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    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
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    19 Oct 2018
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    How to Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10


    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.

    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.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, Windows Defender Security Center is now called Windows Security.

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


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon for Current User in Taskbar Settings
    • Option Two: Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon for Current User in Startup Settings
    • Option Three: Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon for Current User in Task Manager
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Windows Security Notification Area Icon for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Five: Enable or Disable Windows Security Notification Area Icon for All Users using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Windows Security notification area icon on taskbar
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    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
    Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for Current User in Taskbar Settings

    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

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17692, this setting is named Windows Security notification icon instead now.

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


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

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Startup on the left side, and turn on (show - default) or off (hide) Windows Defender notification icon for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17692, this setting is named Windows Security notification icon instead now.

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    3. Close Settings.

    4. Sign out and sign in to apply.






    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
    Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for Current User in Task Manager


    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 (show - default) or disable (hide) based on the current status for what you want.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17692, this setting is named Windows Security notification icon instead now.

    3. Sign out and sign in to apply.

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    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 version 1803.

    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Five below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Security\Systray

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    3. In the right pane of Systray in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Hide Windows Security Systray policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    8. Restart the computer to apply.






    Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Hide or Show Windows Security Notification Area Icon in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for All Users using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 version 1803.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Systray

    HideSystray DWORD

    0 or delete = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for All Users

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Windows_Security_notification_icon_for_all_users.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Windows Defender Notification Area Icon for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Windows_Security_notification_icon_for_all_users.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, OK (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    17 Aug 2015 #1

    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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       17 Aug 2015 #2

    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

    Brink said: 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.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       17 Aug 2015 #4

    You're most welcome. :)
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  5.    06 Sep 2015 #5

    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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       06 Sep 2015 #6

    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

    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. Brink's Avatar
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       09 Oct 2015 #8

    I'm glad it could help tazmo. :)
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  9.    15 Nov 2015 #9

    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 :)
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