How To Turn On Windows Defender?

Windows Defender might be disabled due to the following reasons. Proceed with the further steps to know how to turn on Windows defender.

  • Reason 1 - You have it disabled previously
  • Reason 2 - Installing any third-party antivirus program might disable the Windows Defender program automatically
How To Turn On Windows Defender?

If you have installed a third-party antivirus program on the Windows computer, uninstall it as per the instructions given below.

  • Press the Win icon on the computer’s keyboard.
  • Click the gear-shaped or Settings icon on the left panel of the screen.
  • The Settings window will display on the screen. Search for the Apps option and then click it.
  • Find the installed third-party antivirus program from the Applications list, select it, and click the Uninstall button.
  • If the ‘This app and its related info will be uninstalled’ message prompts on the screen, click the Uninstall option for confirmation.
  • This will uninstall the third-party antivirus program completely from the Windows computer.
  • Do not forget to restart the Windows computer.
  • For this, click the Win icon followed by the Power icon and select the Restart option.
  • This will restart the Windows computer.

Proceed with the instructions mentioned below to know how to turn on Windows Defender program.

  • After you click the Win logo on the lower-left corner of the screen, select the Settings icon.
  • Click the Update & Security option in the Settings window.
  • Select the Windows Security option on the left panel and click the Open Windows Defender Security Center option.
  • After you select the Virus & Threat Protection option, click the Virus & Threat Protection Settings link.
  • Navigate to the Real-time protection section and turn on the toggle switch next to the OFF option.
  • When prompted, select the Yes option.
  • This will turn on the Windows Defender program on your computer. If you have a further query to know how to turn on windows defender, click the call button available on the screen.


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