Windows Defender is a known security app of Microsoft corp. that makes you able to protect your windows computer/laptop from virus, malware, malicious software spyware, and other potentially unwanted program. Sometime it gets disabled automatically when you install any third party antivirus applications. In this case you can only turn on Windows Defender again after removing/uninstalling third party tool.
In Windows 10 you can temporarily turn off Windows Defender real-time protection because Windows will automatically turn on real-time protection back on if it’s off at the same time as.
Below given guide will help you to turn on or off Windows Defender in Windows 10.
Note: It is necessary to sign in as an administrator in to your Windows 10 PC/laptop.
Turn on or off Windows Defender using Group Policy
Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions systems are packed with Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 1: First you have to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 2: Navigate to the below given path from the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor.
Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender
Step 3: After it double click/tap on the Turn off Windows Defender policy to edit it.
- To turn on: Choose Not Configuredor Disabled, click/tap on OK, and close the policy editor window.NOTE: By default “Not Configured” is set.
- To turn off: ChooseEnabled, click/tap on OK, and close the registry window.
According to computer professionals it is recommended to avoid turning off the Windows defender app. Because this is the tools that provide complete protection from any unwanted and unsecure data. Only turn it off when you have any registered third party antivirus with license key. And also make sure that the antivirus you are going to install is providing real time protection or not. If not then don’t install it because windows defender is packed with real time protection.
It is also suggested to create a restore point in your Windows 10 before doing any changes. This will help you to avoid any types of PC error that appear after doing changes. In case your system start showing registry error after executing changes in registry editor then you can use it to avoid error.