The SmartScreen Filter is a feature in Internet Explorer 8 that helps detect fraudulent websites that might install malicious software onto your computer or try to trick you into turning over personal information.

What does is mean when a website is blocked and flagged in red as a reported unsafe website?

A website flagged as unsafe is one that's been confirmed by reputable sources as fraudulent or linking to malicious software and has been reported to Microsoft. Microsoft recommends you do not give any information to or download anything from a website that SmartScreen Filter reports as unsafe.

How do I report a phishing websites?

Follow these steps to report a phishing website:

  1. Go to the phishing website in Internet Explorer 8.
  2. Click the Safety button (or the shield icon), point to SmartScreen Filter, and then click Report This Website.
  3. Use the webpage that is displayed to report the website.


To see learn more, see SmartScreen Filter: Frequently asked questions.