The Windows Security app refers to a client interface on Windows 10 version 1703 and newer. It has the ability to make it easier for you to view and control the security protections that you select and understand better the features of the security that already protect you on your Windows 10 device.
There are seven areas in Windows Defender Security Center that protect your device and allow you to specify how you want your device to be protected. Here is the list of all those seven:
- Device security: It provides access to built-in device security settings.
- Account protection: It helps you to protect your identity when logging in Windows with the new Account Protection pillar in Windows Defender Security Center. It will support the password users to set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN for faster log in, and will give the notification for the Dynamic lock users if the Dynamic lock has stopped working in case the phone or device Bluetooth is off.
- Firewall and network protection: It has information and access to firewall settings, such as Windows Defender Firewall.
- Virus and threat protection: It has information and access to antivirus ransomware protection settings and notifications, such as the Controlled folder access feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard and log in to Microsoft OneDrive.
- App and browser control: Windows Defender SmartScreen settings and Exploit protection mitigations.
- Device performance and health: It has information about storage space, drivers, and Windows Update issues in general.
- Family options: It includes access to the parental controls along with tips and some information that can help to keep the children safe online.
This guide will inform you how to hide or show the Windows Security notification area icon on the taskbar for your account or all accounts in Windows 10.
Method 1: Hide or show Windows Security notification area icon for current user in taskbar settings
In order to hide or show Windows Security notification area icons for current users in taskbar settings, you will need to change your notification area icons settings to either Always show all icons in the notification area or turn on (show) or off (hide) Windows Security notification icon.
Method 2: Hide or show Windows Security notification area icon for current user in startup settings
First of all, you will need to open Settings, and click or tap on the Apps icon. Then, click or tap on Startup located on the left side, and turn on (show-default) or off (hide) Windows Security notification icon for what you want. When you are done, close Settings. After that, you can sign out and sign in to apply.
Method 3: Hide or show Windows Security notification area icon for current user in Task Manager
If you want to use this method, you can open Task Manager into the More details view, and then click or tap on the Startup tab. Next, choose the Windows Security notification icon startup item, and enable (show-default) or disable (hide) based on the current status for what you want. In the end, you can sign out and sign in to apply.
Method 4: Enable or disable Windows Security notification area icon for all users in local group policy editor
If you want to enable or disable the Windows Security notification area icon for all users in the local group policy editor, please follow these steps. First, open the Local Group Policy Editor. Second, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Security\Systray in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. Third, double click or tap on the Hide Windows Security Systray policy to edit it. This one is in the right pane of Systray in Local Group Policy Editor. Fifth, choose (dot) Not Configured or Disabled and click or tap on OK if you want to enable the Windows Defender notification area icon for all users. Keep in mind that the Not Configured is the default setting. If you want to disable it, you can just select (dot) Enabled and then click or tap on OK. Seventh, when it is done, you are able to close the Local Group Policy Editor. Eighth, restart the computer to apply.
Method 5: Enable or disable Windows Security notification area icon for all users using a REG file
If you want to enable or disable the Windows Security notification area icon for all users using a REG file, the first thing that you have to do is to enable or disable the Windows Security notification area icon for all users. To enable it, click or tap on the Download button that you can find on the tenforum.com. Meanwhile, if you want to disable it, you can perform the same thing with the download button on the same site. Then, save the .reg file to your desktop. The next thing that should be done is to double click or tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it. When prompted, you can click or tap on Run, OK (UAC), Yes, and Ok in order to indicate that you approve the merge. After that, restart the computer to apply. In addition, you are able to delete the downloaded .reg file if you would like to.
You need to be logged in as an administrator if you want to do this option. It is only available starting with Windows 10 version 1803. The DWORD value in the registry key will be added and modified by the downloadable .reg files.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Systray
0 or delete = Enable
1 = Disable
You can enable using step 2 to make sure the default values are correct.
Windows Security is actually a long-time component of Windows. However, for a lot of Windows iterations, this one was not as obvious as it is on Windows 10. Since the Anniversary Update, this one got a permanent icon in the notification area of your taskbar. While it is easier for those who want to access the built-in security suite, some people find it useless.