We, like Microsoft, are well aware of malware and security issues on Windows. Microsoft has developed Smart App Control to address the long-standing issue (SAC).
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We, like Microsoft, are well aware of malware and security issues on Windows. Microsoft has developed Smart App Control to address the long-standing issue (SAC). If you're wondering what Smart App Control is in Windows 11, it's an artificial intelligence-powered security feature that intelligently blocks untrusted and unknown apps.
It also prevents unwanted programmes and adware from running on your computer, which can cause slowdowns or display too many advertisements. So, if you want to enable Smart App Control in Windows 11, follow our step-by-step guide.
First, it examines the app for malicious behaviour using AI (the cloud-powered service). If the service determines that the app is safe to run, it will allow the programme to run. If the cloud service is unable to make a decision or detects a red flag, Smart App Control will look for a valid signature. If the app is signed and the signature is verified,SAC will allow it to run; otherwise, it will block the programme. This is the fundamental premise of Windows 11 Smart App Control.
Aside from that, Smart App Control includes an Evaluation mode. SAC initially runs in Evaluation mode to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for always having SAC turned on. If you are a developer or work in corporate and SAC constantly interrupts you, Evaluation mode will disable SAC so you can work without interruption. However, if it determines that you are likely to run malware and viruses during the evaluationperiod, it will keep the SAC turned on.
3. How to Enable Windows 11 Smart App Control
Press the Windows key and search for "smart app" on your Windows 11 PC running the 22H2 build. Now, from the search results, select "Smart App Control."
It will navigate to the SAC settings in Windows Security. Here, select "Smart App Control Settings."
You can now enable Smart App Control, but I recommend using the "Evaluation" mode. This will learn from your usage and enable Smart App Control without annoying you with every untrusted app. SAC is very aggressive in my testing when left on all the time.
4. Disabling Smart App Control in Windows 11 4. I
If you want to disable Control in Windows 11, you can do so, but keep in mind that once you turn it off, you won't be able to re-enable it unless you perform a fresh reinstall of the Windows 11 22H2 update. As a result, it is recommended that you keep SAC enabled on your PC.
If the SAC is disabled and you are unable to enable it, it is because the feature requires a freshinstallation. Furthermore, those who upgraded to the Windows 11 22H2 build via Windows Update are unable to enable SAC. Yes, performing a fresh install of Windows 11 22H2 build to enable a security feature is a big ask, but if you want all-around protection on your PC, you can reset Windows 11 via the cloud. SAC will then be enabled by default.
1. Can I disable Smart App Control for specific apps?
Microsoft confirms that it is not possible to disable Smart App Control for individual apps. You won't be able to install that app until you disable SAC on your Windows 11 PC. Furthermore, contacting the developer and encouraging them to use a valid signature for their apps would be a better solution.
2. Does Windows Smart App Control replace your antivirus software?
3. Block Threats and Untrusted Apps With SAC on Windows 11
That's all there is to Smart App Control and how to use it on your Windows 11 computer. As previously stated, the security feature is quite useful and will prevent many users from running malware on their PC. That's all we have for now. While we're at it, take a look at the best free antivirus for Windows 11 to keep your computers safe and secure from all types of threats. Aside from that, our linked article contains the best privacy settings to change in Windows 11. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.
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