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Download Taskline, Problems With Microsoft Defender SmartScreen?

Sometimes Microsoft Defender SmartScreen blocks Taskline Setup, especially if we’ve recently released a new update, which will be a new and unrecognized file to Microsoft Defender. So, if you see this pop-up:

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen unrecognized app

Click More info, then Run anyway

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen run anyway

How to Proceed if the More Info link is Not Available

Sometimes the More Info link is not available and you will need to explicitly tell Windows Defender that Taskline is safe. To do this:

  • Click Windows Start Settings Update and SecurityWindows SecurityVirus and threat protection.
  • Under Virus & threat protection settings, select Manage settings, and then under Exclusions (near the bottom of the screen), click Add or remove exclusions.
  • Click Add an exclusion then select File. In the file selector dialog that then appears, enter the full pathname of the Taskline EXE in File name box.

During Taskline Setup, the full pathname of the Taskline EXE will a temporary filename. There is an option in Taskline Setup to copy this pathname to the clipboard if Setup hits anti-virus problems. Paste this into the File name box and click the Open button. You will need to repeat this Add an exclusion process for the full pathname of the installed Taskline EXE, which by default is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\ResultsWare\Taskline\Taskline.exe

How to Proceed if You Don't Have Permission to Add Exclusions

It's possible that your company don't give you permission to add exclusions to Windows Defender. In this case, you can add exclusions using the registry editor RegEdit. However, you will need to run RegEdit with Administrator permissions to do this.

  • Start the Registry Editor
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Exclusions\Paths
    Note that you may need to create the Exclusions and/or Paths keys.
  • Create 2 new DWORD values for the 2 Taskline EXEs (see above). The Name is the full pathname of the Taskline EXE, the Data should be left at 0
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