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How To Bypass The "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" Warning Message In Windows 10

The Windows 10 operating system is aggressive in protecting users from suspicious or potentially malicious software. In general, this is beneficial, however, it can also prevent installation of software deemed by users to be safe. This situation produces an error message stating: "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" or "This app has been blocked for your protection".

The Windows error (more like a notification) prevents users from downloading and/or installing applications. In earlier Windows versions, this error message was generated from installed anti-virus software only, but now Windows includes the built-in Windows Defender and UAC (User Account Control) software responsible for keeping users safe from potential threats. The "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" error means that the system is preventing you from running a suspicious installation (setup.exe) file that could infect the computer with malware or other viruses. If you are not sure if a setup file can be trusted, we recommend that you do not ignore this warning message.

The message could appear even when attempting to download or install legitimate software, such as hardware drivers. In this case, it can be frustrating and will limit your actions. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this warning. Read the guide below and try out the solutions provided.

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Disable Windows SmartScreen Feature

First, we recommend that you disable Windows SmartScreen (officially called Windows SmartScreen, Windows Defender SmartScreen, and SmartScreen Filter), a cloud-based anti-phishing and anti-malware component included in several Microsoft products, including Windows 10. It determines whether a downloaded app or app installer is potentially malicious by checking downloaded files against a list of reported malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. It also checks downloaded files against a list of files that are well known and downloaded by many Windows users. If the file is not on that list, SmartScreen shows a warning advising you to take caution. This feature might be responsible for the error you are seeing and is preventing installation of the app. If this is the case, disable SmartScreen and see if the error persists. To disable SmartScreen, go to Search and type "smartscreen" and click the "App & browser control" result to open it.

disable windows SmartScreen step 1

In Windows Defender Security Center, select "Off" under "Check apps and files" - Windows Defender Smart screen will no longer protect the device by checking for unrecognised apps and files from the web.

disable windows SmartScreen step 2

NOTE: You will need to provide administrator approval to proceed. When you have finished, try to install the app again and see if the error still appears.

Alternatively, check if the particular file (a setup file) is blocked. Locate the file, right-click it, and select "Properties" from the contextual menu.

disable windows SmartScreen step 3

Now, find the "Security" section in the General tab and check the checkbox next to "Unblock" - this should mark the file as safe and let you install it. Click "Apply" to save the changes and try to launch the installation file again.

disable windows SmartScreen step 4

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Run The File Using Command Prompt

Command Prompt is the input field in a text-based user interface screen, a command line interpreter application available in most Windows operating systems. It is used to execute entered commands. Most of the commands are used to automate tasks through scripts and batch files, perform advanced administrative functions, troubleshoot and solve certain kinds of Windows issues. In early days of computing, Command prompt was the only way to interact with the computer, so a simple set of commands with rigid syntax was used to perform system functions. Command Prompt's official name is Windows Command Processor but is sometimes called ​the command shell, cmd prompt, or even referred to by its filename: cmd.exe

To use Command Prompt, you must enter a valid command along with any optional parameters. It then executes the command as entered and performs whatever task or function it is designed to perform. Some commands available in Windows require that you run them from an elevated Command Prompt. This means you have to be running it with administrator level privileges. If you try to execute a command that requires administrative privileges from a normal Command Prompt, you will receive an message stating that you must be an administrator running a console, or that access is denied and you do not have sufficient privileges. To avoid "An administrator has blocked you from running this app", we recommend that you try to run the installation file using the elevated Command Prompt. To open it, type "command prompt" in Search and right-click the "Command Prompt" result, and then select "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu.

run the file using command prompt step 1

Locate the file you want to install and go to its Properties (right-click the file and select "Properties" from the contextual menu). Then, enter its location in Command Prompt and type the exact file name. In our example, it would be "C:\Users\test\Downloads\wlsetup-all.exe".

run the file using command prompt step 2

Press Enter to execute the command and see if this solves the problem and overrides the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning message.

run the file using command prompt step 3

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Use Hidden Administrative Account

To successfully install your desired application, you might need to use the hidden administrator account. To use it, launch Command Prompt as administrator and type this command: "net user administrator /active:yes".

use hidden administrator account

Now sign out of your current account and then sign in to your administrator account again. Locate the file you wish to install and install it - see if you still receive the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning. If you wish to disable the hidden administrator account, type the same command with the "yes" replaced with "no" ("net user administrator /active:no").

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Check Your Antivirus

Some users have reported that they receive the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning message because their antivirus software prevents them from running and installing certain applications. If you are using any third-party antivirus software, make sure that the associated settings are not blocking the application. If you are not able to find these settings, we recommend that you simply disable the antivirus software (temporarily)and see if this is the cause.

We hope that these methods were helpful and you are now able to install your application without receiving the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning message. If you know of other methods to solve this problem not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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