I know this is probably not the best place to ask this question however I'm assuming that a lot of you have run into this problem. So first of all, I'm a new game developer trying to have this game released onto this platform. The first problem I ran into was that my Unity3D game came with a Data folder and it was making it very difficult to release the game since I really don't expect that most people would like to unzip a game before playing it.
Then I did some searching on YouTube and found that two game developers were using an installer program called innosetup. So I went ahead and tried it, then tried uploading the finished exe file to my project game area, however when I tried downloading and running the exe, I got this error: Windows Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk. I figured that maybe the error was caused not by the exe being unsafe but maybe that innosetup was not a recognizable application?
So I took that off and bought an almost $50 copy of WinZip Self Extractor because I figured that everyone knows what WinZip is but then when I set it up and run the WinZip of the exe game, I get the same error. So I'm at the point where I feel that unless I just release a zipped version of the game, I'm always going to get that error and I know that other small game devs don't jump through this many hoops to release their small games so I'm just wondering how game devs get around this Windows warning message? Is there a process that I can go through to prove my game is safe?
Anyway thanks so much for reading through and maybe offering a suggestion.