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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 318
    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Aug 2016 #1

    After the anniversary update: Windows Defender is suddenly visible

    After the Anniversary Update Windows Defender inserts itself into the context menu and also adds its icon to the Notification Area.

    This is despite the fact that Windows Defender is turned off on my machine. Also, Settings -> Personalize ->Taskbar -> Selects winch icons appear on the taskbar setting says "Windows Defender notification icon = OFF".

    I can get rid of the context menu entry using the reg hack from here. But how do I suppress the Notification Area icon? And why is it even displaying that icon, despite the above settings?
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  2. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 3,082
    EL Capitan
       02 Aug 2016 #2

    That is correct. It is the new behavior for it, because there are still some bugs that have to be worked out. Everyone that installs the Anniversary, are once again the Guinea Pigs, just like when 10 was released.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 318
    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Aug 2016 #3

    Well, that Windows Defender icon disappeared from the notification area after a few reboots. So apparently this was some kind of "just updated" glitch.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,465
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       02 Aug 2016 #4

    Hello Andrey,

    If it shows up again, then an option in the tutorial below may help.

    Windows Defender Notification Area Icon - Hide or Show in Windows 10
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       03 Aug 2016 #5

    I would have uninstalled any third party antivirus prior to updating to Redstone, just to be on the safe side.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Eastbourne East Sussex UK
    Posts : 2,445
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 143934.693
       03 Aug 2016 #6

    I love the defender icon saves me having to click on it all the time
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  7. Joined : Apr 2016
    Manchester, U.K.
    Posts : 287
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       03 Aug 2016 #7

    I have Norton & after AU finished installing/setting up Win Defender popped up saying would I like to use it to do occasional scans (paraphrasing here), it recognised I had a 3rd party AV software installed so I assume it's a new feature.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 37
    Windows 10 X64 Home
       04 Oct 2016 #8

    A Recent thread.................... also on my Windows 10 the ICON has been appears on System Tray and it's appears today whitout any sense because it's never appears and because i have the latest version of Avira installed.

    How i can definelly disable this icon ? I have try to look on startup on task managers and there's no voices about Windows Defender... i have also tryed to look on services... no voices.

    Ok i can hide the icon.... but i ever used to obtain all icon visible.... how i can do to leave again this icon ?
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       04 Oct 2016 #9

    I think you can now have Defender + some other antivirus at the same time. Not 100% sure though.
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  10. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 80
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       04 Oct 2016 #10

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    I think you can now have Defender + some other antivirus at the same time. Not 100% sure though.
    Yes, the Anniversary update included the new functionality. Windows Defender remains onboard so you can use it for scans [in much the same way that you might have Malwarebytes free installed for manual scanning].

    If you want to see confirmation then read What's new in Windows Defender.

    This new facility is also referred to as Limited periodic scanning and is discussed in
    Limited Periodic Scanning - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Limited Periodic Scanning in Windows 10 to Provide Additional Malware Protection – Microsoft Malware Protection Center [TechNet]

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