How To: Remove Annoying Windows Security Center Icon From System Tray In Windows Vista
Windows security Center is a component that includes in Windows Vista and also in Windows XP service pack 2 for providing information about the status of your anti virus software, firewall and Automatic update.It’s important to understand that Windows Security Center is primarily a monitoring tool.Sometimes,Windows security Center may become annoying as you receive frequent message in forms of pop-up balloon alerts and other notifications.Surprisingly with Windows Vista, Windows security Center is new, improved, and even more annoying than ever before.To remove the annoying Windows Security Center icon from Windows Vista system tray ,do the following:
- To start we need to open a command window. Hit your Windows key and the “R” on your keyboard, this will bring up the run command. Type in cmd and hit ok. In the command prompt put in these commands.
- Type “cd\” followed by “cd windows\system32“.
- Now run the following commands:
takeown /f wscapi.dll
takeown /f wscsvc.dll
takeown /f wscui.cpl
- Now you take the ownership of the files in Windows Vista.
- Go into the system32 directory in Windows explorer and right click each file, go to the security tab and add an entry for everyone and give them full access permissions.
- Disable the Security Center Service via services.msc if you have not already done so.(As admin, Start –> Run ; type “services.msc” and press enter. This brings up a list of Windows services that you can start, stop and configure.Find the Security center, double click on it and from the drop down menu select Disable. Select OK and close the services dialog box.Restart. Security Center won’t run at all.)
- In the system32 folder rename the three mentioned dll’s (change their file extension to .bak ).
- To get rid of the Security Center service from services.msc drop to a command prompt and type the following:
REG DELETE HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\WSCSVC /F
- Hit enter and reboot your Windows Vista computer.
Tip: Alternatively, with the security center running, go to the Windows Vista control panel and click on security center to bring up the Windows Security Center. To the left of the dialog box, under “Resources” click on “Change the way Security Center alerts me” and there you can tell the security center what to monitor when it is running.