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Windows protected your PC

On Windows 8 and 10, when you try to open an application you downloaded from the internet, such as a screensaver, you may get an alert saying that "Windows protected your PC", and that "Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting".

A SmartScreen warning on Windows 10

SmartScreen is a malware filter included with the Windows operating system, as well as with other Microsoft programs such as Internet Explorer and Outlook. Officially, its purpose is to protect users against applications with a bad reputation, but in reality SmartScreen unfortunately also blocks many harmless applications, including screensavers.

The screensavers in our archive are safe for you to download and install. However, this requires you to bypass SmartScreen, either temporarily or permanently. Choose a help article from the list below and we will guide you through the steps.

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