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Uninstall Windows Defender on Windows Server

Why do we want to uninstall Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016/2019? We are installing another security product on the systems. In Windows Server, Microsoft Defender Antivirus does not automatically disable itself if you run another antivirus product. It’s not best practice to have multiple security products running on a system. That’s why we need to delete Windows Defender. In this article, you will learn how to remove Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016/2019.

Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016/2019

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is available on Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. In some instances, Microsoft Defender Antivirus is referred to as Endpoint Protection; however, the protection engine is the same.

While the functionality, configuration, and management are mostly the same for Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 10, there are a few key differences on Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019:

  • In Windows Server, automatic exclusions are applied based on your defined Server Role.
  • In Windows Server, Microsoft Defender Antivirus does not automatically disable itself if you run aother antivirus product.

Check Windows Defender is running on Windows Server

Start Task Manager and go to the tab Services. Find the name WinDefend and check the status. The Windows Defender Service is at the moment running.

Uninstall Windows Defender on Windows Server task manager services

Check Windows Defender is running on Windows Server with PowerShell

If you want to check the Windows Defender status with PowerShell, use the Get-Service cmdlet.

We can see that Windows Defender is running on Windows Server. In the next step, we will remove Windows Defender on Windows Server.

Uninstall Windows Defender on Windows Server

Run PowerShell as administrator. Make use of the Uninstall-WindowsFeature cmdlet.

A restart is required after uninstalling Windows Defender.
Restart the system and verify that Windows Defender is NOT running.

Verify Windows Defender is uninstalled on Windows Server

Run the cmdlet, and this time there will be no output shown. That’s because the Windows Defender service is not running on Windows Server.

Did this help you to remove Windows Defender on Windows Server?

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Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to uninstall Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016/2019. Do NOT uninstall Windows Defender if you don’t have another security product installed on the system. It’s essential to have a security product running on the system. If it’s a lab environment and you are testing, you can delete Windows Defender.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

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