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When you first start Windows 10, Windows Defender Antivirus is enabled and actively helps protect your device by scanning for malware, viruses and security threats. Windows Defender is now integrated with Windows security and includes an account protection section. In this article, we will explain what account protection under Windows 10 is and how you can disable or hide it.
Windows Defender Antivirus uses real-time protection to analyze your downloads and the programs you run on your device. Windows Update also automatically downloads Windows Defender Antivirus updates to protect your device and protect it from threats.
The Windows Defender Security Center shows you how Windows Defender Antivirus has protected you. It shows you when:
- Your device was last scanned for threats.
- Your definitions have been updated for the last time. Definitions are files that Windows Defender Antivirus uses to protect your device from the latest threats.
- The analysis of the performance and health status of the device has been performed to ensure that your device is operating effectively.
To hide the Account Protection section via a group policy
You can hide the entire section using the group policy. The section does not appear on the Windows security application home page and its icon does not appear in the application’s navigation bar.
- On your group policy management machine, open the Group Policy Management Console, right-click the group policy object you want to configure, and then click Edit.
- In the Group Policy Management editor, go to Computer Configuration and click Administrative Templates.
- Expand the tree structure to include Windows Components > Windows Security > Account Protection.
- Open the Hide Account Protection Area setting and set it to Enabled. Click on OK.
- Deploy the updated GPO as usual.
Hide account protection in Windows security from the Windows registry
Before continuing, please be aware that the Windows registry is a sensitive database. The slightest error can make your computer unusable. So, if you are not sure of your technical skills, we recommend that you consult a professional. If, however, you think you can follow the instructions for a tea, continue with the following steps:
- Press Windows + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
- In the Run dialog box, type “regedit” (no quotation marks), then click OK.
- Once in the Registry Editor, navigate to this path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Account Protection
- Now go to the right area and right-click on the UILockdown-DWORT.
- To view account protection in Windows Security, select Delete.
- To hide account protection in Windows security, select Change, then change the data value to 1.
- After completing the steps, exit the registry editor and restart your computer.
Of course, it is not a permanent solution, but it is the best option to disable Windows 10 Antivirus to perform certain tasks.
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