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

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The article provides a step-by-step guide on how to enable or disable Virus & Threat Protection notifications in the Windows Security app for Windows 11. Receiving these notifications depends on user preferences: for continuous updates on device health and security, they should be enabled; if they’re considered bothersome, they can be turned off. Specific options…

This article describes steps 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 stops unwanted apps or websites. These notifications are purely informational, with no actions required from users. 

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

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

Below is how to do that with the 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 stops 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 results list.

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, 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 problems require 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. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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