All the ways to disable antivirus in Windows 10

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One of the novelties with which Windows 10 arrived is that it has an antivirus integrated by default. A security tool that, for many, is already one of the best to protect users of the Microsoft operating system from all kinds of threats and is also free. Also, the use of Windows 10 antivirus does not prevent the use of other antivirus or third-party security tools, since we can have both running without any problem. Now, some users may prefer only to have their trust tool; in that case, we are going to show how to disable windows ten antivirus.

Those of Redmond baptized the security tool of Windows 10 as Windows Defender, however, for the vast majority, it is the system antivirus. Therefore, to access its settings and options, all we have to do is type Windows Security in the search box on the taskbar and click on the result that is displayed.

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If we prefer, we can also open the Windows 10 antivirus interface from the system configuration page through the Update and security> Windows Security> Open Windows Security option.

Steps to follow to disable Windows 10 antivirus

Once we have opened the Windows Defender interface, these are the steps to follow to disable the antivirus:

  • We select the option Antivirus and threat protection.
  • Within Setting antivirus and threat protection, we click Manage settings.
  • We look for the option Protection in real-time and slide the switch to the position disabled.
  • We can also disable cloud-based protection, tamper protection, and automatic sample submission from right there with their respective switches.

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However, despite having the Windows 10 antivirus deactivated, it may re-activate after a while if the system detects that it has been disabled for a while or after a system update. Therefore, we must be vigilant in these cases, since if it is activated again, we will have to deactivate it again or proceed to its total deactivation manually.


How to altogether disable antivirus in Windows 10

Completely disabling Windows 10 antivirus involves going to the system registry and disabling the use of Windows Defender. Therefore, first of all, since we are going to make a change in the Windows registry, it will be best to make a backup of the record itself or create a restore point in case we have any problem being able to leave it as it was before anything else. For this, these are the steps to follow:

  • We open a Run window, Win + R.
  • We wrote Regedit and press Enter or OK.
  • We navigate to the route HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows Defender.
  • We create a new 32-bit DWORD value with the name DisableAntiSpyware.
  • We assign the value 1 DisableAntiSpyware.
  • We restart the computer for the changes to be effective.

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From then on, Windows 10 antivirus will be completely disabled, so if we ever want to enable it again, all we have to do is repeat the steps to disable it but assign the value 0 to DisableAntiSpyware or directly delete the registry value.

Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Pro

If we have another edition of the system such as Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, it is possible to deactivate the Windows 10 antivirus through local group policies. Therefore, these are the steps to follow:

  • We open a Run window, Win + R.
  • We write gpedit.msc and press Enter or OK.
  • In the policy editor window, we navigate to the option Equipment Configuration> Administrative Templates > Windows components > Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • In the right part, we double click on the option Disable Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • In the window that opens, check the box Enabled.
  • Click on Apply and Accept.
  • We restart the computer.

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If at any time we want to activate Windows 10 antivirus again, all we have to do is follow the same steps and select the option Not configured.