In this article, we will examine the steps to disable the Windows Defender antivirus service with built-in application feature in Microsoft Windows operating systems.
How to Disable Windows 10 Defender
Some Win10 users complain that Windows Defender consumes too much RAM. That’s why they want to shut it down.
Windows Defender runs as a service in the background of the operating system. If this service enabled on your computer, it intervenes when you try to install a malicious program.
If you do not want Windows Defender to perform automatic actions, you can change these settings. Or, if you have purchased a quality Antivirus program, we recommend that you turn off this service, which consumes more RAM on your computer.
If you do not have an Antivirus program installed on your computer, it may be useful to activate Windows Defender.
There are 2 ways to disable Windows Defender on your computer. However, because it runs automatically on the background of your computer, sometimes you cannot turn it off. To solve this problem completely, follow the steps below.
How to Turn Off Windows Defender Step by Step
To completely delete or disable Windows 10 Defender on your computer, follow these steps in order.
When you look at the Windows Defender service from the task manager, you can see that it uses a lot of RAM.
You need to go the settings to disable Windows Defender service. Click the right button/settings on the taskbar.
In the window opened, click Home.
In Windows Settings, continue by selecting the Update and Security option.
After clicking on Defender, there will be a few settings on the right. In that screen, turn all the settings off.
Scroll down the window slightly and close the rest of the services.
When you click Win Defender on the taskbar, you can see that it is disabled.
By holding down the Windows Key + R, open Run and open the services by typing services.msc.
Scroll down the Services window and locate the Defender service, and double-click it. If you cannot perform any operation in the window that opens, go to the next step.
How to Disable Defender using Regedit
If you still cannot disable Windows Defender, you must configure the Regedit settings for your system. By default, the Regedit setting for Defender is as follows;