If “This App has been blocked for Protection”! How to Fix it?

Sometimes, user faces the problem that this app has been blocked for protection. This issue stops the running and installation of the application. In order to fix this issue, the user must read the below article. For more info, the customer should visit to Microsoft via www.office.com/setup.

Method to Fix “This App has been Blocked For Protection”:

1. Enable Hidden Administrator Account:

You should open the Command Prompt with administrator privilege. Then in the command prompt, you need to type “net user administrator /active:yes” and press enter key. Now, you will see a successful message will display on your screen. When you Sign Out, then you will find “Administrator” account which is located at the bottom left side of the screen. If you click on the sign-in in an Administrator account, then it will take some time to set up apps. Now, you will find the Software or .exe which you wish to install. Here, you will view the error is gone and then just install your software. At this point, you should sign out from the Administrator account and then sign in again to your Original Account. Now, you have to find out the software or app which was installed on the “hidden Administrator” account. Then, you have to disable Hidden Administrator Account. At last, you should open Command prompt as Admin and then type command,

net user administrator /active:no

2. Run Application from Elevated Command Prompt:

First, you should open the location of the application .exe just by right-tapping on the shortcut. From Properties box, you should copy the full path. Then, press Windows + X keys altogether and then tap on A key and then open Command Prompt as admin. After this in the Command Prompt, you need to type or paste the path of the application which you have copied earlier and then press Enter key. If the procedure complete, then you should close the Command Prompt.

3. Change Local Group Policy:

You need to press Win+R keys together and then in the Run box, you should type gpedit.msc and press Enter key. Now, in the left window of Local Group Policy Editor, you should tap on Computer Configuration and then tap on Windows Settings. After this, you should click on Security Settings and then hit on Local Policies and tap on Security Options. Then in the right side windows, you should double click on User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode. Here, you should disable the security settings and then tap on OK. At last, you should close Local Group Policy Editor and then restart your PC.

4. Disable Windows SmartScreen:

First, open Control Panel and then search for Smartscreen. After this, you should tap on “Change Smartscreen Settings” which is there Under Security & Maintenance. Now, you should hit on the Security in order to view Drop Down Options. At this point, you should tap on the Change Settings for Windows Smartscreen. Then, you should choose Don’t do anything (Turn off Windows Smartscreen) and then hit OK. At the end, you should try to install your app, and then check the error is fixed or not.

With this above method, the user can fix the issue If This App has been blocked for Protection. For more assistance, the user should go to www.office.com/myaccount.  

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