How to disable Windows Defender

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Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here. I don't want to use Windows Defender as my antivirus in Windows 10. I have another antivirus subscription already. How can I go ahead and disable it completely? I just don't see the need for it right now.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Open Run then type as gpedit.msc & press Enter key. On next window, under a menu, where group policy editor options are listed. Now click Administrative Templates tab, located under Computer Configuration. Click Windows Components & locate the "Turn off Windows Defender" option. Just double click & then Apply the changes. Close the all windows.
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  • bhannah
    When you install your Antivirus Subscription (new), It normally will turn off Windows Defender. But it can also be turned off via app too. You can type in Windows Defender in the Search Box, and will bring up the Window Defender App Settings. Go to the Windows Defender Settings and you can turn it off that way too.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I would think long and hard about disabling Windows Defender. I use a solid anti-malware product but Defender has warned me against some things over the past couple of years that would have gone undetected otherwise.
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  • ToddN2000
    I agree with Kevin. Run both. I keep it running and it causes no issues for me. Remember not to put all your eggs in one basket. I have yet to find one anti virus that can catch everything. If there was it would eliminate the need for others.
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  • bhannah
    I will make an addendum to my previous comment about Windows Defender. I will agree with some of others that nothing finds everything and a multiple layered defense is something that is very important. I tried to use Windows Defender and it burned me, both with it's missing things, and it's patches trashed a hard drive. I have had to contend with finding and removing things that it missed on other people's machines too. It is not a product that I would recommend. I have two other products that I use in conjunction with my primary AV / Antimalware product, and I am sure that there are others.
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  • ToddN2000
    I agree it's not my choice of first line of defense. I have not had any issues with it causing me system issues.. Granted if it happens I will spew hatred about it. Fortunately I keep backups. The thing that caused me more issues was running ZoneAlarm. It was great a few years back but now? Too many issues and killed performance a lot of times. The same goes for the AVG antivirus I used to use as well.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Agree with Mr. Kevin. Yes, it is hard to disable, but some registry tweek may help to do the job, however it is not recommended to modify registry without taking backup.
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