FIX: Actions recommended yellow warning on Windows 10

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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  • The Actions recommended bug affects many Windows 10 users and there's no action needed.
  • If you also get the yellow warning sign read this guide to get rid of this annoying problem.
  • For any other problems you encounter, visit our Tech Troubleshooting section for solutions.
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How to fix Actions recommended yellow warning on Windows 10

Windows Defender Action Center is still a work in progress but users are fairly satisfied with unified protective and performance-monitoring features contained in one menu.

However, there seems to be a bug that 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.

We will address this with a few potential solutions listed below.

How can I dismiss the Actions recommended warning?

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

1. Sign in with a Microsoft account and scan for malware

Sign in with a Microsoft account

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Accounts.
  3. 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.

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2. Make sure that 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.

Turning Windows Defender into a full security suite is a good idea on the Microsoft side, but there are repetitive bugs like this that 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.

3. Check for updates

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

4. Disable and re-enable the notifications for Windows Defender

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

If you have anything to add or take, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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