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How to turn off Windows Defender completely

21 mayo, 2021

Windows Defender, Microsoft’s antivirus, It has been a permanent presence within Windows 10 since its arrival, and although in general it is a good tool, it also suffers with some frequency from failures in its antimalware protection engine that more than once have exposed users or even broken them the beggining.

If you want disable Windows DefenderThe simplest way is to install another antivirus of your choice, since when it recognizes that the user has installed a third-party solution, it is automatically deactivated. However, it is not possible to permanently remove Windows Defender nor is it possible to completely uninstall its engine, at least not easily.

How to increase the level of Windows Defender virus protection

There may be multiple reasons or scenarios where you need to completely get rid of Windows Defender, but you should be aware that you will be exposing yourself to various security risks if you do so without installing any alternative programs. If you have decided what you need, we will explain how to disable Windows Defender in any version of Windows 10.


Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education

Local Group Policy Editor

it’s possible disable Windows Defender via local group policies, unless you use Windows 10 Home, for this you will have to resort to the Registry, as we will explain later. If you use Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the start menu, type “edit group policy“and press Enter. Or, press Windows key + R and in the drawer type: gpedit.msc
  2. In the policy editor window navigate to the following path: Equipment setup > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus
  3. On the right of the window select the option Disable Windows Defender Antivirus and double click on it
  4. In the pop-up window check the box “Enabled“, press Apply and then OK
  5. Restart your computer to apply the changes.
  Disable Windows Defender Antivirus

You can revert the changes following exactly the same steps, but instead of checking the “Disabled” box, you should check “Not configured”

How to create a restore point in Windows 10

Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Home

To completely disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Home we will have to resort to the Windows Registry, unfortunately the process is a little more complicated and risky, so we recommend creating a restore point before starting in case something goes wrong, to That you can get back to the point before you hurt something.

Windows Registry
  1. Press the Windows key + R and in the box to execute a command type: regedit
  2. From the Registry Editor navigate to the following path: HKEYLOCALMACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows Defender
  3. Right click on the Windows Defender folder and select New > DWORD value (32-bit)
  4. Right click on the new value, change its value name to DisableAntiSpyware and hit Enter.
  5. Right click on DisableAntiSpyware and select Modify. Change the value data number from 0 to 1 and press OK.
  6. Restart your computer.

You can revert the changes by following the same steps, you will only have to delete the DiasableAntiSpyware DWORD value that you created.