Windows 10: How can I completely stop Windows Defender?

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  1.    20 Oct 2016 #11

    I have downloaded the file TairikuOkami gave me and will keep it on hand. But guess I will wait a bit more to see what happens. I am a little fearful of the info from fdegrove about causing problems with Windows Update if I do this. Also, I have Windows 10 Home Premium so that run command you gave will not work. Sigh ...
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  2.    20 Oct 2016 #12

    Hi,

    Also, I have Windows 10 Home Premium so that run command you gave will not work. Sigh ...
    This should work on both Pro and Home versions:

    Open Notepad and paste in the following code:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender]
    "DisableAntiSpyware"=dword:00000001
    "DisableRoutinelyTakingAction"=dword:00000001
    Save as DisableDefender.reg. Double click it to import it into the registry.

    Should you later on want to re-enable WD then change both the dword lines to read 00000000 and repeat the above.

    Your AV program might be safe, no idea which one you have.

    Cheers,
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  3.    20 Oct 2016 #13

    Thank you fdegrove for this helpful instruction!
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  4.    20 Oct 2016 #14

    Hi,

    You're welcome.

    Cheers,
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       20 Oct 2016 #15

    Nikilet said: View Post
    I have Home Premium so I would have to go into the registry and I don't think I feel up to messing around with this, especially when I read that it isn't a real simple thing to do.
    The .reg files in OPTION TWO will do it for you if you like.

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