Windows 10: How to turn off the Windows Defender notification-icon in v1703?

  1.    12 Apr 2017 #1

    How to turn off the Windows Defender notification-icon in v1703?


    Tried the group policy, tried the direct registry setting, tried the notification-settings - nothing works anymore. Does anyone know the magic trick to turn off the Windows Defender notification-icon?
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    Any ideas?
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.319)
       12 Apr 2017 #2
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  3.    13 Apr 2017 #3

    Thank you for your answer; I need another way though since I'm not using the task manager.
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       13 Apr 2017 #4

    Starhowl said: View Post
    Thank you for your answer; I need another way though since I'm not using the task manager.
    Why not? It's simple to open Task Manager, just right-click on the taskbar and select it.

    You need to be an administrator (or to run Task Manager as an administrator) to be able to disable anything in Start-up. Any other way of removing the icon would also require admin rights, such as running this in a command prompt:
    taskkill /im MSASCuiL.exe

    Without admin rights, your only alternative is to move the Defender icon into the 'Hidden icons', only visible when you click the up-arrow in the notification area.

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