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Permanently Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10

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Anyone who thinks that common sense is the only antivirus you ever need might be right, but most of us mere mortals have to rely on software to avoid getting our HDD hijacked by a trojan. There are a lot of good antivirus software available for Windows, and this niche of the market has been full for decades. However, nothing beats having the OS augmented with some built-in security. Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender have proved themselves to be worthy additions to the OS. In Windows 10 as well, Windows Defender has been very effective against spyware attacks, which occur frequently in pre-release build of Windows. Despite this usefulness, you can’t deny that Windows Defender hogs up a lot of system resources, and if you are already using a third-party antivirus, it might be a good idea to turn Defender off. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward method of doing this in Windows 10 TP.

If you disable Window Defender using the obvious method of closing it, or hitting the ‘Disable’ button on the program’s main UI, you will notice it coming back on the next time the system is rebooted. This can be avoided though. Here is how you can disable the Defender permanently, or for as long as you want.

Windows Defender Disable Permanently in Windows 10

Steps to Disable Windows Defender

  1. Go to Run.
  2. Type in ‘gpedit.msc’ (without quotes) and hit Enter. This will open up a new menu, where group policy editor options are listed.
  3. Head to the ‘Administrative Templates’ tab, located under ‘Computer Configuration’.
  4. Click ‘Windows Components’, followed by ‘Windows Defender’.
  5. Find the ‘Turn off Windows Defender’ option, and double-click it.
  6. Apply your changes before exiting the GPE menu.

If you are regretting this choice though, Defender can always be turned back on. Just perform all the above steps, but in step 5, choose the ‘Turn Windows Defender On’ option.

Of course, the above steps will leave you without any protection from spyware. It is only advisable to disable Windows Defender if you are using another trusted antivirus. You might also find this tip useful if you are just trying out Windows 10 in Virtual Machine.

  • Earl Tash

    doesnt work

    • Roberto Sampaio

      Probably because you are chosing “disable” when actually you have to “enable” turning off windows defender. Maybe something that should be mentioned in the article aswell.

  • Rick

    it says windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’

  • JP

    ‘gpedit.msc’ is NOT AVAILABLE with Windows 10 Home edition. Must be PRO or better.

  • Erik

    For me there is no tab named ‘Windows Defender’ but instead one called ‘Endpoint Protection’. I’m note sure this has changed since this article was published or if it’s because I have Windows 10 Pro in a language other than English.

  • Simba P

    It’s a dirty and annoying fix but it seems to work – looks like if you keep the settings app open and have it on that Windows Defender settings page, it won’t turn itself on again.

    4 days and counting!

  • bobalazs

    +1

  • Mike Frampton

    This method works for me “Windows 10 Enterprise” . No more defender icon or anything.

  • Waqas Shah

    Thanks ! It worked on Win 10 Pro 🙂
    Step 7. Enable it.
    Can we disable auto maintenance ?

  • Justin Robert Ray

    would yall quit your bitching. Really no one HAS to help you with your problems pleebs. Either learn how to do it yourself without consulting google or deal with what you have to in order to obtain your answer. This did work for me however. Thank you OP.

  • Michiyo Sentakubunya

    Really? You mean people actually use the “Home Demo” version instead of the full version?

  • Christopher Wortman

    So I followed everything but I simply cannot find Windows Defender under Windows Components… please fix the instructions.

  • Wael Alsulaiman

    thank you so much

  • CYRIAQU3

    Microsoft auto-reinstall Defender (and re-enable location) sometime with the updates.

  • eBrain

    I have Windows 10 Home 64-Bit. Downloaded group policy editor using video that has been posted below. I can open and edit policy fine but Windows Defender is not listed under ‘Windows Components’ (Step 4). I expanded entire tree but cannot find Windows Defender anywhere. Task Manager shows it is eating up memory so it is running somewhere. I am so sick of this defender thing. Disabling it is not working for me I came here to completely get rid of this POS but no luck 🙁

    • Same here, please update us.

