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Certify an Application Windows Smart Screen Protection for an Installation Program

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  • To Whom It May Concern:

    I would like to know how to eliminate having the warning message from Windows Smart Screen come up when users are installing a program that we have developed.  The message says, "Windows protected your PC"  "Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting.  Running this app might put your PC at risk."  If you click on "More Info" then you are able to click "Run Anyway" to install the program.

    I believe that as a developer of a 3rd party software application, our application has to be certified by Microsoft as safe somehow, to avoid having to have a user click 'Run Anyway' when installing a 3rd party application from an unknown publisher.  And I'm not sure if a Windows 10 readiness assessment is required as well or not; I don't believe that it is.

    Instead, I think that it might be a much simpler process, as a simple application form for registering our software to provide the following information for the software package that the user downloads and installs.  Below is the information that I was able to provide to other security providers (like Norton Anti-Virus for example) in order for them to have the application "whitelisted" as a safe software to be installed, via submitting a simple on line form that includes the following information for their review and approval as safe to install:  

    File name: XXXXXXXX.msi

    MD5: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    SHA256: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Software Maker:  XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    So I was wondering if MSFT had a similar process for us to register our 3rd party software application as known / safe for the user to install without having to click 'Run Anyway' when they receive the warning message?

    Also, I was wondering if there was a specific phone number that I can call to discuss this inquiry?

    Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.

    Regards,

    preston.hurd

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:37 PM

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