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Windows 10 version 1703 and later provides the latest antivirus protection with Windows Defender Security Center, which contains Windows Defender Antivirus. When you start up Windows 10 for the first time, Windows Defender Antivirus is on and actively helping to protect your device by scanning for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats.

Windows Defender Antivirus uses real-time protection to scan your downloads and the programs you run on your device. Also, Windows Update downloads updates for Windows Defender Antivirus automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

Windows Defender Security Center shows you how Windows Defender Antivirus has been protecting you. It shows you when:
  • Your device was last scanned for threats.
  • Your definitions were last updated. Definitions are files that Windows Defender Antivirus uses to protect your device against the latest threats.
  • The Device performance and health scan was run to ensure your device is operating efficiently.

Windows Defender Security Center has five areas that protect your device and let you specify how you want your device protected:
  • Virus & threat protection - Monitor threats to your device, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats. In Windows 10 version 1709, the section also provides configuration options for Controlled folder access.
  • Device performance & health - See status about your deviceís performance health and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
  • Firewall & network protection - Manage the settings for Windows Defender Firewall, and monitor whatís happening with your networks and Internet connections.
  • App & browser control - Lets you use Windows Defender SmartScreen to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads. Also provides exploit protection where you can customize protection settings for your devices. In Windows 10 version 1709, the section also provides configuration options for Exploit protection.
  • Family options - Provides easy access to managing your childrensí online experiences and the devices in your household.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1709, the App & browser control section can be hidden from users of the PC. This can be useful if you don't want them to see or have access to this section.

If you choose to hide the App & browser control section, it will no longer appear on the home page of the Windows Defender Security Center app, and its icon will not be shown on the navigation bar on the side of the app.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the App and browser control section in the Windows Defender Security Center app for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to hide or show this section in the Windows Defender Security Center.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Hide or Show "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center using Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Hide or Show "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center using a REG file


EXAMPLE: "App & browser control" section in Windows Defender Security Center
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Hide App and Browser Control in Windows Defender Security Center OPTION ONE Hide App and Browser Control in Windows Defender Security Center
Hide or Show "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center using Local Group Policy Editor

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

All editions can use Option TWO 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 Defender Security Center\App and browser protection

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3. In the right pane of App and browser protection in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Hide the App and browser protection area policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

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


 5. To Show "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center

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

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Hide "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center

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

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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

8. Restart the computer to apply.






Hide App and Browser Control in Windows Defender Security Center OPTION TWO Hide App and Browser Control in Windows Defender Security Center
Hide or Show "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center using a REG file

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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\App and Browser protection

UILockdown DWORD

(delete) = Show
1 = Hide

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


 2. To Show "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Show_App_and_browser_control_in_Windows_Defender_Security_Center.reg

download


 3. To Hide "App & browser control" in Windows Defender Security Center

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

Hide_App_and_browser_control_in_Windows_Defender_Security_Center.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, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


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