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While protecting your PC, Windows Defender sends frequent notifications that can become bothersome over time. Here’s how to manage those notifications (or turn them off completely) in Windows 10.

First, open the Start menu and type “Windows Security.” Press Enter or click the “Windows Security” shortcut to launch it.

(Windows Defender is now known as Windows Security.)

Launch Windows Security from Start menu in Windows 10

In Windows Security, navigate to “Virus & Threat Protection.” Then click “Manage Settings.”

In “Virus & Threat Protection Settings,” scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click “Change Notification Settings.”

The first section, “Virus & Threat Protection Notifications,” controls notifications related to Windows Defender.

If you’d like to disable all Defender-related notifications, click the toggle switch until it says “Off.”

Virus and threat protection notifications in Windows 10

Otherwise, if you’d like to leave it on, you can independently control three sub-options with checkboxes: “Recent Activity And Scan Results,” “Threats Found, But No Immediate Action Is Needed,” and “Files Or Activities Are Blocked.

If you’d like to turn any of those off, uncheck the checkbox beside it. When you’re done, close Windows Security, and your settings will be saved. Peace at last.

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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