Solved: Windows Defender is Turned off and is Currently Managed by your Systems Administrator

Windows Defender is Turned off – How to Turn on?

Now days many users are reporting that Windows defender is turned off for some reason. Now sure why? but due to this, it is not securing the Windows 10.

Windows Defender is a built-in security software and capable enough to protect your Microsoft Win 10. Also, know as Windows Security.

If you are using a Windows 10 desktop or a laptop then, you may not require to install any third party security in your PC.

For the better security of your Win 10 computer, after Fall Creators update, Microsoft enhanced the Windows Security and added Ransomware protection in it.

Make sure you will keep updating Windows Security time to time.

Sometimes, due to certain changes in Windows 10, Windows Security application stopped working. Then, it will show you the message as below:

Windows defender turned is off and is currently managed by your system administrator

You will see in Control Panel items under Security and Maintenance (Image 1) or in Win Defender application itself.

Also, it shows you that Virus & threat protection service has stopped (Image 2) and clicking on Restart now won’t help

That makes your Windows computer unprotected.

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Windows defender is turned off
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Fix Error Windows Defender is Turned off and is Currently Managed by your Systems Administrator

This usually happens due to modification and changes to the Group Policies or in Windows Registry unknowingly.

In this article, we will show you that how you can solve the issue for error “Windows defender turned off and is currently managed by your system administrator”.

Follow the steps given below:

Be safe and side, it is better that you will take the backup of your Registry before you start doing below steps. To know how to back up your registry editor, click below link:

[Read: How to Backup and Restore Windows Registry?]

Step 1. Press Win + R to open Run Dialog box. Type regedit and click OK button to open Windows Registry Editor.


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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

 

Step 3. Now go to the right-side and locate REG_DWORD key DisableAntiSpyware. Then, right-click and select Modify…

windows defender is turned off and managed by your system admin

Step 4. Edit DWORD window will open, change the value from “1” to “0” and click OK to close.

Now close the registry editor and just need to restart your Windows computer.

Once Windows restarted and come back, you will see that Windows defender is functional and all of its services are working and won’t shows you an error message Windows defender turned off and is currently managed by your system administrator.

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  1. Followed the procedure and now have “Threat service has stopped. Restart it now” Restart now button gives message of “Unexpected error. Sorry, we ran into a problem. Please try again”. Have been through 2 restarts and have the same issue. Any ideas? Thanks

    1. It’s quite strange that after following all the steps still, you got the same issue. Request you please follow below steps:
      Navigate to below given registry path and make sure “value” should be set a “0” for “DisableAntiSpyware”.
      Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
      Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender
      Then, Restart PC. Let me know if it is not resolved.

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