How to Stop the Windows Security Alert Message

by Tim Mammadov

Windows operating systems such as XP, Vista and 7 come with a built-in security suite that includes a firewall and an anti-virus. However, if you install a third-party computer protection software and disable the Windows security applications, you will start receiving balloon messages about a disabled security feature in the tray area next to the clock on your taskbar. This feature is annoying, but it can be stopped.

Windows XP

Go to the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."

Double click the "Security Center" icon and click "Change the way Security Center alerts me" link under "Resources" in the "Security Center" window.

Uncheck the options you don't want to get the alerts for in the "Alert Settings" window and click "OK."

Windows Vista

Go to the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."

Click the "Security" link and then the "Security Center" link. Click "Change the way Security Center alerts me" option in Security Center's window.

Click the message option you want to stop the alerts.

Windows 7

Go to the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel."

Click the "System and Security" link and then the "Action Center" link.

Click "Change Action Center Settings" link, uncheck the boxes for notifications you don't want to receive in the new window and click "OK."

About the Author

Writing out of Los Angeles, Tim Mammadov has been a professional writer since 2010. The majority of his articles are related to computer troubleshooting and spyware protection. Mammadov graduated from the University of Maryland, majoring in finance.