What’s Windows Defender summary and how to disable it?

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by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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The number of users who pledged their trust to Windows Defender is enormous. Me, personally, use Windows Defender and for almost 2 years, it got better and better gradually. For a regular user, Windows Defender should be good enough protection with scheduled background scans and real-time protection. But notifications are, true to be told, quite intrusive. Especially if we have in mind that the Windows Defender summary after every daily scan isn’t as important.

We wrote this piece about the Windows Defender summary notifications and how to disable them. Make sure to check it out if you want to get rid of impertinent notifications below.

Windows Defender summary bothers you? Disable it

Windows Defender summary

Windows 10’s native security tool is Windows Defender. We all know that. And the sole presence of it is a good thing for all end-users. With it, based on the analysis, you won’t need a bloated free third-party antivirus for a standard protection. Although we suggest some paid solutions over Windows Defender for advanced users, Windows Defender meets all of the basic needs.

Now, the best thing about it is that it’s the part of the Windows ecosystem, part of the Windows Security. And therefore it has a better coverage on all kind of possible liabilities. However, it seems that Microsoft was a ted more overzealous with the notifications. Windows Defender summary and all associated tasks it does in the background are duly noted and they tend to pop-up all the time.

Windows Defender summary shows you the results of all scheduled fast scans the tool have done in the background. And what would be better is to just show the number of threats found. If you’re working on something important, the last thing you want to see is the pop-up with no importance. And that’s why you probably want to disable these notifications. But how to do it?

How to disable Windows Defender summary

It’s rather simple. You can even curate the notifications and choose what kinds of information you deem important and what’s a plain waste of time. Maybe, allow something with more substance and ditch the summary.

Follow these steps to disable the Windows Defender summary:

  1. Open Windows Security Center from the notification area.
  2. Choose Virus & threat protection.windows defender summary
  3. Under the “Virus & threat protection settings“, click Manage settings.windows defender summary
  4. Scroll to the bottom and, under the Notifications section, click Change notification settings.windows defender summary
  5. Under Notifications, click Manage notifications.windows defender summary
  6. Bellow the “Virus & threat protection notifications” section, toggle off the “Get informal notifications” option.windows defender summary
  7. Or you can disable only the “Recent activity and scan results” by unchecking the box.

That’s it. After that, you won’t be seeing any Windows Defender summaries. You can, of course, navigate to the Security Center > Virus & threat protection and see all the details you need.

On that note, we can wrap it up. How do you rank Windows Defender in comparison to other free antivirus solutions? Tell us in the comments section below.


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