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


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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.

Reference:

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.


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

App_and_browser_control_Windows_Security.png





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.​

App_and_browser_control_gpedit-3.png

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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