Windows Defender is the antivirus and antimalware that we find by default on Windows PCs (Windows 10 included) and which should protect us from viruses and potentially harmful files that we encounter while browsing the internet. The conditional is a must because several tests and studies have shown that Windows Defender is not always effective in this prevention and often sees files that are not dangerous as dangerous (false positives). To this "limit" must then be added the problem of high disk and CPU use often attributable to Windows Defender. This is why more and more users are asking “But is Windows Defender really useful? Or is it better to use another Antivirus for Windows 10? ". The answer is that it often pays to replace Windows Defender with another antivirus to avoid all the problems described above. And that's why if you do a Google search like "disable windows defender"Or"disable windows defender”You will find a lot of articles about it.
We at Softstore also do not want to be outdone and we want to make a contribution on this topic by describing the simplest and fastest steps to follow to deactivate temporarily or permanently Windows Defender on Windows 10 PC.
- Temporarily disable Windows Defender
- Permanently disable Windows Defender from the registry
- Permanently disable Windows Defender via Group Policy
How to Disable Windows Defender on Windows 10
A) Temporarily disable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Step 1: From your Windows 10 PC go to "Settings”After clicking on the“ Menu Home". Then access the section "Update and Security".
Step 2: Select the item "Windows security"From the left sidebar and then click on the"April Windows Defender Security Center".
Step 3: From the Windows Defender window click on the “Virus and Threat Protection” link" and from here you can disable this function
Step 4: To be precise, you can disable two functions: realtime protection and Cloud protection.
B) Permanent deactivation of Windows Defender on Windows 10
Method 1. Deactivate Windows Defender permanently via Windows 10 registry
If you have a PC with Windows 10 Home, you will not have access to the "Group Policy" Editor, and therefore to permanently disable Windows Defender you will have to act directly on the registry.
Important: Before diving into this guide, it's worth considering that modifying the registry can be dangerous and can cause irreversible damage to your system if you don't do it correctly. It is highly recommended to perform a full system backup before proceeding.
- Click on the buttons Windows + R to open the window in which you will have to write the command regeditclick on your OK to open the registry.
- Look for the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender
- If you don't see an entry DisableAntiSpyware, then click on an empty space and select "New" and then click on DWORD (32bit) Value.
- Name the key as DisableAntiSpyware.
- Double click on the newly created key and set the value from 0 a 1.
- Reboot the PC
At any time you can reactivate Windows Defender by doing the same steps, but this time you will need to change the value in step 5 from 1 to 0. You must always restart your PC after making these registry changes.
Method 2. Deactivate Windows Defender permanently through the Group Policy Editor
Step 1: Press the "Win + R"On the keyboard and in the box that opens write"gpedit.msc". Then click on OK. This will open the Group Policy editor which is only available in the Pro versions of Windows 10 and is instead absent in the Home and Premium versions.
Step 2: Click on Computer Configuration and Administrative Templates.
Step 3: Click on "Windows Components"And double click"Windows Defender Antivirus".
Step 4: Double click "Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus".
At last, select the Enable button on the left edge and click OK.
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