How to Hide Windows Security Icon

Here’s how to hide the Windows Security icon in the Windows 10 notification area:

Open local group policy editor.

Navigate to the Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Security > Systray.

Then double-click “Hide Windows Security Systray” in the right pane.

Select Enabled.

Hit the OK button.

Restart your PC.

That’s all.

Note: In order to view it, follow the steps above but select Not Configured or Disabled.

Alternate Methods

Method #1

Open Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows Defender Security Center > Systray.

If you can’t find Systray, create it. You can do that by right-clicking on the Windows Defender Security Center, and selecting New > Key. Hit the Enter key after typing Systray.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter HideSystray as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

Restart your PC.

That’s it.

Note: If you want to show it, follow the above steps but replace the 1 with 0 or remove the DWORD you created above.

Method #2

Go to the Startup tab in the Task Manager.

You should now see the Windows Security notification icon. Disable it.

Restart your computer.

Note: If you want to show it, follow the steps above but enable it.

Alternatively, you can do the same task using these steps:

Right-click on the Start button.

Hit Apps and Features.

Click on Startup on the left sidebar.

Turn off the Windows Security notification icon.

Restart your PC.

Note: To view it, follow the steps above but turn it on.

Method #3

Open the taskbar settings.

Hit Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Turn off the Windows Security notification icon.

Note: To view it, follow the steps above but turn it on.

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