Welcome to the how to disable windows defender guide for windows 10 prepared by Outlook AppIns. In this article, you will discover guaranteed solutions to turn off the Windows firewall temporarily as well as permanently. These techniques work for any version including home and pro edition using methods like gpedit, command prompt, and registry editor.
During the troubleshooting, we will make use of default system settings or registry items to get the job done. Also, it can help install blocked software and programs into your computer. Plus, an antivirus developed by a third party company of your choice can also be activated.
Windows Defender is like any other antivirus software. It can protect your PC from viruses, hacking attacks, and other malicious activities. Thus, disabling the default firewall will also leave your computer vulnerable. Your laptop might receive threats and attacks if you are connect or work on the internet 24/7. Therefore, when you disable windows defender, do it at your own risk and caution.
Besides, there are less risks if you have a trusted antivirus software running. But if not, then your computer might be in trouble. So have a premium and reputation filled antivirus activate on your system as an alternative protection.
How to disable windows defender windows 10
Alright, let’s get started with all the working, tried and tested steps to turn off windows defender.
Turn off real time protection
Disable Windows Defender Group Policy
- First of all, open ‘Run.’ You can do that by pressing hotkeys ‘Windows + R’ or by searching ‘run’ on the Cortana search box.
- Type ‘gpedit.msc’ and press enter.
Alternatively, you can type ‘Edit Group Policy’ in the Cortana search box to open the local group policy editor. It is just the same thing. Take a look.
- From the list of different options on the left sidebar in ‘Local Group Policy Editor,’ navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.
- Scroll down and select “Windows Defender Antivirus.” Then double click on “Turn off windows defender antivirus.”
- Select ‘Disabled.’
- Then ‘Apply’ and finally ‘OK.’
In this way, you can turn off windows defender in windows 10 using Local Group Policy Editor. If you want to turn it back on in the future, follow the same procedure up to step 4. In step 5, switch from disabled to either ‘Not Configured’ or ‘Enabled.’ This will turn the firewall back on.
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