Turn off Windows Defender on Windows 10


Windows Defender is a free antivirus program built into Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1) to protect your computer against viruses, rootkits, spyware, and other malicious programs. Other malicious code.

Windows Defender will automatically run on your computer, but it will also automatically disable itself if any other security software is installed on your computer. And just like Windows Defender is integrated on Windows 8.1, users can not completely disable this antivirus on Windows 10.

Limitations of Windows Defender are programs that protect only on basic but not specialized level like other 3rd party software. Perhaps that is why users want to disable this program permanently to install third party anti-virus software, increase the security and safety of the computer throughout the use.

So how to disable Windows Defender entirely on Windows 10? There are several ways to turn off Windows Defender on Windows 10, please see the detailed instructions below.

How to turn off Windows Defender on Win 10

1. Disable Windows Defender with Local Group Policy

If you use Windows 10 Pro or other versions such as Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to completely disable Windows Defender on your computer.

  1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command.
  2.  On the Run command prompt, type gpedit.msc and then press Enter or click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.
  3. On the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following key: Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Windows Defender 
  4. In the right pane, locate and double-click the Turn off Windows Defender option.
  5. Select Enabled to disable Windows Defender.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.

Once you have completed the steps, notice that you will see the Windows Defender icon still displayed in the system tray. To remove this icon, very simply you just restart your computer.

In case you want to re-enable Windows Defender, follow the same steps, and to step 5 select the Not configured option, restart your computer to apply the change.

2. Disable Windows Defender with Registry

If you use Windows 10 Home, you can not access the Local Group Policy Editor. However, you can still disable Windows Defender by using the Registry.


Before performing the steps below, you should perform a backup of your registry to prevent the bad ones from happening.

1. Press Windows + R key to open the Run command, then enter regedit and press Enter (or click OK) to open the Registry.

2. On the Registry window, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender

3. If the DisableAntiSpyware DWORD is not found, right-click any blank area, and then select New => DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Name this new key DisableAntiSpyware.

5. Double click on the new key you just created, set the value in the Value Data box from 0 to 1.

6. Restart your computer to complete the process.

If you want to re-enable Windows Defender, follow the same steps, and to step 5 you set the Value Data value from 1 to 0, restarting your computer to apply the change.

3. Disable Windows Defender temporarily using the Settings app

If you want to disable Windows Defender temporarily, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. On the Settings page, find and select Update & security.

3. Next, click on Windows Defender.

4. Change the Real-time protection option state to OFF.

Depending on your computer habits, you can choose to disable Windows Defender. Note, however, that Windows Defender is not a powerful anti-virus software, but it also detects and blocks some common viruses, so you should only turn off Windows Defender when you install the killer other viruses.