Why is Windows warning me about 'harming my computer' and 'putting my PC at risk' when I try to install InqScribe?

Microsoft has introduced a new system for verifying the authenticity of desktop applications called SmartScreen that may trigger warnings when you download and install InqScribe. It may report messages such as "This program is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer." or "Windows protected your PC. Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk."

While this new system does insure that you are downloading an application that has not been tampered with, it also introduces errant warnings, especially with a newly released software applications and updates, such as InqScribe version releases. See this Microsoft article for technical details.

Rest assured that the InqScribe application is signed and has a valid certificate (You can check it yourself by viewing the Properties of the installer application). We (Inquirium LLC, the developers of InqScribe) follow industry best practices in insuring the security of our software.

However, as we mentioned earlier, due to the nature of how Windows is handling security, it is common for newly released applications to experience false warnings about security.  Such is the case with the latest version of InqScribe, as we have added a new signing certificate. This warning will eventually go away as more folks download and install the software and the reputation increases over time.

Here are some detailed installation instructions to help you install:

To Install on Windows 7
    1.    Go to http://www.inqscribe.com/download.html
    2.    Click on the "Free Download" button.
    3.    If your browser asks "Do you want to run or save InqScribe_2.2.1.253.3xe (4.71 MB) from files.inqscribe.com?" click "Run"
    4.    Your browser might report "InqScribe_2.2.1.253.exe is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer."  Click on "Actions"
    5.    Click on "Run anyway"
    6.    Continue with the InqScribe installation instructions.

To Install on Windows 8
    1.    Go to http://www.inqscribe.com/download.html
    2.    Click on the "Free Download" button.
    3.    After downloading and running the installer, Windows might report "Windows protected your PC.  Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk."
    4.    Click on "More info" to reveal other options.
    5.    Click on the "Run anyway" button
    6.    Continue with the InqScribe installation instructions.

As always, please contact us if you should have any problems or questions with installation.I

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