1. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       09 Feb 2016 #1

    Can Windows Defender be turned on in Windows 10 Home?


    Since Home doesn't have Group Policy (the standard way to turn on Windows Defender),
    I tried the registry hack offered by Windows 10 Forums.

    It didn't turn on Windows Defender either.

    Can Windows Defender be turned on in Windows 10 Home?
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  2. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 4,766
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       09 Feb 2016 #2

    If you have one of the following AV programs installed, Windows defender will be turned off automatically. Can't turn it on if one of those is installed.
    Avast
    AVG
    Norton
    McAfee.

    P.S. I am out of date on this subject. It is possible one of the above programs will co-exist with Windows Defender now.
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  3. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 4,766
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       09 Feb 2016 #3

    Were you using this tutorial ?

    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Option Two.
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  4. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       09 Feb 2016 #4

    davidhk said: View Post
    If you have one of the following AV programs installed, Windows defender will be turned off automatically. Can't turn it on if one of those is installed.
    Avast
    AVG
    Norton
    McAfee.
    Thanks. I do have AVG installed.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 4,766
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       09 Feb 2016 #5

    AVG will shut down Windows Defender because AVG has its own defender. Having 2 defenders running in the same machine will/might create conflicts and thus reduce degree of protection, not to mention redundancy.

    Adding..................
    If no further question on this subject, please mark this thread as Solved.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by davidhk; 09 Feb 2016 at 11:17.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2014
    Canon City, Colorado
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Build 1607
       10 Feb 2016 #6

    This is one of the nice features of Defender, when defender sees another AV it disables itself so you as the user don't suffer from conflict. The only think I recommend here is that if you are going to use another AV over defender make sure it is a paid AV.
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