Howto: Disable Windows Security Center Balloon Warning

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Howto: Disable Windows Security Center Balloon Warning
by FrosT

Introduction
Do you ever get annoyed with the Windows Security Center Pop-Up telling you that you are not protected because you do not have any Anti-Virus Software, or Automatic Updates is turned off? Well so was I. That is why I searched the internet for the answer and I finally found it. In light of that here are detailed instructions on how to disable those Balloon hint tips from the Windows Security Center.

Removing Annoying Balloon Pop-Up
In order to remove the annoying balloon pop-up from windows security center we need to follow these steps exactly. Click on the Windows Start button. Next click on either Programs or All Programs and from there click on Accessories and than to System Tools. Click on Security Center which should pull up the Windows Security Center window which shows the Anti-Virus, Windows Update and Windows Firewall.

Look to the left hand side, you will see a Resources pane. Once you find the Resource pane in the Windows Security Center window click on the "Change the way Security Center alerts me." A Window will appear with multiple check boxes which allow you to choose what you want to be alerted on. My personal setting is un-checking all, Windows Firewall, Anti-Virus and Windows Update. If you leave any of these boxes checked Windows Security Center will alert you if you disable that item. For example, if I do not un-check Windows Firewall, and I find out that my Router has a built in firewall that works 100times better than Windows Firewall ever will and I decide that I do not need that on, the second I turn off Windows Firewall a red security shield will come up on my taskbar displaying a balloon hint that states something like I am un-protected and click here to protect yourself.

Following those simple steps you can choose what to be notified on and what not to be notified on.

Ending Notes
I hate Windows telling me what to do. I am glad Windows Security Center has the option to disable these alerts, as the Security Center alerts annoy me. Whether you want to choose to have it alert you for one item instead of 3 this tutorial should help you accomplish your goal of being less annoying by Windows Security Center.

Edit
It is for Windows XP, (all versions). If you do not have Security Center in your System Tools folder, check under Start -> Control Panel (or Start -> My Computer -> Control Panel) and Security Center should be there.

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Posted by rain_drop on September 28th, 2006

"change the way security center alerts me" is a light gray color for me...not allowing me to click on it to change it. :/



Posted by frost on September 28th, 2006

I find that if it is greyed out that means it should not be alerting you. Can anyone verify this?

--FrosT



Posted by anonymous on October 09th, 2006

Oh.. Oh my.. Im an idiot.



Posted by anonymous on October 17th, 2006

Thanky you so much. that god damn balloon is banished forever



Posted by david on October 17th, 2006

Yay! Another statisfied user! Thanks for the information.



Posted by anonymous on November 02nd, 2006

If its grey you might not have Admin rights to mess with that feature. Or u have nothing to be alerted about.



Posted by anonymous on November 16th, 2006

Thanks for pinting out where those little tick boxes were. I was getting ready for a REG hack :-)



Posted by anonymous on January 09th, 2007

Thankyou very much. The baloon is now DEAD



Posted by anonymous on January 20th, 2007

Thanks a lot. U saved my days



Posted by anonymous on January 28th, 2007

yes, google and teh internets solve my problems yet again...



Posted by anonymous on January 29th, 2007

Can anyone help me .. on the bottom right of my screen a ballon appears above a red cirle with a white x in it, with the words your computer is intected. It isnt, i have used a number of programmes and they have found nothing, but i cant get rid of this ballon .... help



Posted by frost on January 29th, 2007

You have spyware buddy, sucks for you.

--FrosT



Posted by anonymous on February 03rd, 2007

Dude... Thanks a lot!!! The baloon is gone!!!



Posted by anonymous on February 06th, 2007

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Posted by anonymous on February 17th, 2007

BRILLIANT SAVED ME SMASHING MY FOOKIN PC UP



Posted by anonymous on February 24th, 2007

thanks a lota man !



Posted by anonymous on February 27th, 2007

nice 1



Posted by anonymous on March 07th, 2007

Thanks for the post!!!



Posted by anonymous on March 12th, 2007

Thanks Very Much!!!!
I have been trying to kill this forever, nothing but another Microsuck annoyance feature.



Posted by anonymous on March 23rd, 2007

im not sure if it works, but I hope so and thank you !!!



Posted by anonymous on April 02nd, 2007

Good tiP ns it worked just fine. Thanks!



Posted by anonymous on April 18th, 2007

WORK 100% FINE,, thanks!



