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  1. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       04 May 2015 #1

    Permanently Disable Windows Defender?


    I'm on build 10074 of Windows 10 and cannot find a way to permanently disable Windows Defender. When I go to Control Panel > Windows Defender > Settings, it brings up the new Windows 10 System Settings app which gives an option to turn "Real-time protection" off. However, the description on that states:
    Real-tim protection helps find and stop malware form installing or running on your PC. You can turn it off temporarily, but if it's off for a while, we'll turn it back on automatically.
    After about 15 minutes, it turns itself back on. How can I disable this permanently?

    Thanks
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,473
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       04 May 2015 #2

    Hello LostLogic, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 10 May 2015 at 16:18. Reason: updated link
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  3. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       04 May 2015 #3

    Unfortunately, I've already tried that and it doesn't allow me to stop or disable the service.

    I get an, "Operation Could Not Be Completed, Access is denied." error.
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  4. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       04 May 2015 #4

    Once you installed a 3rd party AV, that almost always disable WD for good with no way to re-enable it other than doing a clean install.
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  5. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       04 May 2015 #5

    Interesting, but I don't have another AV I wish to install - I'd just like to disable it.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,956
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       05 May 2015 #6

    Since this is a TP. The option to turn off/disable Windows Defender is grayed out. However, you can turn off by:

    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    1. Open Admin Command Prompt and type: gpedit.msc
    2. Manoeuver to: Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Defender
    3. Double click on "Turn Off Windows Defender" and select "Enabled" then click "Apply"


    WARNING: After turn off "Windows Defender", you might not be able to turn it back on. I suggest before trying this, make a backup image so you can restore to the way it was.

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    Last edited by Brink; 14 Jan 2016 at 14:43. Reason: added tutorial link
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  7. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       05 May 2015 #7

    Absolutely beautiful. You are a wonderful person, topgundcp! :P

    Thanks
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  8. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,956
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       05 May 2015 #8

    LostLogic said: View Post
    Absolutely beautiful. You are a wonderful person, topgundcp! :P

    Thanks
    Glad we could help.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       06 May 2015 #9

    Currently I am using Defender but it does not appear in the tray. Is there a way to make it appear there?
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  10. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,956
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       06 May 2015 #10

    Gary said: View Post
    Currently I am using Defender but it does not appear in the tray. Is there a way to make it appear there?
    Control Panel->Notification Area Icons, see screen shot:

    Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show in Windows 10

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    NOTE: You can put a tick mark back in step 1 to show all icons.

    System Icons - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
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