How To Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10?

How To Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10?

How-To Windows 10

With malicious content flowing everywhere, you must have anti-virus or a protection tool on your computer to let things run smoothly and better user experience. However, some antivirus could fuel to the fire by taking up a significant amount of memory. Making your computer’s performance, slow and sluggish.

Windows comes with native security app, Windows Defender. It is quite a robust security tool however, it doesn’t protection against new malware, web monitoring, and more. Therefore for most of the users, Windows Defender might not be enough. Also, if you are short on resources or using some other antivirus application on your system and don’t want conflicts. Since you can’t uninstall the app, you can disable the app permanently or temporarily.

In this post, we will talk about three methods used to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10.

You can disable Windows Defender using three methods:

Note: Some of these methods could permanently disable Windows Defender.

Method 1: Windows Security

This will disable Windows Defender temporary when you want to make changes, which could otherwise be hindered.

Step 1: Go to Start-> Type Windows Security and press Enter to get Windows Security.

Windows Security

Step 2: Click Virus & threat protection.

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Step 3: Under Virus & threat protection settings, click Manage Settings.

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Step 4: Disable Real-Time protection by clicking the toggle switch.

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Once done, the antivirus will disable the real-time protection letting you install apps, do certain tasks which were not allowed earlier.

You can enable Windows Defender once your work is done or leave it as it is.

Note: This method only works until the next login. As you restart your computer, the settings will go to basic, which is, Windows Defender enabled.

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Method 2: Using Group Policy

If you have Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, you can use Local Group Policy to disable Windows Defender. To do that, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press Windows and R to get a Run box and type gpedit.msc to launch Group Policy Editor.

Using Group Policy

Step 2: Navigate to Computer Configuration-> Administrative Templates-> Windows Components-> Windows Defender Antivirus

Step 3: Locate Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus.

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Step 4: From the new window, click on the radio button beside Enabled to get it done.

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Step 5: Click Apply and OK.

This will permanently disable the feature unless you change it.

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Method 3: Use Registry

You can use Registry editor to disable Windows Defender. Before going further make sure, you take a backup for Registry Editor as a wrong action could let your device malfunction.

Note: To take a backup, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press Windows and R and type regedit and press enter.

Click Apply and OK.

Step 2: On Registry Editor, go to File-> Export.

Click Apply and OK-1

Step 3: A window will open to save the backup of registry files on your preferred location.

Click Apply and OK-2

Step 1: Press Windows & R to Run window and type regedit.

Click Apply and OK-3

Step 2: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->Software->Policies->Microsoft->Windows Defender.

Step 3: On the right side of the panel, locate Default.

Click Apply and OK-4

Step 4: Right click on the right side of the window and click New->DWORD(32-bit) value

Click Apply and OK-5

Step 5: Name the key “DisableAntiSpyware” and press Enter.

Step 6: Once the file is created, double click it & set the value to 1

Click OK to confirm and restart your computer.

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In this way, you can disable Windows Defender on your desktop. This will disable the app, but it will not uninstall it as it is a native app of Windows.

Additional tip: If you want to get Windows Defender back, then you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Press Windows & R to Run window and type regedit.

Click Apply and OK-6

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->Software->Policies->Microsoft->Windows Defender.

Locate and right-click DWORD file and click Delete to remove it. Restart Windows to let the changes take effect.

So, these are the methods to disable Windows Defender on your Windows 10 computer.

If you are still not sure whether you want to disable Windows Defender but want extra protection on your computer, then you can always get a friendly yet robust application, Advanced System Protector which goes hand in hand with Windows Defender and provides complete protection to your computer from malware, spyware, adware and other online threats.

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