    • Memovil VE

      For anyone with this problem is because in some builds is not Windows Defender but “Endpoint Protection”

  • John Doe

    I don’t like antivirus software or anything like that. I once had a bad experience and with Norton’s software. It made my computer run slowly and while running it I had more problems with the speed of my computer than a virus would have caused. I also seemed to have noticed many more virus related problems with antivirus software than without. I know that sounds strange but it is true. Those are the reasons I despise antivirus and similar software. It felt like with Norton antivirus, I could not use my computer and it was more annoying than any viruses. It was horrible. I don’t buy a computer to deliberately slow it down. I am also one of those ones who doesn’t like bloatware.

    • NahNood

      Too bad it’s not bloatware anymore, though.

  • croaltic

    You’re a fucking idiot who wastes his time in order to know an artificial system but at the same time you’re so fucking lame with people that it’s getting more and more pathetic with each video you post here. People usually have lives even if you don’t and they don’t want to spend hours jerking off in front of a screen just to learn how to do stuff a fucking company should have done for them. Get if amigo? So if you’re fucking loser working in IT just learn that it is not the job of buyers to improve the product they have bought. It is YOURS fucking work.

    • Seth Scholz

      The salt is real.
      It doesn’t take hours, lmao. It takes hours if you don’t have the brain capacity to look shit up in a matter of seconds. The reality is you made the mistake of not getting the full edition. And you’re booty-flustered because that company didn’t support group editing for your shitty little Home edition of Windows 10

  • FlamingoJet

    There’s no excuse. You have Google.

    • FlamingoJet

      GOOGLE.

      • ??? ??

        How would one be supposed to know to google this (if one doesn’t know that this is an actual problem)?

        Jeez.

        • FlamingoJet

          Windows 10 Home Vs Pro version differences.

          Not that hard.

          You always google and research everything before you buy it.

          If you don’t know something, you research it.

          Even a complete knob knows that there are different versions of Windows, been that way since at least Windows XP.

      • mediumsizedrob

        Google brought us here genius. How do you think we found this site?

  • bobsobol

    I would suggest that if you’re *NOT* a computer geek, there is *no way* you should be permenently disabling Windows Defender.

    However, I would also suggest that if you *are* a computer geek, you should know that gpedit.msc is only a pretty GUI and collection of predifined settings with well documented names which relates to settings in your System Registry, and there will be an equivalent registry modification for this GPEdit setting. You would also know that the YouTube video above is describing a means of _stealing_ software, as you have not purchased those features with your version of Windows.

    Finally, at “People are so damn stupid, own a computer and have no idea how to use it”. People have no idea how to use a computer with Windows installed because it’s closed source (meaning we can’t just read the code to find out how it works) and Microsoft (who are the only people allowed to read that source code) don’t provide documentation on how to use many of the features in it. So your statement amounts to “People are stupid, because they own a computer, and then run Windows on it.” Which I can, at least, partially agree with. (see almost anything by Richard Stallman)

    If you claim to *know* how Windows works, then either you worked on that code inside Microsoft, or you can point to the Microsoft documentation (which is often proven incorrect, by the way) or you really *don’t* know at all, you’ve just tinkered until you can make a reasonably good assumption of how it works, or asked a question and been told by someone else who tinkered.

    Sadly, many people need a computer only because (for some draconian reason or other) society requires them (us all) to use, or know how to use Microsoft Windows. So I have sympathy for “stupid people”.

  • Randy H.

    Got another method because this doesn’t work? I “disabled” it days ago, but just got a Windows Defender popup saying it found a file and asking if I want to send a report. Went back to see if it had gotten enable for some reason and it still says it is disabled.

  • Erik Larsen

    i just dont want this piece of crap scanner on my computer and spamming me in the notifications all the damn time

  • Wezinator35

    GPEDIT DOESNT EXIST ON WINDOWS 10