Posted by anonymous on April 21st, 2007

well...if greyed out means it shouldnt be telling me anything....why am i receiving stupid little wanrings? somewhere there has to be another way to disable this garbage



Posted by anonymous on May 05th, 2007

finally this annoying thing is gone



Posted by anonymous on May 06th, 2007

Thank you man! I KILLED THA F***ING BALOOON! Peace!



Posted by anonymous on June 13th, 2007

haha, wonderful. this one was so easy I completely overlooked it. Thanks a bunch!



Posted by anonymous on June 24th, 2007

Thank you for helping me kill the annoying warning ballon. and thanks to google for helping me find this site.



Posted by anonymous on July 04th, 2007

gud work buddy!!



Posted by anonymous on July 07th, 2007

hats off to u



Posted by anonymous on July 17th, 2007

Thanks a lot. The balloon was really annoying. Thanks to your tip its gone.



Posted by anonymous on August 16th, 2007

man i tried everything unchecked the 3 options . but still der is this icon in system tray blinking . nd pops up saying u have varuious spyware applications running . kindly click da ballon to donload a spyware protection . i have spybot search and destroy as wel as spyware doctor installed nd running side by side. i have Mc afe anti virus running but stil it says . antivirus not found !sad.gif please help !



Posted by anonymous on August 19th, 2007

hey man hats off to you mind blowing . it was very irritating that red ballon atlast got rid off it



Posted by anonymous on September 26th, 2007

Thanks, finally getting rid of that annoying message balloon every time i start up my pc....

======= Ray



Posted by anonymous on October 18th, 2007

Thanks a bunch. Appreciate the information. Worked like a charm.



Posted by anonymous on October 22nd, 2007

Thank you. I left only Firewall checked, because it knows my own firewall is working. The icon disappeared -- thanks for getting rid of that annoying balloon.
demax



Posted by anonymous on October 30th, 2007

what happens if you dont have security center?? methid45@excite.com



Posted by anonymous on November 04th, 2007

Thanks Sir for the much needed help



Posted by anonymous on November 06th, 2007

Hi!
Thank you very much for your tip! That's very helpful.



Posted by anonymous on November 07th, 2007

This still wont kill waring when you open an uncertified exe over a network ;(



Posted by anonymous on November 21st, 2007

right! stupid me



Posted by anonymous on December 07th, 2007

finaly s smart person who knows their shi-t
thanks



Posted by anonymous on December 16th, 2007

thank you is the least i could say



Posted by anonymous on December 21st, 2007

Thanks.



Posted by anonymous on December 22nd, 2007

Thanks a lot mate, The fucking ballon finally disappeaered!



Posted by anonymous on December 25th, 2007

COOL!!!



Posted by anonymous on December 30th, 2007

Thanks, man!



Posted by anonymous on December 31st, 2007

oh! god, finally killed the damned balon



Posted by anonymous on January 06th, 2008

tks



Posted by anonymous on January 25th, 2008

thanks dude!!!



Posted by anonymous on January 29th, 2008

Thanks Mate .... stopped me from searching



Posted by anonymous on February 19th, 2008

Thanks telling me. I am grateful.



Posted by anonymous on March 01st, 2008

HAHAHAHA BALLOON YOUR LIFE IS FORFEIT!



Posted by anonymous on March 06th, 2008

Thanks Dude...!!, Finally I got rid of that f***in ballon on my system tray. It was irritating me like anything.

Frost..!!!, Thank u again buddy...

- JD -



Posted by anonymous on March 08th, 2008

U r the man...Thanks



Posted by anonymous on March 12th, 2008

Works perfect for me, i used to do it threw reg edit, don't know why i didn't do the obvious thing and go this route.

Thanks for the tip.



Posted by anonymous on March 31st, 2008

Thank you so much. The balloon just ticks me off.



Posted by anonymous on April 08th, 2008

thanxx alot man that was brilliant from u and ridiculous from windows..



Posted by anonymous on April 15th, 2008

Oh yessss! finally those annoying feature is banished, hahahahaha... THANK YOU bro!!!



Posted by anonymous on April 18th, 2008

snaps to you buddy!! lemme buy you a drink!

i was so close... yet so far... (*o*)



Posted by anonymous on April 22nd, 2008

thank you so much, that damn balloon had annoyed me so much and at last i solved this problem with your help! thank you!!!



Posted by anonymous on April 23rd, 2008

Ha ha - as easy as that! I was expecting some clever hack. Thanks - I can't believe i've put up with it all this time : )



Posted by anonymous on April 26th, 2008

Thanks



Posted by anonymous on May 07th, 2008

Thanks much



Posted by anonymous on May 08th, 2008

i am not as comp. savvy as most of you here.....
i am still having this problem w/ the balloon, the "x", the comp. shutting down after 60 sec. countdown. i literally have been on the phone w/ windows xp help for 2 hours today alone. actually on the phone right now, using another comp. please help me. i have tried everything that has been posted.....
i think



Posted by anonymous on May 09th, 2008

Great. Thanks man! I often open the Windows Security Center window thinking of how to turn off that silly balloon but never come across that Resource pane. Wekekek.

