The process for downloading files is similar to other browsers to which you are accustomed. You are first asked whether you want to run or open the file you are about to download (depending on its type) or to save it on your computer.
WHen you click Save, the file is automatically downloaded to the Downloads folder. You are not asked whether you want to save the file to another location.
A progress bar appears. If you are downloading multiple files at the same time, the informaВtion is aggregated, and you are shown how many downloads are in progress and how much time remains until all of them are finished. You can close this notification or cancel the download altogether.
Understanding SmartScreen Filter in nternet Explorer Windows 8
Sometimes when you try to download files, Internet Explorer doesn't allow you to do so and says that the file has been reported as unsafe by SmartScreen Filter and cannot be downloaded. The same can happen when trying to view certain websites to which your access is blocked, and you get a similar message.
SmartScreen Filter, mentioned in this message, is a security feature Microsoft introВduced after Internet Explorer 8. It tracks what Internet Explorer users visit and, when an infected file or website has been detected, it blocks access to it to protect you. Files that are reported and confirmed as malware won't download to your computer due to this security feature. Also, websites that are reported and confirmed as distributing malware or trying to steal personal information from their visitors are automatically blocked. Therefore, don't worry! You just have avoided harm to you or to your system.
SmartScreen Filter also looks at how commonly files are downloaded. If you are trying to download a file that is rarely downloaded by other Internet Explorer users, you are warned that the file "is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer."
If you know what that file is supposed to do and you trust the source from which you download it, you can go ahead and run it. If not, it is best either to delete it or to scan it for malware by using Windows Defender or any other security solution before trying to run it. This way, you make sure that you stay away from viruses and other forms of malware.
File Explorer uses the same technology, and you are warned before running files that are marked as infected by SmartScreen Filter.