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How to Turn Off Windows Defender in Windows 10

Thursday, June 28, 2018

by Vivian

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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: Click “Settings” in the “Start Menu”. And then choose “Update & Security”. 

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Step 2: Select “Windows Security” from the left pane and choose “Open Windows Defender Security Center”. 

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Step 3: Open Windows Defender’s settings, and then click on the "Virus & Threat Protection settings" link.

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Step 4: Click the Real-Time Protection, Cloud-Delivered Protection and Automatic Sample Submission switches to turn Windows Defender off.

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Method 2: Using Group Policy to disable Windows Defender

Step 1: Press “Win + R” and Type “gpedit.msc”, then hit Enter or OK

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Step 2: Click on Computer Configuration and Administrative Templates. 



Step 3: Click on “Windows Components” and double click “Windows Defender Antivirus”. 

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Step 4: Double click “Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus”. 

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

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