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    Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: Security System
    02 Aug 2015 Last Updated: 18 May 2017 at 14:27

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    How to Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows Defender helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it's installed.

    Windows Defender is included with Windows and helps keep malware from infecting your PC in two ways:
    • Providing real-time protection. Windows Defender notifies you when malware tries to install itself or run on your PC. It also notifies you when apps try to change important settings.
    • Providing anytime scanning options. Windows Defender automatically scans your PC for installed malware on a regular basis, but you can also start a scan whenever you want. Windows Defender automatically removes (or temporarily quarantines) anything that's detected during a scan.


    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Windows Defender notification area icon on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

    warning   Warning
    When you install some 3rd party antivirus (AV) programs, they may automatically turn off Windows Defender. In this case you will not be able to turn on Windows Defender again until the 3rd party AV program has been completely uninstalled.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Settings
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Task Manager


    EXAMPLE: Windows Defender notification area icon on taskbar
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    Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
    Hide or Show Icons in Notification Area Icons in Settings app

    1. Change your notification area icons settings to either Always show all icons in the notification area or turn on (show) or off (hide) Windows Defender notification icon (see screenshot below)

    How to Hide or Show Notification Area Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10

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    Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Task Manager

    Note   Note
    If you disable the icon using this option, it will override OPTION ONE above.


    1. Open Task Manager into the More details view, and click/tap on the Startup tab. (see screenshot below)

    2. Select the Windows Defender notification icon startup item, and enable (default) or disable based on the current status for what you want.

    3. Sign out and sign in to apply.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    17 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Question: Windows Defender does show in my system tray when malware is detected, so will this tutorial make it show permanently? Also I unchecked the option to always show icons and notifications; will this affect Windows Defender from showing?
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  2.    17 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    Hello TON,

    This tutorial basically adds the Windows Defender icon to run at startup so it will always show.

    If you set to not always how all icons in the notification area, Windows Defender will be in the expansion menu of notification area icons instead.
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  3.    17 Aug 2015 #3
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello TON,

    This tutorial basically adds the Windows Defender icon to run at startup so it will always show.

    If you set to not always how all icons in the notification area, Windows Defender will be in the expansion menu of notification area icons instead.
    Got it. Thanks for the quick reply! I've been looking for a fix to this.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    17 Aug 2015 #4
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    You're most welcome.
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  5.    06 Sep 2015 #5
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    Is there a way for the desktop context menu items from Windows Defender context menu - Add in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums to appear in here instead? So when I right click the defender icon in the notification area, I get 'Update', 'Quick Scan' etc. That will consolidate things nicely in one place..
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  6.    06 Sep 2015 #6
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    Hello Krytoned,

    That would be great if so, but there's not a way to add them that I'm aware of.

    Please send feedback to Microsoft for this requested feature to hopefully have it added one day.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7...dows-10-a.html
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  7.    09 Oct 2015 #7
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    Posts : 130
    Windows 10 Pro

    Thanks Brink it works like a charm, now the icon shows on restart and I can update it when I choose rather than going to settings etc etc and it showing makes me feel like its doing something rather than chasing it down only to find the 'Scan Now' deal in orange staring me in the face....good job!
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  8.    09 Oct 2015 #8
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    I'm glad it could help tazmo.
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  9.    15 Nov 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 7 (SP1)

    I love these articles and scripts you do, thanks very much for them they save me heaps of time (while costing lots of yours) so thank you
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 
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