When you start up Windows 11/10 for the first time, Windows Defender Antivirus is enabled and actively helping to protect your device by scanning for malware, viruses, and security threats. Windows Defender has now been integrated with Windows Security and it includes an Account Protection section. In this post, we will explain what is Account Protection in Windows 10 and how you can disable or hide it.
Account Protection in Windows 11/10
The Account Protection area in Windows 11/10, is one of the seven sections included in Windows Security, to protect your device and let you specify how you want your device protected.
The seven sections in Windows Security are:
- Virus & threat protection
- Account protection
- Firewall & network protection
- App & browser control
- Device security
- Device performance & health
- Family options.
The Account Protection section contains settings for your protection.
- Microsoft Account
- Windows Hello for Business
- Dynamic Lock.
The Account Protection area can be hidden from users. This can be useful if, as an admin, you don’t want them to see or have access to this area. If you choose to hide the Account protection area, it will no longer appear on the home page of the Windows Security Center, and its icon will not be shown on the navigation bar on the side of the app.
Show or Hide Account Protection in Windows Security via GPEDIT
- Run gpedit to open the Group Policy Editor
- Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Windows Security > Account protection.
- Open the Hide the Account protection area setting
- Set it to Enabled
- Click OK.
Hide Account Protection in Windows Security via Registry
- Double-click the downloaded Hide-Account-protection.reg file to merge it.
- Click Run on the prompt. Click Yes on UAC prompt and OK to allow the merge.
- Restart PC to apply.
You can now delete the downloaded .reg file.
Show Account Protection in Windows Security via Registry
- Double-click the downloaded Show-Account-protection.reg file to merge it.
- Click Run on the prompt. Click Yes on UAC prompt, and OK to allow the merge.
- Restart PC to apply.
You can click here to download the zipped Registry files from our servers.
This is how you can show or hide the Account Protection area in Windows Security.