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How To Disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 10

I have received many emails to create a guide about How To Disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 10 because I think many of you cannot do that in windows 10. Before starting with this guide, I want to let you know that it’s never a good idea to disable Windows Defender until there is a solid reason.

You need to be aware that if you disable Windows Defender, especially if it is the only antivirus on your computer, you are putting your computer safety at significant risk. Hackers could steal your personal information, and in the worst-case, hackers could control your computer or encrypt your data for money.

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Anyway, let’s start now, and in few steps, I will show you How To Disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 10.

Step 1: Open Windows Defender Settings

Double click on the Windows Defender taskbar icon and click on Virus & threat protection, as shown in the image below.

Virus & Thread Protection

Step 2: Disable All the Protection Settings

Now click on the manage settings and Turn Off all the Windows Defender security settings, as shown below.

Manage Defender Settings
Turn Off Virus Protection

Step 3: Open the Task Scheduler

Open your search bar and search for Task Scheduler and click on it to open the Task Scheduler.

Open Scheduler Task

Step 4: Disable the Windows Defender tasks in Task Scheduler

Navigate to the path Task Scheduler Library->Microsoft->Windows->Windows Defender” and disable all the Schedule tasks as shown below.

Step 5: Open the Group Policy Editor using Run Window

Open Group Policy

Step 6: Navigate to the Windows Defender Policy in Group Policy Editor

Once is Group Policy Editor is open, navigate to the following path “Local Computer Policy->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Microsoft Defender Antivirus” and double click on the Turn Off Windows Defender Antivirus policy.

Select Windows Defender Group Policy Settings

Step 7: Enable the Turn Off Windows Defender Antivirus policy

Click on the Enable radio button to enable the Group Policy and disable the Windows Defender Antivirus, and press OK.

Enable Windows Defender Group Policy Settings

Step 8: Close everything and Restart Computer

Close every open window and restart your computer to complete the Guide to Disable Windows Defender Permanently in Windows 10.

If you have any question feel free to contact me at MCSAGURU.

Muhammad Faizan

Hi, My name is Muhammad Faizan and i have spent last 15 years working as System Administrator mainly with Microsoft Technologies. I am MCSE, MCTP, MCITP, certified professional. I love scripting and Powershell is the scripting language i am in love with.

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