How to Hide or Display Windows Security App and Browser Control Section in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to hide or show the Windows Security app App & browser control section in Windows 11.

The Windows Security app is a built-in application that comes with Windows 11. It provides a centralized dashboard to see what’s happening with the security and health of your device and take any actions needed.

The app has many sections that allow you to quickly see the status of your virus and threat protection, firewall and network security, Account protection, and more.

The App & browser control section provides the settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites, and downloads.

If have configured your device’s security settings to suit your environment and you don’t want others to change or mess with these settings, you can hide these sections from users.

On the other hand, if these sections are hidden and you want to show them again, you can use the guide below.

How to hide or show the App & browser control section with Windows Security app in Windows 11

As described above, the App & browser control section provides the settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites, and downloads.

First, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy
windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Security > App and browser protection

In the App and browser protection details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting that says “Hide the App and browser protection area“.

windows 11 hide the app and browser protection area
windows 11 hide the app and browser protection area

On the Hide, the Account protection area window set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – The App and browser protection area will be hidden.
  • Disabled – The App and browser protection area will be shown.
windows 11 hide the app and browser protection area options
windows 11 hide the app and browser protection area options

Display or hide the App & browser control section in Windows Security via Windows Registry

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, you can use the Windows Registry instead.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

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

If you don’t see the Windows Defender Security Center -> App and browser protection folder key, simply right-click on the Windows key, then create both key folders.

windows 11 registry app and browser protection key
Windows 11 registry app and browser protection key

On the right pane of the App and browser protection folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named UILockdown.

Double-click the new key and enter the Value data as 0 to show the App and browser protection section in Windows Security app.

A Value data of 1 will hide the App and browser protection section in the Windows Security app.

windows 11 registry app and browser protection key uilockdown
Windows 11 registry app and browser protection key uilockdown

Restart your computer and the App and browser control section will be hidden or will be displayed.

windows 11 windows security app without app and browser control
windows 11 windows security app without app and browser control

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/app-browser-control-in-windows-security-8f68fb65-ebb4-3cfb-4bd7-ef0f376f3dc3

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to show or hide the App and browser control section in Windows Security app in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.