Turn Off Windows Defender Enhanced Summary Notifications

A short guide on how to turn off windows defender summary notification on your windows 10 PC. Get rid of constant annoying summary notification in windows 10.

Microsoft Windows Defender is built-in feature antivirus application which runs in the background and scans Apps, files for malicious content & links. Whenever a program is installed on your PC or you download file from the website it quickly scans and let you know about the problem it finds. It also lets you know when it doesn’t find anything suspicious. You may have experienced Windows Defender Summary Notifications appears almost daily.

Windows defender summary notifications tell you about Windows Defender run scans and found nothing bad. It does so rather frequently, If you find this annoying, you can simply turn off windows Defender summary notification in windows 10.

It is worth noting that disabling windows defender summary notification in windows 10, will not turn off Windows Defender in windows 10.

I personally do not recommend you turning windows defender off unless you have installed a different antivirus on your computer. It will silently run in the background and let you safe from unseen threats.

Turn Off  Windows defender Enhanced Summary Notification

Turning Off windows defender summary notification will differ based on your windows build. This is because Windows Defender is a stand alone app as of the Creators Update.

  • Before Creator Update
  • After Creator Update

To disable enhanced summary notification before creator update, Open the setting App & go to Security & update group settings. Now go to the Windows Defender tab and scroll down to the ‘Enhanced Notifications’ section. Turn off Enhanced Notifications, and it will disable the recent Windows Defender Summary notification.

To turn off windows defender summary notification after creator update

Turn off windows defender summary notification creator update

To open windows defender app in windows 10, simply double click on windows defender icon in the system tray. If you don’t find it in the system tray, or you have disabled it before you can search for the app in windows search to get it via the settings app.

You can see the windows defender app opened, Now click on Virus and Threat Protection tab.

Now Scroll down and click ‘Virus and threat protection settings’.

Windows Defender Virus & Threat Protection settings Windows 10

On the next screen, scroll down to the Notifications section and click ‘Change notification settings’.

Windows Defender Notifications

Here, turn off the ‘Receive recent activity and scan results’ under the ‘Windows Defender Antivirus notifications’ section.

Disable Defender Antivirus Recent activity and scan results

Final Verdict about critical event notifications

This will only turn off the summary notifications you get each time Windows Defender completes a scan. It will not disable any critical alerts. Let’s say, if it detects malicious programs or suspicious links, you will get an alert, telling you to take action.

Run the last scan can be checked by opening the windows defender program and looking at the home screen. You can also get additional details for the recent scan under virus & threat protection.

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