Can you suppress or disable Security Center notifications in Windows 10?

The Security Center in the Windows operating system runs a service in the background to keep a constant check on the security state of your computer. If it finds that the Windows Firewall, any AntiVirus software is not running or if it finds that Windows Updates has been disabled on your system, it automatically shows a notification to warn you about it, and offers recommendations to fix the situation.

Can you disable Security Center notifications in Windows 10?

suppress Security Center notifications in Windows 10

In Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you could turn off, disable or suppress such Security Center notifications by configuring the Group Policy or editing the following Registry key values:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\Security Center

Change the default value of the following DWORDs from 0 to 1:

  • AntiVirusDisableNotify
  • FirewallDisableNotify
  • UpdatesDisableNotify

If you try to do this in Windows 10 it will not work.

This is because, Microsoft identified a security vulnerability with these registry keys that allowed hackers and malware to hide Security Center warnings. Due to these security concerns, the functionality and underlying registry keys have been removed in Windows 10.

This post will show you how to disable Action Center in Windows 10.

See these posts if:

  1. Windows Security Center does not start
  2. Windows Security Center identifies old security software as installed
  3. Windows Security Center does not detect ANY installed antivirus software.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.