What Is Security Tamper Protection Feature on Windows 10?

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If you want to manage your security on your Windows computer without using commands, then you must know about Security tamper protection feature added on Windows 10 with May 2019 update. Windows version 1903 comes with an inbuilt security system to protect your computer. Being able to manage these security settings could provide more control.

With Windows Security, you get to handle all settings to make changes to security features such as Windows Firewall, Windows Defender and more. What if the settings are not apt to provide protection that it is supposed to?

Well, Microsoft has resolved the issue. With the May 2019 update, Windows 10 has added one more feature, Tamper Protection. This feature is designed to provide additional security to safeguard Windows Security app from unapproved changes, which are not applied directly through Windows Security app.

This avoids the misuse of security features on Windows. In the event of a malicious app on your Windows computer trying to change security settings, this feature will block the attempted changes.

Note: The feature might cause some problems when you try to make changes to security settings via command line i.e. by Command Prompt or PowerShell.

However, if you want more advanced security then you need to manage security settings by using another app, for that you must have the liberty to enable or disable Windows Tamper Protection feature. One of the best security apps that you can have on your Windows is Advanced System Protector. It not only protects your computer from viruses, malware and spyware but also helps you get rid of unwanted adware and toolbars.

In this post, we have listed two methods to enable or disable Tamper Protection features on Windows 10.

Method 1: Steps To Enable/Disable Tamper Protection Using Windows Security

If you want to enable or disable the Tamper Protection feature on Windows 10, use these steps:

Step 1: Go to the Start button.

Step 2: Type Windows Security in the search bar and press Enter.

Security Tamper Protection feature on Windows 10 Note: Press Windows and I to get Settings windows, then go to Update & Security, then click Windows Security from the left side of the pane.

Step 3: Go to Virus & threat protection.

Security Tamper Protection feature on Windows

Step 4: On Virus & threat protection, locate and click Manage settings option.

Security Tamper Protection feature

Step 5: Locate the Tamper protection switch and turn it off by clicking on the toggle switch.

Security Tamper Protection

Once done, you can make changes to Windows Security using another app or command line app such as PowerShell and Command Prompt.

If you wish to enable the Tamper Protection feature to ensure nothing could make changes to your Windows Security, then you need to go to Virus & threat protection section of Windows Security.

Press Windows and I together to get Settings.

Under Settings->Windows Settings-> Virus & threat protection-> Manage Settings-> Tamper Protection

Click on the toggle switch to turn the feature on.

Now Windows 10 is geared up to protect the security of your computer. Now neither users nor malicious apps could make changes to important settings such as behavior monitoring, real-time protection and more.

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Method 2: Disable/ Enable Tamper Protection Using Registry Editor

You can Disable Tamper protection using Registry Editor if you want to make changes to Windows Security settings as you are using a third-party app.

Follow these steps to disable/enable Tamper Protection:

Step 1: Press Windows and R key together to get the Run window. Type Regedit and press the Enter key.

Step 2: Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> Software-> Microsoft

Step 3: Under Microsoft, locate Windows Defender, then Features.

Step 4: On the right pane locate Tamper protection

Step 5: Double click on it to check the value data.

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On the following window, ensure the value data is 0 to disable the feature and 1 if you want to enable the feature.

In this way, you can disable or enable the Tamper Protection feature on Windows 10. F

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