…isn’t commonly downloaded
Windows SmartScreen is an anti-malware component included with several Microsoft products. In Edge, Microsoft’s web browser, it pops up a warning if a file you’ve started downloading is not commonly seen and, since we sell into a niche market, our software products can sometimes fall into this category.
It is usually easy to bypass this deterrent. The description below is for Microsoft Edge, but you may also see these warnings on Google Chrome, and the workaround is similar. It applies to all of our downloads, but the images here are for iccexcel.exe, the installation file for CC-Excel.
To download your software following a Windows SmartScreen “isn’t commonly downloaded” warning, hover your cursor over the warning message. Two icons will appear to its right. Click on the icon with three dots:
A menu will pop up below the warning message. Click Keep:
You will see a further warning. Click on Show more:
This will expand to show further options. Click on Keep anyway to confirm that you want to download the file:
Finally, the download will start. When it has finished, you will find the file in your Downloads folder. Run the file to start the installation process.
A final note
Windows SmartScreen performs an important function, protecting you from downloading viruses, malware, spyware and general digital nastiness. You should always be aware of the source of files before you download them.