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Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 permanently

How to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 permanently? Sometimes you want to disable Windows Defender for testing purposes. If you have an Antivirus application running, Windows Defender will be automatically disabled. That’s because your Antivirus software will take over the security from now on. This article will teach you how to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 temporarily and permanently.

Windows Defender unable to stop service

Start Task Manager on Windows 10. Find the Windows Defender service that is running. Search for the task name Antimalware Service Executable and the service Windows Defender Antivirus Service.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 task manager active

Right-click the Windows Defender Antivirus Service and click Stop.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 task manager stop service

An error will show up that the operation could not be completed. Access is denied. It’s unable to stop the service.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 stop service error access denied

Start the application Services and right-click on Windows Defender Antivirus Service. You can see that the following options are greyed out:

  • Start
  • Stop
  • Pause
  • Resume
  • Restart

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 services

Check status Windows Defender in Windows Security

Open the Windows Start menu. Type Windows Security.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 Windows Security

Click on Virus & threat protection.

Windows Defender is enabled.

If you installed another security product, you would see the following screen.

Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 temporarily

In Windows Security, click on Virus & threat protection.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 Windows Security active

Click on Manage Settings.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 manage settings

Click the toggle button under Real-time protection to turn off Windows Defender Antivirus.

Doing that, you can see that:

  • The service is still running in the background
  • A reboot will automatically enable Windows Defender

How can you disable Windows Defender service completely and keep it disabled after a reboot? Find out in the next step.

How to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 permanently

As shown in the previous step, make sure that Real-time protection is Off.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 real-time protection off

Autoruns for Windows

Download Autoruns for Windows. Extract the zip file and start the executable Autoruns64.exe. If you are running Windows 10 32-bit, start Autoruns.exe.

Go to the tab Services. There will be not many services shown. That’s because Windows services are not showing by default.

Enable Windows Services in Autoruns

Click in the menu bar on Options. Uncheck Hide Windows Entries. This will show the Windows services in the list view.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 Autoruns hide windows entries

Search for WinDefend and uncheck the checkbox. Unchecking will prevent the Windows Defender automatic startup after every reboot.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 Autoruns uncheck windows defender service

Restart your Windows 10 system.

Verify that Windows Defender is kept turned off after Windows 10 restart

After a restart, start Task Manager. There is no more Windows Defender service running.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 not active

Start Windows Security and have a look at Virus & threat protection. You will see that there is a spinning icon, or the status is showing as unknown. That’s because it’s fetching the information.

Give it a couple of minutes. After that, you will see that Virus & threat protection is disabled.

Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 Windows Security stopped

Revert the changes

If you like to revert the changes, click on the Restart Now button in Windows Security.

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Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10 permanently. Make sure to follow the exact steps, as shown in the article. After doing that, Windows Defender will be kept turned off.

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ALI TAJRAN

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  1. It did work after I restarted my PC but then I shut my PC down and later when I opened again it was still showing on task manager.

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