Disable Windows Defender Summary Notifications in Windows 10

Do you get a lot of notifications on Windows 10 and are looking to cut them out a little? In this post, we’ve discussed how to disable one such notification that you get daily. Well, it is none other than Windows Defender Summary Notification. Windows Defender is the inbuilt anti-virus solution in Windows which keeps you protected from all kinds of threats. While it shows you a notification whenever it finds something fishy, it also displays a notification if it doesn’t find anything. In this post, we’ll see how to disable these notifications.

Disable Windows Defender Summary Notifications

While it is nothing bad in getting those notifications, but they might get a little annoying sometimes. Or you might already be seeing a lot of notifications and disabling a few can offer some relief. Disabling Windows Defender Summary notifications will not disable Windows Defender. It will continue to run in the background and give you protection against threats, but it will stop showing you notifications about scans that were performed in the background.

This will not stop critical notifications about malicious files or viruses. All in all, all notifications with a positive result will not be displayed at all.

Follow the steps below to see how to disable Windows Defender Summary Notifications on Windows 10.

1: Search for Windows Defender Security Center in the Start menu and start the application. Here you will be able to see the status of all security modules inside Windows Defender.

2: Click on the Settings icon in the bottom left corner.

Disable Windows Defender Summary Notifications

3: Now under Virus and threat protection notifications uncheck the checkbox which says Recent activity and scan results.

This should disable Windows Defender Summary notifications, but you will still get notifications about critical things as I said before. There is one more level of notifications that you can disable. Just below this checkbox, there is another one which says Threat found, but no immediate action is needed. Uncheck this box if you want that no notifications are displayed for some medium level threats that do not require your action. Or the threats which have been automatically resolved by Windows Defender in the background. This is an additional setting that you might consider if you are looking to disable notifications.

There is one more checkbox Files or activities are blocked – we do not recommend disabling it. This is the one that sends you notifications about critical things. You will still be protected, but you will never get to know which malware entered your computer and what was its source. You should have these notifications enabled so that you can identify the source of threats.

This is how you can disable Windows Defender Summary and other types of notifications in Windows 10.

If you want to disable other notifications, head over to Notifications section in Settings.

Read next: Remove Windows Defender Action Needed or Recommended notification.

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