Windows Defender (now known as Microsoft Defender Antivirus) is an always-on, anti-malware software that guards your computer against external threats. The antivirus is developed by Microsoft to protect computers from virus threats that are running the Windows 10 operating system.
Why Should I turn off Windows Defender?
Good question you ask! If Microsoft Windows Defender is a free antivirus that protects your system from malware attacks, then why would anyone feel the need to disable it or turn it off? There are however specific cases where you would want to disable the Windows Defender.
You may want to install specific software or program on your system, but Microsoft Windows Defender in Windows 10 might keep interrupting. Take 3rd Party Software as an example. Windows Defender can treat programs or applications from small developers as a threat, and it will not allow you to install it. This can sometimes be helpful as you don’t know if the software is legitimate or it may contain some form of malware which may breach your security.
Nevertheless, sometimes you’re sure that the software is safe and legitimate and want to install it, but the Windows Defender keeps deleting it. In this case, you might want to disable Windows Defender temporarily.
There may arise a case where you don’t trust the capabilities of Microsoft Windows Defender and decide to install a third-party antivirus for virus threat protection. There are numerous third-party antivirus programs on the market that can be used in place of Windows Defender.
One benefit of installing a third-party antivirus is that it gives you more security and control over it. You can disable it at any time and re-enable it again.
You may also want to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 as it utilizes a lot of resources when it runs in the background. You may not have enough ram, or you may want the processor to focus on some specific task rather than waste resources on scanning your computer.
These are just a few reasons for disabling the Microsoft Defender antivirus.
Whatever your reason may be, Microsoft Windows Defender in Windows 10 is still a valuable resource. Something is better than nothing, meaning your computer is much more prone to being infected while using it with the Defender disabled. If you’re planning to use another antivirus, then disabling the Windows Defender is justifiable. The Defender antivirus does not have a disable or uninstall option anywhere. Keep in mind that when Windows Defender disable, the security of your computer will be at risk of malware attacks.
Let’s look into how to turn off Windows Defender.
Windows Defender can still be disabled on Windows 10 through settings, registry, and through group policy.
Let’s look into each one, step by step on how to turn off Windows Defender.
Turn off Windows Defender through settings:
This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to disable Windows Defender. All of the operations are going to be done through settings. Just follow these steps:
1. Open Start by clicking on the Windows logo on the bottom left of your screen.
2. On the Start menu, locate and click on Open Settings by clicking on the gear-shaped icon on the left panel.
3. Windows Settings will open up. Proceed by clicking on Update & Security. It will be the last option.
4. Next, proceed by clicking on Windows Security on the left side panel.
5. Under Protection Areas, click on Virus & threat protection.
6. The Virus & threat protection Window will open up. Under Virus & threat protection settings, proceed by clicking on Manage settings.
7. Real time protection will be the first option in front of you. Under real time protection, click on the blue ON switch.
8. Windows will prompt you if you want to make the change. Click on Yes. You’ll see the message stating that real time protection is off, an indication that you have successfully turned off the Windows Defender.
Anytime you can follow steps 1 to 7 and again click on the Off button to re-enable real time protection.
The benefit of turning off real-time protection through virus threat protection settings is convenience and speed. You can quickly turn it off and then again on. One thing to keep in mind is that when you restart your computer, Windows Defender will automatically be turned on. By disabling real-time protection, you can install your desired application or software which you previously could not, but your security will be at risk. You can also make your desired system changes. This is not a permanent solution, but it is the fastest solution through virus threat protection settings.