4 Ways to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 11/10 - TechHarry

How to turn off Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 11 PC

Windows Defender is the most important part of the Windows 11/10 PC. It secures the system from malware, viruses, trojans, etc. If you don't have any anti-virus on your PC then you should never turn off Windows Defender.

What is Windows Defender? Windows Defender is virus protection developed for Windows operating system. Unlike any other anti-viruses like McAfee, Windows Defender is free and regularly updated.

Can you remove/delete Windows Defender? No, you can't. Windows Defender is an in-built Windows Antivirus that can't be deleted. But we can definitely disable it from scanning the system and automatically removing the virus suspected files and folders.

You might have seen the "Turn Off Your Antivirus" prompt message while installing a new game or software. They say you should never disable Windows Defender but without disabling it you won't be able to install games on your PC.

That's why we are here in case you change your mind and want to disable the Windows Defender. Check out the following steps to disable the Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows 11 PC.

How to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 11?

For disabling the Windows Defender, you first need to understand that it can increase the chance of the attack of viruses on your system. Viruses can damage your files and slow down your system. So, if you still want to disable Windows Defender in your Windows 11, follow the below easy steps.

1. Go to the Search Bar and type Windows Security. Select Windows Security app.

2. Click on Virus & Threat > Manage Settings.

Manage Virus and Threat Protection settings in Windows 11

3. Toggle the switch under the section Real-time protection to turn off the Defender.

Toggle off the Real-time protection

4. It will ask for confirmation. Click on Yes and the Microsoft Defender will be disabled on your Windows 11 PC.

How to Disable Windows Defender Antivirus Through Group Policy?

Disabling Windows Defender antivirus through Group Policy is for those who want to permanently disable the Windows Defender. For this purpose, you first need to disable the Tamper Protection.

Tamper Protection is a feature in Windows 11/10 that takes care of Windows Security from unwanted changes from outside the app. If you don't disable it, Windows will again revert back to default settings after the first restart. So, let's first disable the Tamper Protection from Windows 11/10 PC.

Disable Tamper Protection from Windows 11/10 PC

1. Tap on the search bar, search for Windows Security and choose the app.

2. Click on Virus & threat protection.

3. Click on Manage Settings under the Virus & threat protection settings section.

4. Now, toggle off the Tamper Protection switch there.

Disable Tamper Protection settings in Windows 11/10 computer

After following the above steps, you can freely disable the Windows Defender using Group Policy

Steps for Disable Windows Defender using Group Policy

1. Open Start.

2. Search for gpedit.msc and click the Local Group Policy Editor.

3. Now visit the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Defender Antivirus

4. Now double-click on the Turn off Microsoft Defender Antivirus policy.

5. Choose the Enabled option on the left panel to permanently disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus protection.

Enable the "Turn off Microsoft Defender Antivirus" option

6. Click on the Apply button.

7. Click on the OK button.

8. Now finally, restart your computer.

This is how you can disable the Windows Defender Antivirus using Group Policy.

When you complete all the steps, the Windows Defender Antivirus will disable permanently, but the "shield" icon will remain in the Taskbar because the icon is part of the Windows Security app, not from the antivirus program.