As part of the in-built security facilities in Windows operating systems, the Security Center checks the firewall settings, automatic updates, anti-malware software settings, Internet security settings and User Account Control settings. The system tray will have an icon of the Security Center notifying the security status. This icon gives the user a confidence about the system security and the on time alerts help avoid mishaps. However, if you think in another context, that is in terms of memory, yes, they are using up a small part of the system memory. This, to some, may feel as a waste.
Windows help says that the memory used up by these Security alerts are minimal, keeping the user’s interest in mind. However, if the system tray becomes crowded and if the users are confident, Windows help gives affirmation on hiding the icon. The steps recommended by the Windows help team will help in doing so.
Steps for hiding the Security Center alerts
- Right-click on an empty spot on the system tray. If your system tray is too crowded, make sure that you are not selecting any other icons.
- Scroll up and select Properties.
- Select Customize in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
- Browse through the list of current items in the task bar’s system tray. Find Windows Security Alerts.
- Left-click on it.
- Select Always hide the icon for Windows Security Alerts.
- Click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog box.
- Hit the Apply button in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.
- Close all dialog boxes.
This will hide the Security Center icon from the system tray. However, the program will still be running and it will keep checking the firewall and malware settings as usual. If any potential threat arises, the icon will show up with the alert message.
If you don’t want the Security Center to alter the taskbar, you can opt for other methods. Below given is one such option. The steps are:
- Click the Start menu and select Control Panel.
- Click Security Center to open the Security Center window.
- Select Change the way Security Center alerts me in the left-hand pane.
- Uncheck the options which you do not want to be alerted for.
- Click the OK button.
- Exit the Security Center and the Control Panel.
This will make sure that the Security Center does not disturb you by popping alert messages.
Hope this article was useful to you!