If you are using the Windows operating system you might have known Windows Defender becomes automatically activated on your PC. Windows Defender is the default antivirus protection app which usually shipped with Windows 10. It works for security (similar to antivirus) and based on Microsoft Security Essentials app which offers the better protection for your PC from unwanted files by adding full-blown protection against all kinds of Malware. Although it was present in the previous versions of the windows like Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 and Vista, Windows 10 has introduced few modified features. You can use it without paying a penny because it is completely free of cost.
If you have already another antivirus installed in your PC then you don’t need to run the Windows Defender. Also, if you prefer to use a third-party anti-malware app you have to disable Windows Defender on your PC. You may follow us to know the tips for how you can disable or enable this app.
How to Turn On and Off Windows Defender in Windows 10 (Through Settings area)
How to Disable or Enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Tips 1 – Disable or Enable Windows Defender Through Settings App
After the multiple betterments and enhancements in this OS, at this time to Disable or Enable Windows Defender in Windows 10 has become pretty comfortable.
This specific process will disable the built-in protection app on Windows 10 for a short period. However, if it is left disabled for a while, the operating system will automatically turn it On.
Step 1 – To begin with, click Win logo on the taskbar and after the start menu spread out, perform a click or hit on the Settings icon.
Step 2 – Once the Settings home page appears on the screen, click on the Update & Security block.
Step 3 – In the Update & security window, Move your cursor towards the left flank and click on Windows Defender, which is located at the second position.
Step 4 – In the right flank, all the settings associated to Windows defender are positioned. Toggle Off the slider of Real-time protection.
This is how Windows Defender will look.
Tips 2 – Disable or Enable Windows Defender via Group Policy Editor
Step 1 – First, click on Windows icon and write the command
gpedit.msc. The result will show the same command, click on it.
Step 2 – Now, travel through this path –
Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender
Step 3 – The right side of Windows Defender shows a list of various policies. So, locate the setting “Turn off Windows Defender”, right-click on it and select Edit.
Step 4 – Select Enabled button on the window that opens up and click OK button to make the changes effective.
In this case, the protection app will turn off immediately forever and an attempt to run it will show the below error message.
Step 5 – To enable this feature, choose Not Configured button and implement the changes by clicking the OK button.
Tips 3 – Disable or Enable Windows Defender using Registry Editor
Step 1 – Press Windows key and write
regedit. As a result, Cortana will come up and show the same command as Best match, click on it.
Step 2 – To continue, click Yes on the UAC appears.
Step 3 – On Registry Editor, travel to this key –
Step 4 – On the right side, locate and double-click the DWORD DisableAntiSpyware.
Step 5 – Finally, set the value to 1 in the Edit window and click OK to permanently disable this protection app.
Note – In case, you don’t find the DWORD, right-click Windows Defender and click New. From the list of options, click DWORD (32-bit) Value and finally, name it as “DisableAntiSpyware“.
In addition to Group Policy, this method also disables the built-in protection app forever. However, in future, if there arises a desire to bring back the functionality of Windows Defender, then either set the Value to 0 or delete the DWORD.