How To Disable Windows Defender In Four Easy Steps

Ahh so you want to Disable Windows Defender to install a crack for a software or game huh. Just kidding friends.

For whatever your reasons are, disabling Windows Defender (currently known as Windows Security) could allow you to do a bunch of things that might help you (or entertain you) which is why I’d like to show you how to disable it but please just make sure your computer will be safe and no malware will infect it. I’d be really sad if you all catch a PC cold. Anyway, the steps, oh the steps!

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Steps On How To Disable Windows Defender

  1. Open Windows Defender from the Taskbar (if you can’t find it click the up arrow and you should see it there).
First step on how to Disable Windows Defender with the Defender highlighted on the Desktop.

If you can’t open it head over to Settings, Updates & Security, Windows Security and open it from there:

Updates and Security highlighted in red in Windows 10 Settings.
'Windows Security', 'Open Windows Security' and 'Virus & Protection Settings' highlighted.
  1. Once it’s open click on Virus & Threat Protection.
'Virus and threat protection' highlighted in Windows Defender.
  1. There you’ll need to look for the ‘Virus & Threat Protection Settings‘ title and underneath would be highlighted text saying ‘Manage Settings‘, click that.
Virus and threat protection settings with 'manage settings' underneath highlighted in Windows Defender.
  1. You’ll see ‘Real Time Protection‘ which you’ll need to disable and then accept the ‘User Account Control‘ that pops up.
Real-time protection setting highlighted in Windows Defender.

And finally, you’ve Disabled Windows Defender.

There’s more settings there such as ‘Cloud-Delivered Protection‘ and more but for what I think you’re doing I don’t think you’d need to disable them.

Just don’t forget to re-enable the Defender but I’m sure Windows will give you a little reminder every now and then so that you won’t forget.

If you’re just looking how to Add An Exclusion to the Windows Defender, don’t worry we got that at ComputeeZA too, so hop on over to that post: How to Exclude Files From Windows Defender.

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