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How to turn off Windows Defender

By February 16, 2016 2 Comments
HOW TO TURN OFF WINDOWS DEFENDER

If you’re already running a full anti-malware suite, you might not even realize that Windows Defender is already installed on Windows, and is probably wasting precious resources. And two will probably conflict with each other and cause performance problems. So, today we will explain how to turn off Windows Defender.

Just to be clear, we’re not saying that we are against Windows Defender. Some spyware protection is better than none, and it’s built in and free! But if you are already running something that provides great anti-malware protection, there’s no need to have more than one application running at a time.

How to turn off Windows Defender: Option 1:

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

local group policy editor in windows 10

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, Click on Administrative Templates.

local group policy editor

Under Administrative Templates, click on Windows components and select Windows Defender from the list.

administrative components in windows 10

Now, under Windows Defender, you can see an option called “Turn off windows defender”. Click on it.

disable windows defender in windows 10

Under Windows Defender setting, Click on “Disabled” then click on okay or apply.

turn of windows defender in windows 10

That’s it. you are done. Now, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 

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How to turn off Windows Defender: Option 2:

1. To Turn On or Off Windows Defender using a REG file. The .reg files below will add and change the registry key and DWORD value below.

To turn off Windows Defender Download HERE.

To turn on Windows Defender Download HERE.

 

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

8. If you are turning on Windows Defender, then open Windows Defender, and click/tap on Start now if needed.

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How to turn off Windows Defender: Option 3:

This option is quite useful if you want to turn off Windows Defender for a temporary time period, incase you want to install something in your computer, which is not allowed by Windows defender. Windows will turn it on automatically if it is turned off for a while.

1. Open Windows Defender from the Start Menu. And click on setting.

Windows defender setting

2. In setting, turn off Real-time protection.

turn off real time protection in Windows defender

3. If you want to Turn it on again, just open Windows defender and click on Turn on.

turn on windows defender

That’s it. You are done. I hope, it helps.

Idea: Microsoft

 

Windows 10 support

 

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  • Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai says:

    Hello,

    This is all very well written, but one mistake is that you need to set it to Enabled, not Disabled. You are enabling the policy itself here, not defender.
    The policy to /disable defender/ needs to be enabled.

    Sincerely,
    Daniel “3ICE” Berezvai

    p.s.: You cross-posted this blog entry to Quora, please fix it there also, if you are able:
    https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-disable-Windows-Defender

    p.p.s.: Read how this is worded to see why Enable = disable in this context:
    “””This policy setting turns off Windows Defender Antivirus.

    If you enable this policy setting, Windows Defender Antivirus does not run, and computers are not scanned for malware or other potentially unwanted software.

    If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, by default Windows Defender Antivirus runs and computers are scanned for malware and other potentially unwanted software.”””

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