Very helpful post. More power!

-goodbuoy



Posted by anonymous on May 12th, 2008

Thanks for this share dude,
Was really useful.
Regards,
NIMISH

id:nimish00678@gmail.com



Posted by anonymous on May 16th, 2008

Woo hoo! Finally got rid of this annoyance. THANKS FrosT!



Posted by anonymous on May 17th, 2008

Worked for me also. Don't know why it pops up because everything is enabled and working. Anyway what idiot in their right mind would create a popup that displays so quick you cannot even read it to see what is causing it. I disabled eveything else in MSconfig but still didn't stop it. Only when I got the same thing on a very slow computer did the popup stay long enough to be read. Very bad programming.



Posted by anonymous on May 28th, 2008

Thanks for your help!
Cheers



Posted by anonymous on May 31st, 2008

Thank You such ma simple solution. I am totally stunned. Thanks Boet



Posted by anonymous on May 31st, 2008

Thank You such much man it was a brilliantly simple solution. I am totally stunned. I think i'm gonna miss that damned red ballon like a terrible hangover. Thanks Boet.

Trevor Kalidheen, Brakpan, South Africa



Posted by anonymous on June 01st, 2008

Thanks happy.gif
I were too lazy to do it on my own.



Posted by anonymous on June 03rd, 2008

oh wow thanks so much dude. its really helpful.. thanks a lot



Posted by anonymous on June 04th, 2008

Thanks



Posted by anonymous on June 12th, 2008

sugoi!



Posted by anonymous on June 15th, 2008

Many Thanks 2 u



Posted by anonymous on June 18th, 2008

Cool! and the setting was there! in the Securty Center, but it was written with so small letters I never looked at ithappy.gif thx!



Posted by anonymous on June 24th, 2008

Special Thank to you
Iran



Posted by anonymous on June 26th, 2008

I did it!, but when I press "CHANGE THE WAY ..BLAH BLAH" a web site opens! :S

" BUY THE ANTIVIRUS 2009 AND SHIT"

i dunno what to do now
please HELP ME :'(

gaby.of.a.down@hotmail.com

thanks!!!!



Posted by anonymous on July 03rd, 2008

Nope. Didn't work. ny other ideas?

A



Posted by anonymous on July 06th, 2008

cool!!! i finally got rid of the annoying balloon. Thanks a lot



Posted by anonymous on July 06th, 2008

Thank so much



Posted by anonymous on July 11th, 2008

Awesome, i wanted this stupid warning dead for months, stupid windows.
Cheers for sharing.



Posted by anonymous on July 12th, 2008

Thanks. Helps me get rid of it too.



Posted by anonymous on July 16th, 2008

thank you very much.



Posted by anonymous on July 24th, 2008

First post was September 2006? And still this info is the most useful on the entire web.

Thanks so very, very much!



Posted by anonymous on July 26th, 2008

you done a great service for mankind. many thanks!



Posted by anonymous on August 10th, 2008

Aaaah... that's so much better... thank you...



Posted by anonymous on August 16th, 2008

I hate the fact that you have to manually do this. I have a small reg script that disables ballon tips, but of course the special 'security' bullshit is exempt from that. Anyone know a way to script turning these options off?



Posted by anonymous on August 20th, 2008

Still a useful tip!



Posted by anonymous on August 27th, 2008

Stop and disable "security center" service



Posted by anonymous on August 27th, 2008

Thank you so much man! OMG I LOVE YOU ROFL!!! I am pretty fond of computers, and I didn't know it would be that easy to get rid of the annoying thing lol! w00t ty again grin.gif



Posted by anonymous on August 31st, 2008

I say thanks a million for your postings and wonderfull group.

Thnaks



Posted by anonymous on September 03rd, 2008

That dialog box had me ready to destroy my computer...



Posted by anonymous on September 10th, 2008

Fantastic
regards
Joseph www.phuket-webdevelopment.com



Posted by anonymous on September 20th, 2008

thanxx Bro......
ur genius buddy



Posted by anonymous on October 05th, 2008

Thank You, that help me soo much!



Posted by anonymous on October 17th, 2008

didn't work ...HHHHEELLP!



