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Is it normal for the openrct2.EXE to be blocked by Windows defender when I try to launch it for the first time?

I Have virus checked the downloaded openrct2 file with both my third party virus software as well as windows defender and all is good. However, windows defender smart launch does not like the program at all. It blocked the original download of the exe (I had to get the zip file instead) and it blocks it on launch warning it might be dangerous.

Could this be because the file has no verified author or something like that? If my virus checker says it’s good there can’t be anything wrong with it right?

Edited by RCTBob
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This is a problem that happens from time to time. It used to be much more prevalent, but we changed the structure of the program and now it luckily happens much less often.

Some more background can be found here: https://github.com/OpenRCT2/OpenRCT2/wiki/FAQ-&-Common-Issues#why-does-my-virus-scanner-not-trust-openrct2

If Defender is blocking the program outright, try going into its settings window and look for the quarantine section. You should be able to see the blocked attempts at starting OpenRCT2 - you can tell Defender that you want to run it anyway.

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