How to Turn Off Windows Defender in Windows 10

Jun 28, 2018

Windows Defender can help you to protect your PC against malware like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted threats. But if you don't think it is the best antivirus program or it can't meet your demand, follow the methods below to turn it off.

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Windows Defender is the security application that Microsoft puts in every version of Windows. Sometimes, you may want to turn it off to perform certain tasks that Windows Defender may interfere with, or you plan to install other anti-virus applications. In this article, I will show you how to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10.

Method 1: Turn off windows defender temporarily

Step 1. Open Windows Settings

Please press Win + i to open Settings. And then choose Update & Security.

Step 2. Open Windows Defender

Select Windows Security from the left pane and choose Open Windows Defender Security Center.

Step 3. Open Settings

Open Windows Defender’s settings, and then click on the Virus & Threat Protection settings link.

Step 4. Disable the Real-time Protection

Click the Real-Time Protection, Cloud-Delivered Protection, and Automatic Sample Submission switches to turn Windows Defender off.

Method 2: Using Group Policy to disable Windows Defender

Step 1. Open Group Policy console

Press Win + r to open the Run window, and type gpedit.msc, then hit Enter or OK.

Step 2. Go to Administrative Templates.

Click on Computer Configuration and Administrative Templates.

Step 3. Find Windows Defender Antivirus

Click on Windows Components and double-click Windows Defender Antivirus.

Step 4. Disable Windows Defender

Double click Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus.

At last, select the Enable button on the left edge and click OK.

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