Windows Firewall

How to Enable or Disable Notifications from Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

In Windows 10 version 1703, Microsoft introduced the Windows Defender Security Center app, which brings together common Windows security features into one app.

Windows Defender Security Center will send notifications with critical information about the health and security of your device. You can specify which informational notifications you want.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1709, you can enable the “Hide non-critical notification” or “Hide all notifications” policy.

Hide non-critical notification – If enabled, only critical notifications will show from the Windows Defender Security Center. Local users will only see critical notifications from the Windows Defender Security Center. They will not see other types of notifications, such as regular PC or device health information.

Hide all notifications – If enabled, local users will not see any notifications from the Windows Defender Security Center. This will override the Hide non-critical notification policy.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable notifications from the Windows Defender Security Center for all users in Windows 10.

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Hide or Show Firewall and Network Protection in Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

Windows 10 version 1703 and later provides the latest antivirus protection with Windows Defender Security Center, which contains Windows Defender Antivirus. When you start up Windows 10 for the first time, Windows Defender Antivirus is on and actively helping to protect your device by scanning for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats.

Windows Defender Antivirus uses real-time protection to scan your downloads and the programs you run on your device. Also, Windows Update downloads updates for Windows Defender Antivirus automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1709, the Firewall & network protection section can be hidden from users of the PC. This can be useful if you don’t want them to see or have access to this section.

If you choose to hide the Firewall & network protection section, it will no longer appear on the home page of the Windows Defender Security Center app, and its icon will not be shown on the navigation bar on the side of the app.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Firewall and network protection section in the Windows Defender Security Center app for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Windows Defender Firewall context menu in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 16193, Windows Firewall has been renamed to Windows Defender Firewall.

Windows Defender Firewall is designed to help prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the Internet or a network.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Windows Defender Firewall desktop context menu to be able to quickly open, change settings, and turn on or off Windows Defender Firewall as needed in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Allowed Apps through Windows Firewall in Windows 10

Windows Firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the Internet or a network.

Sometimes you may need to allow an app through Windows Firewall. When you allow an app to communicate though the firewall, it’s called adding an exception or rule.

Usually this will happen automatically. Windows will automatically create exceptions for its own system services and apps. When you install a new app that wants to communicate through the firewall, Windows will prompt you to allow access for it to do so.

You may also want or need to create an exception manually to allow an app to communicate through the firewall.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to manually remove or add apps to be allowed through Windows Firewall in Windows 10.

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How to Backup and Restore Windows Firewall Settings in Windows 10

Windows Firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the Internet or a network.

You can export (backup) and import (restore) your Windows Firewall settings. These settings would include Windows Firewall on or off for all network profiles, notification settings, allowed apps, and Windows Firewall with Advanced Security settings.

Importing (restoring) Windows Firewall settings from a backup will override and replace the current settings on the PC.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore Windows Firewall settings in Windows 10.

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How to Restore Default Windows Firewall Settings in Windows 10

Windows Firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the Internet or a network.

Over time of allowing apps through the firewall and setting rules, you may need or want to completely reset Windows Firewall to default. Restore defaults would include turning on Windows Firewall for all network profiles, reset notification settings to default, remove all added apps and features that you allowed and denied, and reset Windows Firewall with Advanced Security settings to default.

This tutorial will show you how to completely reset and restore Windows Firewall settings to default in Windows 10.

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