Windows Defender service protects your computer from viruses, worms, and harmful system file changes. It comes pre-installed with recent Windows versions. However, if you are confident with your computer’s security or you have another virus protection, you can disable this service to free up some extra system resources. Simply, follow the steps below to disable Windows Defender using Local Group Policy.
Disabling Windows Defender Using Local Group Policy
R keys together to open “Run” window.
gpedit.msc command to run Local Group Policy Editor.
- Browse and expand
Computer Configuration >
Administrative Templates >
Windows Components >
- Double-click Turn Off Windows Defender setting on the right-hand panel.
Enabled option, click
OK to close window.
- Windows Defender will be disabled on your next restart.
Please note; Your user account must have administrative privileges to disable Windows Defender. Otherwise you may not be able to use Administrative Templates on Group Policy editor.
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