75. Change The Way Security Center Alerts
The security center monitors a number of security
specific option of the Windows Vista system; in
particular your Windows Firewall, Anti Virus,
Malware/Spyware, Windows Updates and user Account
Control are all monitored from this one area.
While everything is running fine on your system
you will rarely see any security center activity,
even less any alerts. However, when things do go
wrong or you decide to disable something that
security center monitors, such as User Account
Control, up pops the dreaded red shield informing
you that you have a problem.
This is fine when something really has gone
wrong, but it may be a case that you, the user, have
decided to disable something, thus you know about it
and, to you, it is not a problem. Security Center,
on the other hand thinks differently.
Because the security center is constantly
monitoring your system, once an alert has been
triggered it will continue to bug you until you do
something about it. This will usually entail
updating your anti virus or something similar. Once
the problem has been sorted the alert will go away.
If you disable something yourself then, if you
don't re-enable it, the alert will definitely not go
away; not unless you instruct security center to
change the way it alerts you. You can do this as
1/ Click the Start button.
2/ From the Start menu, Click
3/ In Control panel, Click the
Security Center icon.
4/ The Security Center window
will now open.
5/ On the left of the window you
will see a list of options.
6/ From this list, Click the Change the
way security center alerts me option.
7/ The Do you want to be notified of
security issues window will open.
8/ From here you have the following choices:
- Yes notify me and display the icon
- Don't notify me, but display the icon.
- Don't notify me and don't display the icon
9/ The Yes notify me and display the icon
(recommended) is the default setting.
10/ Click on the option you want and the option
will then take immediate effect.