Windows 10: How to disable Windows Defender


windows-10-defender Windows 10: How to disable Windows Defender When the update from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I had the bad surprise to see my antivirus and my firewall disappear during the process, while I chose the option "keep programs, files and personal settings" I still don't know if it's the case for everyone, that software protections disappear during the upgrade, but in view of the difficulty to disable Windows Defender, I want to say Yes… By being a little attentive to the news, we notice that Microsoft imposes several elements including the default Edge browser, tracking our personal data, etc… So it's no surprise that Windows 10 is trying to force us to use Windows Defender by not reinstalling the old antivirus!  

How to temporarily disable Windows defender

  • Press your Windows key or click the New Start menu
  • Click Settings
  • Click Update and Security
  • On the left side: Windows defender
  • On the right side: Disable all 3 functions:
    • Real Time Protection
    • Protection in the Cloud
    • Sending a sample

desactiver-windows-defender-temps-reel-500x415 Windows 10: How to disable Windows Defender And it's okay, your defender is temporarily disabled! Update: In the latest versions of Windows 10 (at the time of writing these lines, Windows 10 version 1803), the location changed slightly:

  • Press your Windows key or click the New Start menu
  • Click Settings
  • Click Update and Security
  • On the left side: Windows security
  • Click "Open Windows Security Center Defender"
  • In the new window, in the left column, click on the Shield (2nd icon)
  • Click on "Virus and Threat protection settings"
  • Turn off the 3 functions:
    • Real Time Protection
    • Protection in the Cloud
    • Sending a sample

It is worth noting that this is likely to change depending on the versions of Windows 10.  

How to permanently disable Windows defender

(only valid for Windows 10 Pro)

  • Simultaneously press your Windows key and the letter R. At the Run window, type GPEdit. msc. This will open the Group Policy Editor to you.
  • On the left side, expand:
    • Computer setup
    • Administrative Templates
    • Windows components
    • Windows Defender
  • On the right side, double click on "Disable Windows defender"

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  • At the new window that appears, click on "Enabled" to enable disabling… 8
  • Click Ok

  And voila, Windows 10 is definitely disabled!  

How to activate Windows defender

Of course, nothing prevents you from reactivating Windows defender by doing the reverse manipulation and setting the parameter to Disabled.  

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