Privacy and Security Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security


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This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the App & browser control page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

App & browser control in Windows Security provides the settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites, and downloads.

App & browser control includes the following features:
  • Smart App Control provides enhanced protection from untrusted apps in Windows 11.
  • Reputation-based protection leverages what Microsoft knows about various sites, services, and publishers, as well as threats we've seen in action to help protect you from malicious or potentially unwanted apps, files, or websites.
  • Isolated browsing is for Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Edge that can help to protect you against untrusted and potentially dangerous sites by opening them in a virtualized container, isolated from your important files and folders.
  • Exploit protection is already running and protecting your device, and your device is set up with the protection settings that work best for most people. However, you can always customize the settings for your device and the programs you run. If you manage devices and programs in an organization, you can use the export feature to share customized exploit protection settings across all of the devices in your organization.
You can hide the App & browser control area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don't want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

If you hide the App & browser control section in Windows Security and try to directly open it (ex: command), you will get the Page not available error below.

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Reference:


You must be signed in as an administrator to hide or show the App & browser control page in Windows Security.



Contents

  • Option One: Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security using REG file


EXAMPLE: "App & browser control" page in Windows Security

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Option One

Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Security > App and browser protection

App_and_browser_control_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of App and browser protection in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Hide the App and browser protection area policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (show) or step 6 (hide) below for what you want.

5 Show "App & browser control" page in Windows Security

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

App_and_browser_control_gpedit-2.png

6 Hide "App & browser control" page in Windows Security

A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

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7 If Windows Security is currently open, then close and reopen Windows Security to apply.

8 Close the Local Group Policy Editor.




Option Two

Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security using REG file


1 Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.

2 Show "App & browser control" page in Windows Security

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Show_Device_security_page_in_Windows_Security.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\App and Browser protection]
"UILockdown"=-

3 Hide "App & browser control" page in Windows Security

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Hide_Device_security_page_in_Windows_Security.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\App and Browser protection]
"UILockdown"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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What we asked for was the ability to customise security policies according to individual needs. Too bad Microsoft didn't listen.
 

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I may be overstepping my understanding, but aren't these security options only impacted if one is using Microsoft Edge? If so, I think it's relevant to say so here.
 

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I may be overstepping my understanding, but aren't these security options only impacted if one is using Microsoft Edge? If so, I think it's relevant to say so here.

Hello, :-)

Only the Isolated browsing setting for Microsoft Defender Application Guard is only for Microsoft Edge.

The rest of the settings on the page are not only for Microsoft Edge.
 

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Thank you Brink!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS8950
    CPU
    i7-12700K
    Motherboard
    Z690 : 9D2HH Foxconn, R6PCT Foxconn 2nd
    Memory
    16GB (2 x 8)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 770 with shared graphics memory
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer CBL282K Smiiprx
    Screen Resolution
    4K UHD (3840 x 2160) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital PC SN810 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD, PCIe
    PSU
    750W
    Cooling
    2G44F Asetek 125W CPU liquid cooler
    Keyboard
    Arteck Wireless
    Mouse
    Victsing-mm057 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 6
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender (native)
  • Operating System
    Win 22H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5620
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P
    Memory
    2 x 8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    NVMe 512 GB
    Case
    Aluminum
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender (native)
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