Turn off Windows Defender : How to do it?

Turn off Windows Defender (now, Microsoft Defender), both temporarily and “permanently”, in Windows 10 in a easiest possible and clear-cut way. While Microsoft Defender can be disabled until you restart your computer from within Settings, you can prevent Microsoft Defender from turning itself back on until you allow it to from within the Windows Registry Editor.

Keep in mind that disabling Microsoft 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 break your computer.

Methods : Turn off Windows Defender

  • Turn Off Windows Defender
  • Disable Windows Defender

Method 1: Turn Off Windows Defender

1Tap Start, the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The Start menu will pop up.
2Click Settings the gear-shaped Settings icon in the lower-left side of the Start menu. By doing this it will open Settings window.
3Tap Update & Security which in the bottom row of Settings options.
4Press Windows Security in the upper-left side of the window.
5Press Virus & threat protection which is the first option below the “Protection areas” nearing the top of the page. By this, it will open the Windows Defender window.
6Tap Virus & threat protection settings in the middle of the page.
7Disable Microsoft Defender’s real-time scanning which is the blue “On” switch below the “Real-time protection” heading, then click Yes to turn off the real-time scanning feature of Microsoft Defender.
8Disable Microsoft Defender’s cloud-based protection by clicking the blue “On” switch below the “Cloud-delivered protection” heading and tapping Microsoft Defender to turn itself back on the next time you restart the system.

Method 2 : Disable Windows Defender

1Tap Start, Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The Start menu will pop up on the screen.
2Click Registry Editor to open, to allow make changes to the computer’s core features. For opening it, do the following:
Type in regedit.
Tap the blue regedit icon at the top of the Start menu.
Push Yes when asked.
3Navigate to Microsoft Defender’s location in the register. Do this by expanding necessary folders in the left-hand section of Registry Editor as follows:
Expand the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder by double-clicking it You may skip the step if the folder is already expanded.
* Expand the “SOFTWARE” folder.
* Scroll down and expand the “Policies” folder.
* Expand the “Microsoft” folder.
* Click once the “Windows Defender” folder.
4Right-click the “Windows Defender” folder to get a drop-down menu.
Click the right side of the mouse, or use two fingers to click the mouse.
If the system uses a trackpad over mouse, use two fingers to tap the trackpad or tap the bottom-right side of the trackpad.
5Tap New near the top of the drop-down menu to prompt a pop-out menu.
6Tap DWORD (32-bit) Value in the pop-out menu. Tapping it gives a blue-and-white file in the “Windows Defender” window on the right side of the page.
7Enter “DisableAntiSpyware” for file to appear. Push DisableAntiSpyware and then click ↵ Enter.
8Double-click to open “DisableAntiSpyware” DWORD file for a pop-up window to open.
9Replace the “Value data” number with 1. This essentially turns on the DWORD value.
10Click OK. It’s at the bottom of the window.
11Restart computer by tapping Start –>Power –>Restart in the pop-up menu. When computer restarting process, Microsoft Defender will be disabled.
12To re-enable Microsoft Defender when needed, do the following:
Navigate to the Microsoft Defender folder in Registry Editor.
Tap once “Windows Defender” folder.
Open “DisableAntiSpyware” Value by double-clicking it.
Make changes to the “Value data” from 1 to 0.
Press OK to restart the system.
Delete the “DisableAntiSpyware” value never want it to be available later.

By going through the above steps of procedure, you will definitely be able to Turn Off or Disable Windows Defender, whenever it is required to be done.