Turn off Real time Protection of your Windows Security in Windows 10

Turn off Real time Protection

In this article, we will show you the easy way to turn off real-time protection of your Windows 10 security, if needed. However, Real-time protection is an important feature of the Windows Security in Windows 10.

By default, Windows 10 comes with built-in security called Windows security, well known name is Windows Defender.

Defender is capable to protect your Windows from any virus, malware or threat attacks from the internet or other resources.

[Read: How to Run Windows Defender Offline Scan?]

It scans your Windows for threats or malware in real-time basis when you download something from the internet or copy anything from any external drives such as a flash drive or external hard disk.

Why to disable Real-time Protection?

In few cases, for example:

  • If you are installing another antivirus
  • You might be activating Windows by using activator or the Windows loader
  • Are you trying to activate any software program such as any Office product or any other software?

Yes, certainly you must require to disable Windows defender’s real-time protection in above scenarios.

How to Disable Real-time Protection?

Caution: Hopefully, you know why you are disabling it. We recommend you not to turn off real time protection if you are not running another antivirus program.

Windows might be infected by malware while real-time background scanning is turned off. In this situation, Windows Defender won’t perform a background scan and system may infect.

Step 1. Go to Windows 10 Search with Win + S shortcut

  1. Type Windows security to get the result
  2. Click on it to open.

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Step 2. The Windows Security or Windows Defender will open.

  • From the left pane, select Virus & threat protection
  • Then, click Manage settings

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Step 3. You will be at Virus & threat protection settings. Most probably, the first option is for “Real-time protection”. By default, Windows defender real-time protection is always turned on.

There will be a toggle switch to turn off real-time protection for Microsoft Windows Defender. Click on it to disable real time protection.

Note: This action may prompt for admin permission, therefore, click Yes if you get the prompt.

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With your above action, you can successfully turn off Windows defender’s real-time protection.

Even now, it will display a message “Real-time protection is off, leaving your device vulnerable.”

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How to Turn on Real-time Protection?

Subsequently, when you want to enable real-time protection which is very important, just reach at Step 3 as above and toggle the switch to make it turn on.

Make sure, Windows Defender/Windows Security real-time protection is always ON or enabled in order to protect your system from a virus or threat attacks.

So, this way you can easily turn off and turn on real-time protection of Windows 10’s Windows Security/Defender.

Keep safe your Windows!

[Read: Windows Defender is Turned off and is Currently Managed by your Systems Administrator]

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