What to do when ‘Actions recommended’ yellow warning appears on PC

Aleksandar Ognjanovic By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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Windows Defender Action Center is still a work in progress but users are fairly satisfied with unified protective and performance-monitoring features in one menu. However, there seems to be a bug which affects many Windows 10 users. Based on reports, users are prompted with the “Actions recommended” message and the yellow warning sign even though there’s no action needed.

Today we’ll try and address this with a few potential solutions listed below.

How to dismiss “Actions recommended” yellow Windows Defender warning

  1. Make sure all pillars are green
  2. Check for updates
  3. Disable and re-enable notifications for Windows Defender
  4. Sign in with a Microsoft account and scan for malware
  5. Disable all notifications for Windows Defender

Solution 1 – Make sure all pillars are green

With the introduction of the Action Center, Windows Defender covers much more than a mere antimalware protection segment. Now it monitors performance, security, and even internet browsing safety.

One little problem and you’ll be immediately prompted with the “Actions recommended” prompt. Making Windows Defender a whole security suite is a good idea on the Microsoft side, but there are repetitive bugs like this which can get on your nerves.

We’re sure you already inspected everything, but let’s check it once more for the sake of troubleshooting. After that, restart your PC and, hopefully, you won’t be getting any more yellow marks in the notification area for no reason whatsoever.

Solution 2 – Check for updates

Two most common reasons for the issue at hand are OneDrive integration and Windows Defender database updates. In the curious case of OneDrive, we suggest dismissing it. Microsoft offers a ransomware protective feature to back up your files to OneDrive. Make sure to open Virus & threat protection > Ransomware protection and dismiss everything.

On the other hand, if Windows Updates are stalled for some reason and you’re not getting the latest antivirus updates for the Defender, you’ll be perma-prompted.

That’s why we suggest checking for updates manually and, after Windows Defender is updated, it should stop harassing you with frequent prompts. Here’s how to check for updates manually:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Choose Update & Security.
  3. Under Windows Update, click Check for updates.

Solution 3 – Disable and re-enable notifications for Windows Defender

This is another thing you can try. No one knows for certain what’s causing the problem, but Microsoft acknowledged it and they promised resolution. Until that happens, you can try disabling and re-enabling system notifications for Windows Defender. This is a long shot, but it might help address the problem, at least temporary.

Follow these steps to disable and re-enable notifications for Windows Defender:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Choose System.settings
  3. Open Notifications & actions from the left pane.
  4. Scroll down until you reach Security and Maintainance.notifications
  5. Toggle this option off and restart your PC.
  6. Navigate to Settings again and re-enable notifications for Security and Maintainance.

Solution 4 – Sign in with a Microsoft account and scan for malware

Some users managed to resolve this by signing into Windows 10 with their Microsoft account. Seemingly, the problem mostly affects users with local accounts. Furthermore, you can use any viable Microsoft account to sign in instead and, for no apparent reason, the “Actions recommended prompts” will stop reappearing.

Here’s how to sign in with a Microsoft account in Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Accounts.settings
  3. Now, from the “Your info” option, choose Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
  4. Enter your credentials and sign in. Make sure to save everything as this process requires the logout sequence and will kill all active applications.

Also, we highly recommend running a deep scan on your PC afterward. Some false positive might be causing Windows Defender glitch, so this is a good way to clear the suspicion. Follow these steps to perform a deep scan:

  1. Open Windows Defender from the taskbar notification area.
  2. Choose Virus & threat protection.
  3. Choose Scan options.windows defender scan
  4. Select Windows Defender Offline Scan.
  5. Save everything you’re doing as this mode will restart the PC.
  6. Click Scan now.windows defender scan

Solution 5 – Disable all notifications for Windows Defender

Finally, if you’ve had enough of Action Center bothering prompts, just disable notifications. You can still inspect everything by your own volition, without this “Action recommended” nuisance.

If you’re not sure how to disable Windows Defender notifications, follow these instructions:

  1. Repeat first 5 steps from the third solution, just don’t re-enable notifications for Security and Maintainance.
  2. Open Windows Defender.
  3. Open Settings (cog icon in the bottom left corner).windows defender
  4. Choose Manage notifications.windows defender scan
  5. Disable all notifications and exit.

With that said, we can only hope Microsoft will address this for good with future updates. If you have anything to add or take, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.

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