How to Permanently Disable Windows Defender on Windows 10

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Being a free antivirus software, Windows Defender is a software included by Microsoft in each Windows 10 installation (along with Windows 8.1 installation too). The main purpose of this free antivirus software is to provide the security and to protect your systems against rootkits, viruses, spyware, along with several malicious code types. The antivirus software automatically runs on your system. However, it also automatically disables itself once it finds some other security software installed on the system. There is one limitation—contrasting the integration of Windows Defender with Windows 8.1, one just cannot disable the antivirus permanently any longer.

Microsoft just cannot go with the thought of you using Windows 10 with no protection, though it is a pretty obvious reason! Nonetheless, some users don't like the antivirus annoying them by running every now and then and they wish to deactivate Windows Defender.Though Windows 10 has an option to turn off Windows Defender, you just cannot permanently disable Windows Defender. And so today we are going to discuss how to disable Windows Defender permanently.

Method 1: How to Stop Windows Defender using Local Group Policy

In case you are having Windows 10 Pro or other variant, for example, Windows 10 Education or Windows 10 Enterprise, you can simply go for Local Group Policy Editor in order to disable Defender Windows 10 on your system permanently. Follow below steps to solve Windows 10 disable Windows Defender issue:

  • Step 1: By using Windows key + R combination of keyboard keys, open the Run command box. Now type gpedit.msc command and tap on OK. This will open the window Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Step 2: Next, go to path: Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Windows Defender. Here you will find the Turn off Windows Defender option on the right. Double click on it.
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  • Step 3: Choose the option Enabled to disable Windows Defender and click on Apply button and then on Ok. Even though you are done with above procedure, the shield icon of Windows Defender will still be seen in system tray. The icon will disappear when you restart the computer. Congratulation, you have successfully done the task of "disable Windows Defender Windows 10".
  • Step 4: Whenever you wish to again enable the Windows Defender, you just require following the above same steps, except choose the Not configured option and then restart the system so as to revert the changes you want.

Method 2: How to Disable Windows Defender with the Registry

You cannot access the Local Group Policy Editor in case you are having Windows 10 Home. The reason behind this is it is available only for enterprise OS versions. Though, you can make changes to the registry to overcome your "remove Windows Defender Windows 10" issue. Follow below steps to disable Windows Defender completely:

  • Step 1: By using Windows key + R combination of keyboard keys, open the window of Run command and type the command regedit in the window. Now tap on OK. This will open the Registry.
  • Step 2: Now go to path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender. In case you don't get "DWORD DisableAntiSpyware", simply right-click anywhere and select New. Now click the option DWORD (32-bit) Value.
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  • Step 3: Give DisableAntiSpyware name to the key. Next by double-clicking the recently created key, set the value to 1 from 0 and simply restart your system in order to finish the procedure.
  • Step 4: Whenever you wish to enable the Windows Defender again, simply follow above same steps except change the value on to 0 from 1. Now again restart your system to revert the required changes.

Extra Knowledge: How to Disable Windows Defender via Settings App

If you wish to disable Windows Defender and turn off windows defender permanently, you can do this using Setting app. Follow below steps to Windows 10 disable Defender temporarily.

Go to Settings >> Update & security >> Windows Defender. Here you can simply by toggling the switch of Real-time protection make Windows Defender disable.

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Summary:

In the above article, we have discussed how to disable Windows Defender permanently. The best and simple steps along with other required information are elaborated above. In addition, some reasonably priced alternatives are also mentioned above. Feel free to share your feedback with us in below comments.

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