What are enhanced notifications in Windows Defender? How to turn them On or Off?

Windows Defender - the built-in antivirus from Windows 10 - has received a new feature called enhanced notifications. It is going to prove quite help ful for most users because these notifications provide useful information and transparency about the activities performed in the background by Windows Defender, in Windows 10. Here's what enhanced notifications for Windows Defender are, and how to enable or disable them with just a few clicks or taps:

What are enhanced notifications for Windows Defender

Enhanced notifications are available only for testers enrolled in the Windows 10 Insider Preview program. Once the Anniversary Update is rolled out on August 2, all Windows 10 users from everywhere around the world will get them too.

If you're wondering what exactly these enhanced notifications are, the answer is as simple as it gets: enhanced notifications are a way for Windows 10 to keep you informed about the health of your Windows 10 computer or device. They look like this:

Or, if you're checking on the notifications you've received in the Action Center , the enhanced notifications from Windows Defender might look like this:

Enhanced notifications are a neat and useful way of keeping tabs on what's happening on your PC. However, some people might want to disable them, while others will want the exact opposite. Here's how to do both:

How to enable or disable the enhanced notifications from Windows Defender

Start by opening the Settings app. A quick way to do that is to click or tap on its entry from the Start Menu.

Inside Settings , click or tap on Update & security.

In Update & security , click or tap on Windows Defender from the left side of the window.

Then, on the right side of the window, scroll until you find a small section called Enhanced notifications.

As you've probably noticed, Windows 10 explicitly tells you that, when enhanced notifications are enabled, "Windows Defender sends notifications to help ensure you are informed about the health of your PC. Even if this option is turned off, you'll still get critical notifications for issues that need immediate attention.".

If you want to get enhanced notifications from Windows Defender, turn the switch to On.

If you want to disable them, turn the switch to Off.

And that's all there is to it!


As you've seen, enhanced notifications can help you stay informed about what's happening on your Windows 10 computer or device in terms of security. It's also very easy to enable or disable the enhanced notifications displayed by Windows Defender. What will you choose? On, or off? Use the comments below to share your thoughts with us.