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Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide]

You can turn off or disable Windows 10 antivirus in just a few clicks. There are 2 popular ways to do this, depending upon your exact requirements.

  1. Turn off antivirus protection in Windows Security settings (Temporary)
  2. Disable Windows 10 antivirus using Group Policy Editor (Permanent)

Turn off antivirus protection in Windows Security

This is temporary yet the best solution when you find Windows 10 antivirus interfering or preventing you install some specific software (such as Windows activation).

You just need to turn off the protection, perform the app or software installation and then turn the protection on again.

Here is how to temporarily turn off Windows 10 antivirus protection:

  1. Click here to open Windows Security or click on Start and search Windows Security and open it.
  2. Click on Virus & threat protection.Windows security virus and threats protection options Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 5
  3. Under the “Virus & threat protection settings” section, click the Manage settings option.
  4. Turn off the following options:Turn off Windows 10 antivirus real time protection Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 7
    • Real-Time protection (Disabling this option is enough to turn off protection)

Now you can perform the installation or whatever operation you desired and then enable the protection on, or alternatively restart the computer.

Disable Windows 10 antivirus using Group Policy Editor

 This method requires a Pro, Enterprise or Education edition of Windows 10 because Group Policy Editor feature is not available in Windows 10 Home edition.

  1. Search gpedit.msc in Windows search and open it.Open GPEdit.msc Group Policy Editor Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 9
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus
    GPEdit Computer Configuration Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 11GPEdit Administrative Template Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 13GPEdit Windows Components Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 15GPEdit Windows Defender Antivirus policy 1 Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 17
  3. Double click on Turn off Microsoft Defender AntivirusGPEdit Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus Policy Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 19
  4. Select Enabled to turn protection off.Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus from Group Policy Editor Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 21
  5. Press OK
  6. Restart the computer.
    Restart Windows 10 Turn off Windows 10 Antivirus Protection [Ultimate Guide] 23

Disable Windows 10 antivirus using Registry Editor

This method works with all editions of Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education).

  1. Search for regedit and open it.
  2. Navigate to the following path
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
  3. Right click in right pane and choose New DWORD (32-bit) Value
  4. Name this key as DisableAntiSpyware
  5. Double click this DWORD key and change it value from to 1.
  6. Press OK
  7. Restart the computer.

Now you have successfully disabled the antivirus protection in Windows 10.

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