How to Disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 10?

Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows a feature to permanently disable Windows Defender, also known as Windows Defender is a built-in security software in Microsoft Windows 10.

If you’re using the Windows 10 computer so you may be using any other third party antivirus on your computer, but same time Windows defender also running on your computer and you don’t want to run Windows Defender on your computer while using other security.

In this case, the best way is that, you should turn off defender security from your computer, so you can use other antivirus properly.

windows defender

In this post, I will show you that how you can disable or turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10. There are two Methods in which you can disable or turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 computer, as below:

  1. By using Registry Editor.
  2. By using Windows Local Group Policies.

Method 1 – Turn off Windows Defender Permanently with Registry

Be safe and side, it is better that you will take the backup of your Registry before you start doing below steps.

[Read: How to Back up Windows Registry?]

Step 1. Press Win + R to open run Dialog box. Type regedit and click OK button to open Registry editor.

registry backup

Step 2. Registry Editor is on your screen now, follow the below given path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Step 3. On the right side, we need to create a key. Right-click on the free space, click on New, and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 4. Rename it to DisableAntiSpyware.

Then, double click to open and change the value from “1” to “0” and click OK to close.

Alright! All done now. Still, you can see the Windows Defender icon in your notification area.

So, we just need to restart the computer to make the changes done. Once your computer will be back after restarting, you will not see Windows Defender anywhere.

Method 2 – Turn off Defender by using Local Group Policies

Another option to disable Windows Defender is from Windows Local Group Policies.

Just to inform you before you start with local group policies. In Windows 10 Home or Starter, you will not find a local group policy editor on it.

In this case, you can access the registry editor and disable Windows defender from there or you can enable Group Policy Editor.

[Read: Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home or Starter Edition]

Follow the steps below:

  1. You must be signed in as an Administrator
  2. Local Group Policies are available only in Windows 8 and 8.1 Pro and Enterprises Editions.

In Windows 10, it will only be available in Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So before you start, make sure that what version of Windows you have.

Press Win + R and type msinfo32 to check your Windows version.

Step 1. Press Win + R to open Run dialog box.

Type, gpedit.msc and click OK to open Group Policy Editor.

group policy

Step 2. Now, the left pane, follow the path given below:

Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Windows Defender

Step 3. On the right side of the screen, look for Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus and double-click on it to open.

disable windows defender

Step 4. A new Window will appear on a computer screen. You have three options in the top left.

Select Enabled in order to Disable Windows Defender from your computer.

Then, click on Apply and OK to close the Window.

turn off windows defender

By doing the above steps, we have permanently disabled Windows Defender by using Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 computer.

You just need to restart the computer once, and you will not find Windows security/defender in your computer.

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