How to Hide the Virus & Threat Protection Area in Windows 10

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Wondering how to hide the Virus & threat protection area in Windows 10?

Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center includes seven areas, one of which is Virus & threat protection. The program identifies threats and performs regular scans of your device to keep it safe, all while getting updates to identify any new threats that appear on your computer. Moreover, users can perform multiple types of scanning as well as view their previous scan results using this feature. 

If you have multiple users on your PC, it may be a good idea to hide the Virus & threat protection area in Windows 10. In this guide, we will show you how you can do so in a few simple steps. 

Let’s get started!

1. Use Windows Registry.

The Windows Registry maintains low-level settings for Windows and applications that use the Registry.

Windows constantly refers to the Registry for information such as user profiles, what applications are installed on the computer and what types of documents they can produce, what property sheet settings are for folders and icons, and what hardware is present.

In this method, we will use the Windows Registry Editor to hide the Virus & threat protection area in Windows 10.

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter. This will launch Windows Registry on your PC.
  1. Once you are inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Virus and threat protection
  1. If you cannot locate the Virus and threat protection key, then right-click on the Windows Defender Security Center key and select the New > Key option.
  2. Rename this key as Virus and threat protection and double-click on it.
  3. Now right-click anywhere in the right pane and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  4. Rename this newly created value as UILockdown.
  5. Double-click on UILockdown and under Value data, type 1
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Once done, restart your PC to save the changes.

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3. Use Group Policy Editor.

Administrators can use Group Policy Editor to set up and customize both individual computer settings and the settings of entire networks. You can set password requirements, startup programs, and determine what applications or settings users can modify.

The information in the Group Policy Editor is stored in the form of policies and by modifying the relevant policies, you can make your desired changes.

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit Enter. This will launch Group Policy Editor on your PC.
  1. Once you are inside the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Security\Virus and threat protection\
  1. Now locate and double-click on Hide the Virus and threat protection area in the right pane.
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  1. Select Enabled and click on Apply to save the changes. 
  2. Now check if the desired changes have been made. If not, then type cmd in the search bar and click on Run as administrator.
  3. Type the command mentioned below in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter to execute it. 
gpupdate /force

This should make the desired changes in no time.

This brings us to the end of our guide on hiding the Virus & threat protection area in Windows 10. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned in this post did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the steps, please let us know in the comment section below!

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