Posted by anonymous on October 22nd, 2008

By far, this is one of the best tips. Thank you



Posted by anonymous on November 05th, 2008

Thanks happy.gif



Posted by anonymous on November 09th, 2008

actually u just have to go to the file u want to open, go to the file properties.after opening properties, there is this icon which says unblock..u click that and the file can be opened



Posted by anonymous on November 11th, 2008

The instructions did not help me because there is no Resources pane in the latest version of this horrible nuissance. Can anyone please help me further, directly to my e-mail milana81@eunet.rs or I might go crazy.



Posted by anonymous on November 22nd, 2008

perfect solution you have guided, thnaks.



Posted by anonymous on December 07th, 2008

Thanks for that

WORK 100% FINE,, thanks!



Posted by anonymous on December 17th, 2008

Man, i cant clik the option



Posted by anonymous on January 16th, 2009

It's my home computer... Tried to fix, but I have a grey box and cannot change... For those posts that say I do not have admin privliges, this is my computer not a work computer... For those who say that means that I have nothing that needs to be updated, I still get update messages... this is annoying... Anyone know which reg hack may work? Thanks



Posted by anonymous on January 17th, 2009

thanks works a charm



Posted by anonymous on January 30th, 2009

Thank you so much. This is so great.



Posted by anonymous on February 02nd, 2009

Thanks for the above, saved me trying to figure it out.

Canada Bob.



Posted by anonymous on February 04th, 2009

Thank you so much. Have ditched all but one office PC in favour of Macs but had to keep this useless heap to run our accounting software. At least its a bit less annoying to use now.



Posted by anonymous on March 03rd, 2009

I find things like that annoying, but I'm a computer person (like most who would post here). But we are less than 0.5% of computer users, the other 99.5% need to be told that stuff.



Posted by anonymous on March 08th, 2009

Go to Help and Support in Windows. Search Security Center. It tells you how to turn off security alert in the help and support section.



Posted by anonymous on March 16th, 2009

thanks a lot... good post...



Posted by anonymous on March 17th, 2009

dude, that thing has been annoying me for years. my life will be so much better now. you are a truly supreme being.



Posted by anonymous on March 18th, 2009

thx it worked in japanase version its the last choice on the left hand "help" side bar and the 3rd choice afterwards...



Posted by anonymous on March 30th, 2009

Thank you very much for the info. That damn thing is really annoying.



Posted by anonymous on April 10th, 2009

thanks so much saved me from a headach



Posted by anonymous on April 15th, 2009

Thanks a lot for the info, even though it wasn't exactly that path I followed in windows Vista Black edition,- this note gave me the info to go directly to the Security Center and solve it from there...simple, when you first get the idea,- so thanks a lot.



Posted by anonymous on April 23rd, 2009

thank you



Posted by anonymous on April 27th, 2009

thanqz man....works fine



Posted by anonymous on May 01st, 2009

Thank you very much. Was eating my head. i must be really stupid to have not looked in there. hehe.



Posted by anonymous on May 15th, 2009

Many thanks. Finally it is gonE!



Posted by anonymous on May 19th, 2009

Thanks, really useful tip.



Posted by anonymous on May 20th, 2009

Thanks very much. An easy tip yet it took me ages to find my way here. Thanks again.



Posted by anonymous on June 04th, 2009

Waw, it's really work. Thank you very much. I've tried another advise by using program that make me have to re install my windows. This tips rocks!



Posted by anonymous on June 11th, 2009

thanks alot



Posted by anonymous on June 13th, 2009

And allow me to add my own thanks here. No one really needs extra irritation in their home life.

Cheers!

Scott



Posted by anonymous on June 14th, 2009

well, i do not have the security center in my system tools listing. I have already turned off everything in service awhile back and the freaking thing still give warning every time I start my PC. damn microsoft...not like its security does any good, damn bandaid company



Posted by anonymous on June 17th, 2009

I also didn't have the security center in my system tools, but I "encouraged" it to pop-up by stopping the Security Center service and was able to disable the balloon warning from there. Thank you very much for the info, that thing has been bugging me forever!



Posted by anonymous on June 27th, 2009

Cannoy image how easy. Thanks.



Posted by anonymous on July 07th, 2009

Anyone encountering the buy antivirus software you are infected with spyware, please download and install Malware Bytes which is also free.



Posted by anonymous on July 31st, 2009

Hah! Simply easy, but simpler to find instructions that fiddle with it for 15 minutes, thanks for the help man.

For those of you with questions about virus protection, get AVG, it's best for it's price seeing how it's free, virus free for 2 years now, and I download things all the time, if you're looking for heavier protection, just search around and avoid Mcaffee(Spelling) and Norton.



