Windows 10 comes with the Windows Defender Antivirus antimalware feature to protect your computer and data from unwanted viruses, spyware, ransomware, and many other types of malware and hackers.
Although the built-in antimalware solution is enough for most users, there are some special situations where you may not want to use the security feature. For instance, when setting up a device that won’t connect to the network; if you must perform a task, which may be getting blocked by the feature; or when you have to comply with your organization security policies.
The only problem is that you won’t find an option to uninstall or disable Windows Defender Antivirus permanently, as a result of the feature being deeply integrated into Windows 10. However, you can disable the antivirus with a few workarounds using Group Policy and Registry, or temporarily using the Windows Security experience.
How to Disable Windows Defender Permanently
- Open Start.
- Search for “Windows Defender Security Center” and click the top result to open the experience.
- Click on “Virus & threat protection”.
- Click the “Virus and Threat Protection” set option.
- Now turn off the Real-time Protection toggle switch That’s all Windows Defender is turned off temporarily.
Once you complete these steps, the antivirus will disable the real-time protection allowing you to install apps, or perform a specific task, that you couldn’t before because the security feature was blocking the action.
If you want to enable the real-time protection again, restart your computer, or use the same instructions, but on step No. 5, make sure to turn on the settings.
While this isn’t a permanent solution, it’s the best option to disable the Windows 10 antivirus to perform specific tasks.