How To Disable Security Center Alerts in Windows XP and Vista

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;

  1. Yes notify me and display the icon
  2. Don’t notify me, but display the icon
  3. 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


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