How To Turn Off Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus service in Windows 10 to protect the PC from Virus, Malware, Ransomware, spyware, Keylogger, etc. Sometimes we need to turn off Windows Defender to complete a specific task, such as installing a program.

Windows 10 doesn’t give you an option to disable the Windows Defender service permanently. However, you can disable using the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

In this guide, we will walk you through how to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10.

Turn off Windows Defender Temporarily

If you want to perform a specific task such as installing a program, then you don’t need to disable Windows defender permanently. You can turn off the Windows Defender Antivirus service temporarily.

  1. First of all, go to the Start Menu and click the Settings Gear icon to open the Windows 10 settings. (You can also use Windows Logo+I shortcut key to open the settings)
  2. In the settings, select Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security.
  3. Then, select the virus and threat protection.
  4. Under the Virus & threat protection, click the Manage settings.
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  1. Now click the toggle button to turn off real-time protection.
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Once you’ve done this, then Windows Defender will be temporarily disabled. Now you can complete your task that you could not end as long as Windows Defender was active.

You can enable real-time protection by restarting the PC or simply open the Windows Security settings and turn on manually.

Related article: How To Uninstall Avast Antivirus

Turn off Windows Defender Permanently

You can either create a policy using a group policy editor or create a registry using a registry editor to disable the Windows antivirus service permanently.

Using Local Group Policy Editor

On Windows 10 pro, you can use a group policy editor to disable the Windows defender. But, on Windows 10 home, Group policy is not enabled by default; you need to enable it first. We’ve already covered this topic; you might want to read: How to enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home

However, In order to turn off Windows Antivirus service permanently, you have to disable Tamper Protection in Windows Security settings.

Disable Tamper Protection

  1. Open Windows 10 settings.
  2. Select Update & Security > Windows security.
  3. Open Windows Security settings.
  4. Under the Virus & threat protection, click the Manage settings.
  5. Find Tamper Protection and click the toggle button to disable Tamper protection.

Turn off Windows Defender

  1. Press the Windows Logo+R shortcut key to open the Run box, then type gpedit.msc in the Run box, then hit the enter button to open the group policy editor.
  2. In the group policy editor, navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender Antivirus.
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  1. Find the “Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus” policy, then open it.
  2. Now select the “Enable option” to enable this service.
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  1. Click the Apply and then OK.
  2. Restart your PC.

Now Windows Antivirus service is permanently turned off. You will notice a “shield” icon remains in the taskbar, don’t worry, because it is Windows duty to show you this shield icon.

To confirm, open the Windows Defender settings and check the real-time protection, whether it is turned on. If you try to enable real-time protection, you can’t until you change the Windows Defender Antivirus policy. You can disable the “Turn off Windows Antivirus” policy to allow Antivirus protection again.

Using Registry Editor

If you’re using Windows 10 Home Edition, you might want to go with this option as Group policy editor is not enabled by default in Windows 10 home. However, this method applies to both editions of Windows 10.

In this method, you will also need to disable “Tamper Protection.” To do this, back to the previous method and follow the steps to disable tamper protection.

  1. First of all, open the RUN box and type “regedit.exe,” and then hit the enter button.
  2. This open Registry Editor.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender.
  4. Right-click in the white space area and then select new>DWORD 32-bit value to create a new registry.
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  1. Enter the key name as “DisableAntiSpyware” and then hit enter.
  2. Once the entry is created, double-click the DisableAntiSpyware Entry, and then set the value data from 0 to 1, then OK.
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  1. Restart your PC.

Now Windows Antivirus is permanently turned off. In the future, if you will need to enable the Windows Defender again, then you can delete this DisableAntiSpyware entry in Registry Editor. You must turn on Tamper protection if you enable the Antivirus service again in Windows 10.

We never suggest you should disable antivirus service permanently; however, you can turn off temporarily. Suppose you need to disable the antivirus service to complete some work, then you can disable temporarily. Once you’ve finished your work, a simple restart can enable the protection again.

You should always use the Windows Antivirus service, it is therefore important as it protects your PC against viruses, malware, spyware, etc.

This is all about how to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10. Hopefully, you enjoyed this guide.

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