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Disable Windows Defender

When you want to use any third-party software to perform the same function performed by the Windows Defender program, you have to disable Windows Defender. Perform the instructions provided below to disable the Windows Defender software on a Windows 10 and Windows 7 computer.  

How To Disable Windows Defender Windows 10

  • On your Windows 10 computer, type defender in the search field.
  • Select the Windows Defender option from the displayed result.
  • When the main window of the Windows Defender program opens, select the Settings icon at the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Click settings Update & Security Windows Defender and turn off the Real-time Protection feature.

To exclude a file/folder from being scanned by the Windows Defender software.

  • In the Settings window, select Settings Update & security Windows Defender Exclude a file Exclude a folder .
  • Make sure to select a drive letter of your driver.

Disable Windows Defender Windows 7

Perform the following guidelines to disable Windows Defender temporarily.

  • First, launch the Windows Start menu.
  • Type Windows Security in the search field and hit the Enter key.   
  • Next, click the Virus & Threat protection from the left action bar.
  • Now, scroll down to Virus & Threat protection settings and then click the Manage settings option.
  • Under the Real-time protection tab, click the Toggle button to turn off the Windows Defender Antivirus momentarily.        
  • Next, apply the changes by clicking Yes on the confirmation screen.

How To Temporarily Disable Windows Defender

Perform the following guidelines to disable Windows Defender temporarily.

  • First, launch the Windows Start menu.
  • Type Windows Security in the search field and hit the Enter key.   
  • Next, click the Virus & Threat protection from the left action bar.
  • Now, scroll down to Virus & Threat protection settings and then click the Manage settings option.
  • Under the Real-time protection tab, click the Toggle button to turn off the Windows Defender Antivirus momentarily.        
  • Next, apply the changes by clicking Yes on the confirmation screen.

Permanently Disable Windows Defender

Proceed with the following steps to disable the Windows Defender permanently.

  • First, open the Run command. Type gpedit.msc and then press Enter.
  • A new screen with a list of group policy editor options will appear.
  • Now, under the Computer Configuration, select the Administrative Templates tab.
  • Next, click Windows Components and then click Windows Defender.
  • Double-click the Turn off Windows Defender option.
  • Save the changes and exit the GPE menu.

Windows Defender Smartscreen Disable

The steps below can help you to disable the Windows Defender SmartScreen. 

  • First, go to the app folder. Next, right-click the app that is blocked by the SmartScreen.
  • Choose the Properties option. Now, click the General tab.
  • Mark the Unlock option under the Security dialog box and click the Apply option.
  • After clicking the OK button, run the application.
  • Disable the SmartScreen with Windows Security.
  • From the Start menu, look for the Windows Security application and launch it.
  • Now, on the left panel, go to App and Browser Control tab.
  • Now, select the radio option (Off) to disable the SmartScreen completely.
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