Windows Defender Notification

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How to Change Windows Defender Notification Options
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This will show you how to adjust the Windows Defender notification options for real-time protection to what, when, and how you want it to notify and ask you for permission about system changes in Vista.
How to Change Windows Defender Notification Options

information   Information
This will show you how to adjust the Windows Defender notification options for real-time protection to what, when, and how you want it to notify and ask you for permission about system changes in Vista.
Note   Note
Obviously Windows Defender will need to be turned on to allow alert notifications. ;)

EXAMPLE: Windows Defender asking you to approve this action.
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Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View)​
2. Click on the Windows Defender icon.​
3. Click on Tools. (At top)​
4. Click on Options in the main window. (See screenshot below)​
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5. Scroll down to the Real-time protection options. (See screenshot below)
Note   Note
You will need to have real-time protection turned on to allow for alert notifications from Windows Defender.
6. To Turn Off Real-Time Protection
NOTE: If you turn off real-time protection, you can still run Windows Defender scanner manually.​
A) Uncheck Use real-time protection (recommended). (See screenshot below step 7D)​
B) Go to step 8.​

7. To Turn On Real-Time Protection
A) Check Use real-time protection (recommended). (See screenshot below step 7D)​
B) Check the security agents you want to run. (See table below for descriptions)​

Security Agent

Description

Auto Start

Monitors lists of programs that are allowed to automatically run when you start your computer. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can be set to run automatically when Windows starts. That way, it can run without your knowledge and collect information. It can also make your computer start or run slowly.

System Configuration (Settings)

Monitors security-related settings in Windows. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can change hardware and software security settings, and then collect information that can be used to further undermine your computer’s security.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

Monitors programs that automatically run when you start Internet Explorer. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can masquerade as web browser add-ons and run without your knowledge.

Internet Explorer Configurations (Settings)

Monitors browser security settings, which are your first line of defense against malicious content on the Internet. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can try to change these settings without your knowledge.

Internet Explorer Downloads

Monitors files and programs that are designed to work with Internet Explorer, such as ActiveX controls and software installation programs. These files can be downloaded, installed, or run by the browser itself. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can be included with these files and installed without your knowledge.

Services and Drivers

Monitors files and programs that are designed to work with Internet Explorer, such as ActiveX controls and software installation programs. These files can be downloaded, installed, or run by the browser itself. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can be included with these files and installed without your knowledge.

Application Execution

Monitors when programs start and any operations they perform while running. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can use vulnerabilities in programs that you have installed to run malicious or unwanted software without your knowledge. For example, spyware can run itself in the background when you start a program that you frequently use. Windows Defender monitors your programs and alerts you if suspicious activity is detected.

Application Registration

Monitors tools and files in the operating system where programs can register to run at any time, not just when you start Windows or another program. Spyware and other potentially unwanted software can register a program to start without notice and run, for example, at a scheduled time each day. This allows the program to collect information about you or your computer or gain access to important software in the operating system without your knowledge.

Windows Add-ons

Monitors add-on programs (also known as software utilities) for Windows. Add-ons are designed to enhance your computing experience in areas such as security, browsing, productivity, and multimedia. However, add-ons can also install programs that will collect information about you or your online activities and expose sensitive, personal information, often to advertisers.

C) Check any option you want under Choose if Windows Defender should notify you about.​
D) Dot the option you want under Choose when the Windows Defender icon appears in the notification area.​
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8. Click on Save when done. (See screenshot above)​
9. Close Windows Defender and Control Panel.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Hi Shawn,

Windows Defender has recently decided to appear in the Notification area every startup, telling me a scan hasn't been performed in x days, so I do the scan now option.

Next day startup - same thing except it is now x+1 days. I changed the scheduled scan to start on the next hour ( so my machine would still be on, and sure enough, it scanned as scheduled ).

Next day startup, there he was again, telling me there's been no scan for x+2 days.

Any ideas ?

Thanks

SIW2
 
Hi SIW2,

This happens if the Windows Defender history has been cleared. If you have the program CCleaner installed, then check to make sure that in the Cleaner icon button that Windows Defender is unchecked in the Applications tab before running it.

Hope this help,
Shawn
 
Thanks Shawn,

I knew the history was being cleared - couldn't figure how.

Had used ccleaner before without any problems and recently started reusing it, which is why I didn't think that might be the cause.

Must have had Defender option unticked previously and didn't untick it when reinstalling - must be ticked by default.

Sometimes can't see the wood for the trees.

SIW2
 
Dear Shawn and others,

For the past two days, my windows defender notification has been showing up as to find new updates.. when i did try to find one, it says no new updates were found.. but still the icon appears with a "!" mark.. I dont know what to do.. let me know how to proceed with it..
 
Dear Shawn and others,

For the past two days, my windows defender notification has been showing up as to find new updates.. when i did try to find one, it says no new updates were found.. but still the icon appears with a "!" mark.. I dont know what to do.. let me know how to proceed with it..
Hi there,

Windows Defender gets updates through Windows/Microsoft Updates. I suggest that you manually check for updates. Hope this helps.

P.S. The Ccleaner function came as a surprise for me too. I wonder how it first got there. I mean I didn't upgrade my version of Ccleaner in a while and it just suddenly popped up. Anybody might know how this happened.
 
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