Updates Microsoft makes it difficult to disable Windows Defender on Windows 10

Did you ever disable Defender?

  • No

    Votes: 21 35.6%
  • Yes

    Votes: 38 64.4%

  • Total voters
    59

SpiderWeb

Level 5
Aug 21, 2020
205
I don't remember how I did it but I disabled WD in Group Policy years ago. What's interesting is when I recently tried to undo the Group Policy changes I couldn't get Windows Defender to restart. It has been disabled for so many generations that I just couldn't get it to run anymore, at least not in this account. I created a new account and Windows Defender was running in that one but I wasn't ready to sacrifice the tweaks and files in the older account so it's staying quite literally disabled.
 

shmu26

Level 85
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Jul 3, 2015
8,089
I don't remember how I did it but I disabled WD in Group Policy years ago. What's interesting is when I recently tried to undo the Group Policy changes I couldn't get Windows Defender to restart. It has been disabled for so many generations that I just couldn't get it to run anymore, at least not in this account. I created a new account and Windows Defender was running in that one but I wasn't ready to sacrifice the tweaks and files in the older account so it's staying quite literally disabled.
When WD is running, it is running system-wide. Probably, it is just the icon that is not showing. Open task manager and check the startup tab, maybe the icon is disabled.
 

Telos

Level 21
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Jan 29, 2017
1,054
Disable Windows Defender? So you can use an over-priced, ineffective substitute?

I get it that WD isn't so nerd worthy with countless tweaks and graphs to play with, however, its OS integration makes it a formidable barrier. I've never had an issue w/WD and I've removed all the "fun" substitutes and augmentations offered elsewhere. Do what you like.
 

amirr

Level 15
Jan 26, 2020
725
I don't remember how I did it but I disabled WD in Group Policy years ago. What's interesting is when I recently tried to undo the Group Policy changes I couldn't get Windows Defender to restart. It has been disabled for so many generations that I just couldn't get it to run anymore, at least not in this account. I created a new account and Windows Defender was running in that one but I wasn't ready to sacrifice the tweaks and files in the older account so it's staying quite literally disabled.
with Group Policy:
 

amirr

Level 15
Jan 26, 2020
725
The problem is just, that when you have disabled the settings, when the computer reboot, it's back to it's default settings.
When I used Tuitio antimalware (Appguard) it really was a PITA.
Because you are not fully disabling it. Try this:
 
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blacksheep

Level 4
Mar 8, 2020
176
It drives me nuts, because sometimes then I game I want to disable it, but it's coming back right after the reboot or after several hours :mad:
 

Gangelo

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Jul 29, 2017
197
Don't get me wrong, but if you need to disable defender in order to have a smooth gaming experience, perhaps you should consider upgrading your hardware.
Defender is light as it is and it never gave me trouble while gaming. And my gaming rig is not exactly a powerhouse..
 

amirr

Level 15
Jan 26, 2020
725
Yes, but when you have your main security suites like Kaspersky Internet Security or ESET, you must disable WD.
 

Nightwalker

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May 26, 2014
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A friend said to me before:
If you use Windows 10 Pro, the better way is to use Group Policies : Permanently disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 10

Otherwise, you can use the Registry indeed.

It’s better to disable it, some parts may remain active (for instance, it will continue to update itself) even though KIS is active otherwise.

No it isnt, dont mess up with Microsoft Defender, if another third party solution is update and running it will remain inactive without any conflict whatsoever.
 
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