Remove Windows Security Center System Tray Icon (Vista)

There maybe times you don't wish to have windows annoying the living crap out of you when you turn off windows updates or anything else the security center complains about. In Windows XP you have the power to turn off the security center by simply turning off the service. But in vista they removed that option.

So instead we have to remove, rather rename the 3 (wscapi.dll, wscsvc.dll, and wscui.cpl) files it uses to make it go away. We wont be deleting any files, just simply renaming them.

But in order to have the ability to rename the files we have to take ownership of them first. I have included a bat file to make it simple for you. I will also layout the commands to do it manually.

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.

takeown /f %systemroot%\System32\wscapi.dll
icacls %systemroot%\System32\wscapi.dll /grant administrators:F
ren %systemroot%\System32\wscapi.dll wscapi.old

takeown /f %systemroot%\System32\wscsvc.dll
icacls %systemroot%\System32\wscsvc.dll /grant administrators:F
ren %systemroot%\System32\wscsvc.dll wscsvc.old

takeown /f %systemroot%\System32\wscui.cpl
icacls %systemroot%\System32\wscui.dll /grant administrators:F
ren %systemroot%\System32\wscui.dll wscui.old

Once done simply reboot and the security center will no longer be in your way.

As you can see what we have done is rather simple. We take ownership, then grant ourselves permissions and then simply rename the files.
Not to hard is it?

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