Posted by anonymous on August 16th, 2009

awsome thanks



Posted by anonymous on August 16th, 2009

Thanks a lot
Mithun



Posted by anonymous on August 17th, 2009

YEAH, this has annoyed me for years, Thumbs up, and 5 stars,but THANKS Frost hardly seems enough!!!



Posted by anonymous on August 28th, 2009

finally GONE!!! thank you thank you thank you.. more power to geeks!
joe from oz



Posted by anonymous on September 02nd, 2009

you are a man among men. cheers



Posted by anonymous on September 02nd, 2009

FALEMINDERIT

THANKS IN ALBANIAN

ALBAN DOKTORI-TIRANE-ALBANIA



Posted by anonymous on September 08th, 2009

Yay! it's gone.. Another reason I only run windows in a virtual machine.
--Mark



Posted by anonymous on September 08th, 2009

thank you.... you are brilliant



Posted by anonymous on December 07th, 2009

Hoho! Thanks a million!



Posted by anonymous on December 21st, 2009

Thanks buddy



Posted by frost on December 21st, 2009

No problem.



Posted by anonymous on January 19th, 2010

Finally disabled it.....4 years later.
Thank you.



Posted by anonymous on January 26th, 2010

Useful indeed grin.gif



Posted by anonymous on January 29th, 2010

wowwwww ur clever Frost thanks alot.....



Posted by anonymous on February 04th, 2010

Ok here's another question. How in the heck do i stop that balloon telling me that my USB Devise isn't installed. It happens to be for my Ethernet. Silly thing, I'm on-line now but that balloon and silly pop'ing sound wont stop. I've installed said Drivers re-booted yet it wont stopping telling me it isn't working. < Going Nutts'iod here..



Posted by anonymous on March 07th, 2010

See you in hell, balloon that sucks ! lol but thanks i was also getting ready for a registry hack. i tried ending it through processes but it duplicated ! lol



Posted by anonymous on March 13th, 2010

Thank you very much for the useful post



Posted by anonymous on March 22nd, 2010

Thanks a million, FrosT



Posted by anonymous on March 23rd, 2010

Thanks



Posted by anonymous on March 24th, 2010

Is this fix for a version of Windows OTHER than XP? Because I have XP Pro and I DONT have "Security Center" in my System Tools folder!!



Posted by frost on March 24th, 2010

@anonymous on March 24th:
It is for Windows XP, (all versions). If you do not have Security Center in your System Tools folder, check under Start -> Control Panel (or Start -> My Computer -> Control Panel) and Security Center should be there.



Posted by anonymous on April 21st, 2010

thanks for the quick help



Posted by anonymous on April 28th, 2010

i didn't know it was that simple, thanks for the info dude



Posted by anonymous on July 08th, 2010

Thank you, so very much <3 !!



Posted by anonymous on July 12th, 2010

Thanks



Posted by anonymous on July 18th, 2010

thank you. it worked.



Posted by anonymous on August 11th, 2010

thanxx is it really worked and baloon is now vanished



Posted by anonymous on August 16th, 2010

Brilliant!



Posted by anonymous on October 21st, 2010

thank you bro.




Posted by anonymous on October 26th, 2010

Thank you buddy so much for this help. God damn Security warning has gone forever. I have disabled only Automatic updates warning happy.gif still enabled warnings for Anti virus and Firewall though...
Very handy indeed...



Posted by anonymous on December 15th, 2010

Thank you very much! I had forgotten how I turned off the "MS naggers" when I first started using XP years ago. I installed XP on a new laptop last week and was becoming very irritated by the "MS naggers".



Posted by anonymous on December 21st, 2010

Wanted to post Thanks to the writer
-Tamagotchi



Posted by anonymous on May 30th, 2011

thank you soo much... you really helped me to won lot of kisses from my GF... thanks many times... after following your guide the problem vanished...!!!



Posted by anonymous on June 10th, 2011

Thanx man!!! Funny how the small things tend to drive you crazy... Makes me think of how they kill Bill Gates in the South Park Movie!!! LOL



Posted by anonymous on July 23rd, 2011

what a helpful set of instructions. Thank you for taking the trouble to post them



Posted by anonymous on July 27th, 2011

You Kick Ass! Thank You.



Posted by anonymous on April 04th, 2012

I was about two minutes away from killing my wife due to that balloon, but thanks to you she will live another day.



Posted by anonymous on August 12th, 2012

thanks a lot !

I don't think its so easy to remove an annoying bubble.

thanks thanks thanks a lot again !!!



 

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