How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

Deepak Gupta February 20, 2022
Updated 2022/02/20 at 5:43 AM

One of the most important software on a computer is without a doubt an antivirus. Any security system or mechanism that is implemented on a computer would be incomplete if it did not include an antivirus. There are several reputable antivirus programs, each with its own specific strengths. This is why, within the variety, each user has their preference.

One of these antivirus is Windows Defender, which is already installed in the most recent versions of Windows (8,10 and 11). Some users for some reason do not like this antivirus and trust others more. If you are one of these users, today we will teach you how to disable windows defender in windows 10 We invite you to continue reading, we already started.

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Reasons to disable Windows antivirus

from version Windows 8, Microsoft’s operating system also includes an antivirus by default in its installation. This tool has been inherited by all subsequent versions, such as Windows 8.1, 10 and 11.

For many users, this is the tool that best protects Windows-based computers from virus and malware attacks. In addition, it is compatible with other antivirus systems, thus reinforcing the security of the computer.

Now, perhaps some peculiarities of this antivirus can make you decide disable it from your computer and rely on third-party software. One of these reasons may be that Defender blocks the download and installation of a specific app. However, you should know that disabling Windows Defender can bring risks to the security of your system.

How Windows antivirus works

Before you proceed with your intention to disable Windows Defender, it is necessary to show you some features of this antivirus that may make you change your mind.

This antivirus takes care of monitor your computer for malware and spyware. Once it detects a malicious program, it sends it to quarantine and prevents it from infecting the computer. In addition, it provides information in real time about all possible threats detected by it.

We know that sometimes it can be quite frustrating, since it blocks applications that we want to install. But this is as a result of his refined security check against software from unreliable sources and malware threats.

Among its main functions we have the virus protection. This is the basic principle of any antivirus system. Defender protects against any malicious software that tries to attack your computer. Among the options in this section we have the quick, full or custom scan. The tool also has controlled access to folders and its protection system is based on the cloud.

It also has a firewall service. In this way your access to public and private networks will be protected automatically. On the other hand, it has a refined control over unwanted and potentially harmful applications and software.

It also has protection againstunauthorized account access and a lock option via Bluetooth. Also, secure your computer’s hardware by making use of virtualization to isolate and protect the core.

All these features make Windows Defender a fairly complete antivirus, with a daily free update system. Its performance is very good, making it an effective solution for some users. It also has the addition that no need to buy or installsince it is installed by default in the operating system.

Steps to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

If everything that we have explained above has not made you give up your efforts to disable Windows Defender, then we offer you a series of steps to follow.

  • First we go to the Start menu and look for the option Virus and threat protection. In case you do not find this option in the search bar of this menu, type Windows Defender and it will appear as the first option.
Access the graphical interface of Windows Defender.
  • Once the Windows Defender interface is open, we go to Settings -> Manage settings.
  • In this window I could see a series of switches turned on for the different antivirus protection features. Find and uncheck the one that says Real-time protection.
  • Disable other options, if desired, such as Cloud Protection, Tamper Protection, and Sample Send by changing the position of each switch associated with these options.

You should be aware that this way to disable Windows Defender may not be effective in the long run. That is, after a while, the operating system itself can resort to re-activating Windows Defender. It could also be activated again if we perform an update of the operating system.

To permanently disable Windows Defender on your computer, follow the steps below.

Steps to disable Windows Defender permanently

This way uses the tool system log. Before proceeding, I must inform you that any inappropriate change in the system registry can cause serious damage to the operating system. For this reason, if you are unsure and have never worked with the registry, I recommend finding someone who has used it before.

First of all, whenever we are going to make changes to the registry, it is recommended perform a safety salvo of the state of it. This will allow you to restore it to a fully functional version in case you make a mistake.

That said, to permanently disable Windows Defender we open the Windows registry. This can be done from the start menu, pressing the option registry editoror by pressing the key combination Windows + r, writing regedit and press Enter.

Access the Windows registry.
Access the Windows registry.

Once inside the registry we go to the address HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/Microsoft/Windows Defender. In this direction we will create a new value of type DWORD of 3 bit, by right clicking in the space to the right of the window.

Value in Windows registry to disable Windows Defender.
Create registry value to disable Windows Defender.

To this new value we will put as a name DisableAntiSpyware. Once created, we open it with a double click, and in the Value information field we write 1. We press OK and close the registry editor.

Registry value to disable Windows Defender.
Set value in registry.

For these changes to take effect, you need to Restart your computer.

In case at any time you want to have Windows Defender available again, you just have to enter this registration address again. open the value DisableAntiSpyware and in the Value data field type 0, and restart the computer again.

How to proceed in Windows 10 Pro

If you have a version of Windows 10 Pro, Education or Enterprise, To disable Windows Defender we can use local group policies. For this we must:

  • Press the Windows + r key combination, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  • The window that has opened is the directive editor. In this window go to the address Equipment configuration> Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus.
local directives.
Windows Defender Local Policies.
  • Once positioned in this directory, we are going to look in the right panel for the option Disable Windows Antivirus And we’re going to double-click on it.
  • In the window that has opened, we simply check the box corresponding to the option Enabled. That way we are disabling the antivirus.
Turn off Windows Defender in local policies.
Turn off Windows Defender in local policies.
  • We press the buttons Apply and Accept in that order, and we restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

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