Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10

Let’s see how to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10. You will observe that Windows Defender is enabled by default when you use Windows 10 for the first time. Because of performance issue on Windows 10, some users choose to disable it.

Windows Defender will be re-enabled automatically after you disable it for a while, then how we can disable Windows Defender Windows 10 so that it does not turn on again? I guess Windows Defender is a Male..lol 🙂

Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10

You can protect your Windows 10 PC with Windows Defender, it acts like antivirus for Windows 10.

With Windows Defender’s Real Time Protection, your PC will be protected from various malware and viruses in real time.

Windows Defender service runs its scan in the background while you are using your PC, it makes sure that everything is safe on your PC. For many Windows 10 users with primary specifications, running Windows Defender with Real Time Protection may result in slowness in Windows 10.

Also, If you are planning to install any other antivirus for Windows 10 then you have to first disable Microsoft Windows Defender as it may cause issues with your new antivirus.

How to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

Microsoft Defender is turned on by default, to disable it, Go to Start menu –> Settings –> Update & Security, and select Windows Defender or in CortanaAsk Me Anything” box just search for Windows Defender Settings.

windows defender settings

Note: If you see that Windows Defender is turned off and you want to turn on Windows Defender Windows 10 then just go to the above screen in your PC and turn all the three options ON.

Turn off all the enabled options in Windows Defender; this will disable Windows Defender, but just for a while. Windows Defender will auto re-enable real-time protection to keep you safe when you restart your PC. Then how to disable it permanently? Here’s How?

How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Home Edition

To permanently disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 , we can modify the registry value of Windows Defender.

Press Windows Key on your keyboard + R. A small box will pop up. Now type Regedit in that box and hit enter. You will now see the Registry Editor Window in Windows 10.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Windows 10 registry editor

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Now place your mouse on the Windows Defender folder as you see in the above screenshot and then right click and take backup(to be on a safe side) in case something goes wrong you can easily restore the registry key.

Once you are done with the Windows registry backup, you need to create a new key, right click on the right frame, New –> DWORD (32-BIT) Value.

create key in registry editor

disable anti spyware

Rename the value with “DisableAntiSpyware”, then double-click on it to edit the value, change it to 1 to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 permanently:

Click OK to save the changes that we made, now Windows Defender is completely disabled, if you are wondering how to turn on windows defender Windows 10? if you want it in future then just change the value to ‘0’ (numeric zero) or simply delete the key.

That’s how you disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Home Edition.

How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Professional

To disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Proffessional, there is another method. , we will not modify the registry keys, but we will modify the Group Policy.

Go to start menu and search for gpedit.msc or just press Windows Key + R and type gpedit.msc, hit enter.

Go to Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Defender

Windows local group policy editor

Double click on Turn off Windows Defender, and select Enabled and click OK. By doing this step, you are allowing your Windows 10 group policies to disable Windows Defender.

turn off windows defender windows 10

To check whether Windows Defender is completely disabled or not , Just Go to Settings –> Update & Security, and select Windows Defender, now all the options are disabled and grayed out.

windows defender settings grayed out

So remember that above mentioned steps are different for different version of Windows 10 like Home & Professional.

I hope you like this How to Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10 tutorial.

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