How to Turn On or Off Windows Security Virus and Threat Protection Notifications in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to enable or disable the Windows Security app Virus & threat protection notifications in Windows 11.

Windows Security by default will send notifications with critical information about the health and security of your device.

The Windows Security app will notify users whenever the Virus & threat protection feature takes action, either by blocking unwanted apps or websites. These notifications are purely informational with no actions required from users. 

If you are constantly receiving notifications that a threat was successfully blocked, or that a malware scan was completed successfully, and you don’t want to keep receiving these, you can turn it off.

On the other hand, if you want to be aware of what’s happening with your computer, then simply turn it on.

Below is how to do that with Windows Security app in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable Windows Security app virus & threat protection notifications in Windows 11

As described above, the Windows Security app will notify users whenever the Virus & threat protection feature takes action, either by blocking unwanted apps or websites.

You can keep receiving notifications or stop receiving them together.

Below is how to disable or enable Virus & threat protection notifications with the Windows Security app in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, click the Start menu, and in the search box, type Windows Security, then select Windows Security in the list of results.

windows 11 search windows security app on start menu
windows 11 search the windows security app on the start menu

In the Windows Security app, click the Settings button (gear) on the button left of the Security at a glance window.

windows 11 windows security app settings button
windows 11 windows security app settings button

On the Settings page, under Notifications, click the Manage notifications link.

windows 11 windows security app manage notifications
windows 11 windows security app manage notifications

On the Notifications pane, under Virus & threat protection notifications, toggle the button to the Off position to disable.

To enable, simply toggle the button back to the On position.

windows 11 virus and threat protection windows security app button
windows 11 virus and threat protection windows security app button

You may also selectively receive notifications only for boxes that are checked next to the available options:

  • Recent activity and scan results
  • Threats found, but no immediate action is needed
  • Files or activities are blocked

You will also receive notifications when there are problems that require your immediate attention regardless of the settings here.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-security-center/wdsc-hide-notifications

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Virus & threat protection notifications with the Windows Security app in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.