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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.
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.
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.
Step 3: Open the Task Scheduler
Open your search bar and search for Task Scheduler and click on it to open the Task Scheduler.
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
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.
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.