Is app and browser control missing in Windows security? Try These 7 Fixes

Has the app and browser control option disappeared from the Windows Security app? Unfortunately, the problem is much more common than you might think.


Outdated Windows version, damaged Windows security application and even OS corruption can be the potential reasons for this problem. If you don’t know what’s causing the problem, here are some working fixes that will help you restore a missing app control and browser option.


1. Eliminate all temporary bugs

Command to open Run dialog box of application and browser control

The first thing to do is run the Begin Menu and find the “App & Browser” control option. If the option is present, it indicates that a temporary bug or glitch is causing the problem. You can eliminate this bug by simply restarting your computer.

2. Enable Application and Browser Control using Registry Editor

The Registry Editor is a Windows tool that allows authorized users to view and edit the registry. You can use it to enable or disable different Windows features including App & Browser control.

To enable the app and browser control option in the Windows Security app using the registry editor, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Registry Editor on your computer. See how to open registry editor in windows if you need help with this.
  2. Head to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender Security CenterApp and Browser protection
  3. In the right pane, find and right-click the User Interface Lock value and choose Wipe off from the context menu.
    Remove option in Registry Editor
  4. Click on Yes to the confirmation box that appears.

That’s it. Restart your computer and check if the app and browser control option becomes available in the Windows security app.

3. Enable Application and Browser Control using Local Group Policy Editor

Enable Application and Browser Control in Local Group Policy Editor

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Windows utility that lets you manage parts of Windows, apply certain policies, and automate repetitive tasks. The editor contains a policy that, if enabled, will hide the app and browser control option from Windows Security. You will need to disable this policy to resolve the issue in question.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc in the search bar and press Walk in.
  2. In the left pane, choose Administrative Models below The configuration of a computer.
  3. Expand the Windows components case.
  4. Locate and click on the the Windows Security case.
  5. In the right pane, locate and double-click the Application and Navigator protection case.
  6. Right click on hide it Application and browser protection Region policy and choose Edit from the context menu.
  7. Select the Disabled option in the new window that appears.
  8. Click on Apply > OKAY to save changes.

4. Delete the SecurityHealth folder

Each time you upgrade Windows, your computer creates a SecurityHealth folder, which contains security settings from the previous version of Windows. But if the contents of the SecurityHealth folder gets corrupted due to any reason then you become prone to different issues including one in the discussion.

You will need to clear the contents of the SecurityHealth folder to resolve the issue. Here’s how:

  1. press the Win + E keyboard shortcuts to open file explorer.
  2. Open C drive and navigate to the Windows > System32.
  3. In the System32 folder, find and open the SafetyHealth case.
    SecurityHealth folder in File Explorer
  4. Select everything inside using CTRL + One shortcut keys, then press Shift + Delete to permanently delete them.

Restart your computer and check if the problem persists.

5. Reset the Windows Security app

Windows 11 comes with a reset option that you can use to get rid of most built-in app issues. The reset option restores the app to its default settings.

You can reset the Windows Security app by following the instructions below:

  1. Open the Settings menu by pressing the To win + I keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Picking out apps of the left panel.
  3. Select the Installed apps option in the next window.
  4. Locate and click three points next to the the Windows Security application.
  5. Select Advanced options from the context menu.
  6. Scroll down and click on the Reset button. Then click on the Reset again to confirm your selection.
    Reset Windows Security in the Settings menu

Now launch the Windows Security app and check if the app and browser control option is available. Otherwise, use the Repair option. The repair option will repair the program installation, preventing you from getting into the struggle to register it again.

To repair the Windows Security app, go to Settings > apps > installed apps. Here, click on the three dots next to Windows Security and select Advanced options in the menu that appears.

Then scroll down and click on the Repair button to start the process. Once the Windows Security app is repaired, you will see a checkmark next to the Repair option.

6. Download the latest Windows Update

The problem can also occur if you are using an outdated version of Windows. The solution, in this case, is to download the latest Windows update.

  1. Open the Settings menu and choose Windows Update of the left panel.
  2. Click it Check for updates button.

Windows will now search for and download all available updates. You may need to restart your computer to successfully install the downloaded update.

7. Reset your PC

Are you still facing the problem? If yes, then you have no choice but to try the Reset your computer setting. It resets your computer and brings it back to its original state, which is much better than reinstalling all Windows.

To get started, follow the steps below:

  1. In the Settings menu, navigate to System > Recovery.
  2. In the recovery window, click the reset computer button next to reset this computer.
  3. Choose the dungeon my folders option in the window that appears.
    The Reset this PC tool
  4. Then select Local reinstall and click on Next.

That’s it. Now follow the onscreen instructions and your computer will be formatted and reinstalled in no time. The whole process is very simple, but in case of difficulties during the reset, you can consult the complete guide on how to factory reset windows 10 and make sure you are following the correct steps.

Fixed app and browser control option

Application and browser control is an important Windows security feature that protects your computer from harmful and potentially unwanted software, files, and websites. You can access it through the Windows Security app or by searching for it in the Start menu. But if App & Browser control option is missing in Windows Security app, now you know how to restore it.

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