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Windows: How to Disable or Enable Windows Defender in Windows 10 (All versions)


There are a few methods, but home users have fewer options due to the lack of a policy editor.

  1. Start “regedit” from the search or run line
  2. Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
  3. Create a new 32bit Dword called DisableAntiSpyware
  4. Press Enter
  5. Modify the DWORD’s value data field to be a hex value of 1
  6. Click OK

If you check your Windows Defender Settings in Settings, Update & Secruity, Windows Defender, you will now she it off and greyed out

By: Britec09