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    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows Defender helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it's installed.

    Windows Defender is included with Windows and helps keep malware from infecting your PC in two ways:
    • Providing real-time protection. Windows Defender notifies you when malware tries to install itself or run on your PC. It also notifies you when apps try to change important settings.
    • Providing anytime scanning options. Windows Defender automatically scans your PC for installed malware on a regular basis, but you can also start a scan whenever you want. Windows Defender automatically removes (or temporarily quarantines) anything that's detected during a scan.


    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows Defender real-time protection for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off Windows Defender real-time protection.

    Note   Note
    When you use Windows Defender, it's important to have up-to-date definitions. Definitions are files that act like an ever-growing encyclopedia of potential software threats. Windows Defender uses definitions to detect any malware and to notify you of potential risks. To help keep your definitions up to date, you can set Windows Update to work with Windows Defender and automatically install new definitions as they're released. Windows Defender also checks online for updated definitions before scanning.

    warning   Warning
    When you install some 3rd party antivirus (AV) programs, they may automatically turn off Windows Defender. In this case you will not be able to turn on Windows Defender again until the 3rd party AV program has been completely uninstalled.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Settings
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in PowerShell
    • Option Four: To Enable or Disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Group Policy
    • Option Five: To Enable or Disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Windows Defender Real-Time Protection disabled
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    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Settings

    Note   Note
    You can use this option to turn off Windows Defender real-time protection temporarily. When it's off for a while, Windows will turn it back on automatically.

    Option Four and Option Five below will override this option.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Defender on the left side, and turn off Real-time Protection on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Settings

    Note   Note
    This is the default setting.

    Option Three and Option Four below will override this option.


    1. Do step 2 (notification), step 3 (Windows Defender), step 4 (Security & Maintenance), or step 5 (Settings) below for how you would like to turn on Windows Defender real-time protection.

    2. If you have a Turn on virus protection notification from Windows Defender in the taskbar notification area, then click/tap on it.

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    3. Open Windows Defender.

    A) In the Home tab, click/tap on the red Turn on button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Security and Maintenance icon.

    A) Click/tap on the Turn on now button for the Virus protection message under the Security section, and close Security and Maintenance. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    A) Click/tap on Windows Defender on the left side, turn on Real-time Protection on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in PowerShell

    Note   Note
    If you use this option to turn off Windows Defender real-time protection, it will only be temporary. When it's off for a while, Windows will turn it back on automatically.

    Option Four and Option Five below will override this option.


    1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

    2. Enter the command below you want to use into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (Turn on)
    Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring 0

    OR

    (Turn off)
    Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring 1

    3. When finished, you can close PowerShell if you like.

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    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Group Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Five below.

    This option is the same as Option Five below, and will let you disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection without being prompted it is turned off, and without it getting automatically turned back on later by Windows.

    When disabled, you will not be able to do Option One, Option Two, or Option Three.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender/Real-time Protection

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    3. In the right pane of Real-time Protection in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off real-time protection policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Windows Defender Real-time Protection

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





    Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Windows Defender Real-time Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection using a REG file

    Note   Note
    This option is the same as Option Four above and will let you disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection without being prompted it is turned off, and without it getting automatically turned back on later by Windows.

    When disabled, you will not be able to do Option One, Option Two, or Option Three.


    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Real-Time Protection

    DisableRealtimeMonitoring DWORD

    (delete) = enable
    1 = disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Windows Defender Real-time Protection

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Windows_Defender_Real-Time_Protection.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Windows_Defender_Real-Time_Protection.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-04-29 #1

    Tutorial updated for Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10074.

    Note   Note
    In Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10074, you can turn off Windows Defender real-time protection temporarily, but it's off for a while, Windows will turn it back on automatically.

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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-06 #2

    Brink said: View Post
    Tutorial updated for Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10074.

    Note   Note
    In Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10074, you can turn off Windows Defender real-time protection temporarily, but it's off for a while, Windows will turn it back on automatically.

    You can disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Local Group Policy Editor (Run: gpedit.msc then select: Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender/Real-time Protection and enable the "Turn off Real-time Protection" setting). It won't turn back on automatically and Windows Defender doestn't even notice that there's something wrong (it will stay green).
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  3. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       2015-07-06 #3

    I use it, WD seems to be adequate.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,398
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-07-06 #4

    Majestic12 said: View Post
    You can disable Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Local Group Policy Editor (Run: gpedit.msc then select: Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender/Real-time Protection and enable the "Turn off Real-time Protection" setting). It won't turn back on automatically and Windows Defender doestn't even notice that there's something wrong (it will stay green).

    You could also use this below to completely disable Windows Defender.

    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-07-06 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    You could also use this below to completely disable Windows Defender.

    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    I know, but quick antivirus scan can be useful from time to time and furthermore after completely disabling Windows Defender you get that annoying window, informing you that WD is turned off, every time the computer starts.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,398
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-07-06 #6

    Agreed. Tutorial updated to add this.
    Last edited by Brink; 2015-07-06 at 13:33. Reason: update
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    SC
    Posts : 107
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-11-10 #7

    Using the merge registry to enable WD on the above method, have noticed that while running Emsisoft Emergency Kit (EEK) that the registry created by the utility (Enable_Windows_Defender_Real-Time_Protection.reg) is when EEK is run listed as a (from the log file):

    Scan start: 11/8/2015 10:44:19 PMValue: HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2610782532-1500699501-3633152452-1000\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN -> WINDOWS DEFENDER detected: Backdoor.Win32.BlackShades (A)

    realizing this may be a false/positive curious as to why it would see the registry file as such.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,713
    Windows Home x64
       2015-11-10 #8

    tazmo8448 said: View Post
    realizing this may be a false/positive curious as to why it would see the registry file as such.
    Malware usually disables WD , so it sees the key as a threat, does not matter, if it is 1 or 0.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    SC
    Posts : 107
    Windows 10 Pro
       2015-11-10 #9

    On an upgrade to W10 from W7 the WD icon didn't show so I used the above utility to enable it. Then a little later ran EEK it latched on the registry file the utility created showing it as a BackDoor.BlackShades. Let me make this clear the BackDoor did not show in EEK til I ran the utility. It did not show prior to running the utility. The utility itself creates the registry file that EEK finds as a Trojan. I can remove the reg file and EEK shows nothing I can re-run the utility and EEK will again show it as a Trojan.
    I am aware of the fact that malware likes to disable A/V but this particular issue is caused by triggering the icon to show in the task bar.
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