How To Disable Windows Defender?

 Disable Windows Defender

Windows Defender is an inbuilt antivirus software for Microsoft Windows. Though the Windows Defender is not the best choice out there. If you're using Windows 10, you already have Windows Defender residing on your system, and there will be a zero need to seek it out. It slows down the computers and lacks features that third-party antiviruses have. Windows Defender has very little benefits, compared to the other protection software available in the market.There are three ways to disable Windows defender program.

Disabling Windows Defenders Temporarily

  • Click on the windows icon on your computer.
  • Enter 'Windows Security' in the search bar and press Enter.
  • Select Virus & threat Protection
  • Scroll through the Virus & threat protection section and select Manage settings. You'll find Real-Time protection.
  • Click the toggle switch under the Real-time Protection to turn off Windows Defender.
  • Click Yes to confirm.

The Windows Defender will be automatically 'Enabled' when you restart the system, and if you don't want that to happen, you can very well turn it off permanently until you require it.

Disabling Windows Defender Permanently

It's important to check whether you've disabled the 'Tamper Protection' feature before continuing with the permanent disabling of Microsoft defender using Group Policy. To disable Tamper protection proceed with the steps below: n Launch the Windows Security program and then select Virus and threat protection. n Now, go to Manage Settings and then disable Tamper Protection. Disabling Windows Defender using Group Policy:

  • Open the Start menu on your computer.
  • Type 'gpedit.msc' in the search bar and press OK.
  • Open Local Group Policy Editor In the left pane of the window that appears.
  • Navigates to Computer Configuration and then select Administrative Templates.
  • Now, choose Windows Components and then click Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
  • Click on 'Turn Off Windows Defender Antivirus'.
  • Select the 'Enabled' option to disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
  • Select Apply and Click OK
  • Restart the system.

Disabling Windows Defender Using Registry

  • In the search bar on your Windows computer, type 'Regedit' and hit Enter
  • Click on 'HKey_Local_machine'
  • Click on Software and select Policy options.
  • Select Microsoft > Windows Defender
  • Select Windows Defender and then click on Default (on the right side).
  • Right-click and select New.
  • Select Dword (32-bit) value.
  • Name the new DWORD as DisableAntiSpyware and then press Enter
  • Double-click the DisableAntiSpyware DWORD and set its value to 1
  • Click the OK button.

The changes will be applied only after a reboot. Now you are successfully disable Windows Defender.


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