How to disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 11

2 Ways to disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 11 – via Windows Security app and autorun Sysinternals tool.

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Windows Defender is a great built-in security tool available since Windows XP but in the current version, you find many modern enhancements. By default, it is enabled in Windows 11, However, in order to download certain applications or work on particular networks, you might need to Windows disable Defender.

You have the ability to turn off the Windows 11 default antimalware through Windows Security. For the permanent deactivation, any command line, Registry Editor, and Group Policy Editor don’t work but a System internal tool helps in this task. Although when you disable Windows Defender you leave your computer and the operating system open for security threats.

Methods list

Way-1: Through Windows Security app
Way-2: Using Autorun

 

Disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 11

Here is how to disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 11 –

Way-1: Through Windows Security app

  1. Press Windows key + I together to open Settings.
  2. Click – Privacy & security.
  3. Select – Windows Security from the right pane.
how to disable Windows Defender in Windows 11
  1. From the next page, click – Virus & threat protection.
virus & threat protection windows security
  1. Windows Security app will prompt up, click on “Manage settings” link there.
manage settings virus & threat protection
  1. On the next page, Under Real time protection section, click the toggle switch.
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  1. User account control will be prompted, click on – Yes.
user account control permission to disable Windows Defender in windows 11
  1. To re-enable click the same toggle switch.

Way-2: Using Autorun disable Windows Defender in Windows 11 Permanently

The above method, however, will disable Windows Defender in Windows 11 but until the next restart. Whenever you will reboot your system the security settings will be automatically reversed and turned on once again. Using the following way, you can disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 11 –

  1. Make sure that Windows Defender is turned off using the above method then proceed.
  2. Go to this page and click Download Autoruns.
  3. Unpack the file.
  4. Click the – Search from the Taskbar.
  5. Type – msconfig.
  6. When the result shows up, click on – Run as administrator.
How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 11 Permanently
  1. On the System Configuration Window, select – Boot tab.
  2. Go to the Boot options section.
  3. Check – Safe boot.
  4. Click on – Minimal.
  5. Then, click Apply and OK.
boot into safe mode to disable windows defender
  1. Close the ongoing works and select – Restart.
restart to turn off windows defender
  1. When you are in Safe mode, open the Autoruns program that you unzipped in the normal mode.
  2. Once Autoruns Systeminternals appear, click on the Services tab and allow the items to load.
  3. Now, click Options from Menubar and uncheck Hide Windows Entries by clicking on it.
autorun hide windows entries
  1. Go to the Entries column, scroll down and find WinDefend.
  2. Uncheck this service.
windefend service
  1. Right-click on Start and select Run.
disable Windows Defender in Windows 11 permanently
  1. Type msconfig press enter.
msconfig in run dialog box in safe mode
  1. Select – Boot tab.
  2. Unselect – Safe boot.
  3. Click – Apply and then Ok.
disable windows defender permanently in windows 11
  1. Select Restart to return back from Safe mode.
  2. Open Windows Security and see. You will find that under Virus & threat protection settings, Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, Automatic sample, submission, and Tamper protection are disabled permanently. Due to this change, Controlled folder access is also turned off.
  3. To reenable Windows Defender again boot into Safe mode, and uncheck the Service WinDefend on Autoruns. Alternatively, open the Windows Security app and click on Restart the service.

That’s All!!

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  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the post. The second method works on Windows 11. Perfect!
    Regards.