Windows Defender, Windows 10’s built in antivirus tool, will keep your PC safe from numerous threats, but it’s not on a par with dedicated third-party anti-malware solutions. This blog teaches you how to turn off Windows Defender, both temporarily and “permanently”, in Windows 10. While Windows Defender can be disabled until you restart your computer from within Settings, you can prevent Windows Defender from turning itself back on until you allow it to from within the Windows Registry Editor. Keep in mind that disabling Windows Defender will open your computer to security threats; additionally, using the Registry Editor outside of the parameters defined in this article can harm or even brick your computer.
How to turn off Windows Defender (shortcut)
- In ‘Settings,’ select ‘Update & Security’
- Go to ‘Windows Security,’ Select ‘Virus & threat protection’
- In the sidebar, select ‘Virus & threat protection’
- Click on ‘Virus & threat protection settings’
- Under ‘Real-time protection’ click the switch so it says ‘Off’.
Method 1: Turn off windows defender temporarily
Step 1: Click “Settings” in the “Start Menu”. And then choose “Update & Security”.
Step 2: Select “Windows Security” from the left pane and choose “Open Windows Defender Security Center”.
Step 3: Open Windows Defender’s settings, and then click on the “Virus & Threat Protection settings” link.
Step 4: Click the Real-Time Protection, Cloud-Delivered Protection and Automatic Sample Submission switches to turn Windows Defender off.
Method 2: How to Turn off Windows Defender using registry:
1. Open the registry
Open the Run command using the keyboard shortcut: Windows key + R. Type in “regedit” and click ‘OK.’
A pop-up window may appear asking if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device. Click ‘Yes.’
2. Browse the below path
Copy and paste the below address path into the search bar at the top of the window and hit enter:
3. Right-click on Windows Defender folder, select ‘New’ on the drop-down menu and choose ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’
Only do this if you do not see DisableAntiSpyware in the folder. If you do see it, you can skip to step 5.
4. Name it DisableAntiSpyware and hit Enter
A new item will appear in the folder, with the text highlighted. Delete out the current text and type in ‘DisableAntiSpyware.’ Then press Enter. The item should now be saved in the folder.
5. Double click DisableAntiSpyware and change ‘0’ to ‘1’
Double-click on the new DisableAntiSpyware item. A window will pop-up to edit the DWORD. In the ‘Value data’ field, enter ‘1.’ Click ‘OK.’
6. Restart your device
Restart your Windows device to install the new edits. Your Windows Defender should now be permanently disabled.
How to turn off window defender using other methods:
While there are multiple methods that you can use to disable Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows 10, we don’t recommend using a computer without anti-malware software.
However, you may come across some situations when disabling the feature could be the best action. If you’re installing third-party anti-malware, you don’t need to disable Windows Defender Antivirus, as it’ll be disabled automatically during the installation process.
If you don’t like Windows Defender Antivirus, you should consider these alternatives: