Windows 10: This app has been blocked for your protection (Fixed)

Windows 10 brings a host of security enhancements to prevent unauthorized intrusion into the operating system (OS) and user files. However, this mechanism could sometimes block or flag legitimate programs and apps from functioning properly.

Affected Windows 10 users may encounter interference with the execution of normal Windows programs in the form of persistent error messages such as: This app has been blocked for your protection“.


this app has been blocked for your protection


In other words, the issue can interfere with the execution of setup files of a program that you wish to install, wherein you cannot run the setup.exe file even after using elevated Administrator permissions with User Account Control (UAC).

At this moment, you will see an error message with the following subtext:

An administrator has blocked you from running this app. For more information, contact the administrator.

Here are a few simple steps to bypass or circumvent the “protection error” in Windows 10, after enabling the hidden Administrator account.


How To Fix this app has been blocked for your protection Error:


Step 1: 

Right click on Windows logo and open Command Prompt (Admin).


cmd admin in windows 10


Step 2:

Now type “net user administrator /active:yes” and press enter. You will see the successful message.


“net user administrator /active:yes


Step 3:

Now Sign Out. Then find the “Administrator” account on the bottom left.


administrator account in windows 10


Step 4:

Now click and sign in on Administrator account. It’s takes time to setting up apps.


Step 5:

Now find your Software or .exe that you want to install.


Step 6:

As you have already logged into the Administrator account, the SmartScreen protection will be disabled and the installation should complete successfully.


Step 7:

After installing your software, now sign out from Administrator account and sign-in again to your Original Account.


Step 8:

That’s it, now check out the software or app that was installed on “hidden Administrator” account.


Step 9:

Now it’s time to Disable Hidden Administrator Account. Open Command prompt (Admin) and type below command,

net user administrator /active:no




That’s it. You can use this method whenever you run into installation issues. However, we recommend you only do this for trusted .exe files. If your system flags a file which you’re unsure of, don’t install the application.


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