Windows Defender is a default antivirus program in Windows 10. It provides basic security, enabling users against viruses and other threats, use Defender to protect the Windows operating system as well as data. But sometimes, to run a program or script, you may need to may need to disable Defender temporarily.

Please note that disabling real-time protection will not disable Windows Defender permanently. If Windows 10 recognize that real-time protection has been turned off for a time, it will turn on Windows Defender automatically to protect real-time. And you should not turn this off for too long if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. If you are using another antivirus software which is powerful enough, you can disable Windows Defender permanently!

disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
 Windows Defender is a default antivirus program in Windows 10


So keep reading, we will guide you how to disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Disable, activate Windows Defender from Settings.


Firstly, open the Settings window by clicking Settings in the Start Menu or press Windows + I to go to the Settings window directly.

disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Firstly, open the Settings window.

On the Settings window > click “Update and security (Windows Update, recovery, backup)”

disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Click “Update and security (Windows Update, recovery, backup)”

Click on “Windows Defender”
In the left column you will see “Real – time protection “ is in ON mode. 

disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
“Real – time protection “ is in ON mode. 

You just have to switch to the OFF mode to disable this function.

disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Switch to the OFF mode 
After doing this, you will see a box warning that the “Real – time protection” has been turned off.

disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10
You will see a notification.

If you want to reactivate you just have to follow the steps above, and turn “Real – time protection “ to the ON mode
We have just explained how to disable, enable Windows Defender on Windows 10.
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