One of the most annoying things that I find in Windows XP and Windows Vista is that when ever you disable an important security setting, a Windows Security Center Alert icon will pop up at the taskbar. If you are looking it from a security perspective its a good way to notify a novice user about any changes he/she has made that could eventually threaten the security of the system.
In general this alert will be triggered each time you Disable a security program, such as Firewall or antivirus, especially when you uninstall an anti-virus or its signatures get out-dated. Besides that there are several other reasons where this pop up can appear. None the less, most users hate when a pop up message is displayed. If you are looking for a way to turn off this feature, read on…
Disable Security Center Alerts in Windows Vista
step #1. Go to Control Panel and under Security, click ‘Check this Computer’s security Status‘ link,
step #2. A small window will pop out. At the left side of the pane, click ‘Change the way Security Center alerts me‘. Reference screen-shot below,
step #3. Again a small window will appear, here three options are provided namely;
- Yes notify me and display the icon
- Don’t notify me, but display the icon
- Don’t notify me and don’t display the icon
step #4. Select the last option.
step #5. Restart system for changes to take effect.
Disable Security Center Alerts in Windows XP
Same procedure goes for Windows XP. However, after step #4 an Alert Settings dialog box will appear. Clear the Firewall, Automatic Updates, and/or Virus Protection check boxes to disable the respective component’s alert. Source