Disable or enable Windows Defender in Windows 10

The Windows Defender is the default Windows 10 antivirus application. Previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and Vista, also had it but were less effective since it was only for scanning adware and spyware. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, Defender relies on the Microsoft Security Essentials application and offers better protection as long as it can scan any malware.


Windows DefenderHowever, despite Microsoft's claims that it offers full protection, studies have shown that third-party antivirus applications still offer better protection. If you prefer to use a different anti-virus, you should disable Windows Defender. Below we describe how to disable it.

Windows Defender can be disabled through its settings. To gain access, you must open the Window Defender user interface. To open it quickly, press Win + R on the keyboard and type the following command:

% ProgramFiles% \ Windows Defender \ MSASCui.exe

Click OK and go to the Settings tab. In the left pane, you will see "Administrator." Click on it.

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Now in the right pane you will see the “Turn on this app” checkbox. Remove the tick to disable Windowws Defender.

Click the "Save Changes" button to confirm your changes.12dd0997 7240 45fd a908 353be914fa4f

To re-enable the application, you can use the Action Center from the classic Control Panel.

Open the Control Panel and go to Control Panel \ System and Security \ Action Center. In the right pane, you will see the message saying Window Defender is disabled.
Click the "Enable Now" button to re-enable Windowws Defender.

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