Windows 10 Real Time Protection: How to Turn it off

Disable Windows 10 real-time protection (Windows 10 Defender) and defends and protects the Windows against all forms of malware, Trojan, and viruses using a third-party anti-virus.

The Windows 10 Defender works in such a way that it scans all files that you want to download or downloaded from the internet and all files copied from flash drive, Hard drive, etc, and delete all suspicious files automatically.

However, the Windows 10 real-time protection serves as an inbuilt anti-virus for the OS.

But, if you are using a 3rd-party anti-virus installed on your system, coupled with the Windows 10 Defender you may want to take your time to disable either the Windows 10 Defender for so many reasons to keep your PC running in a smooth condition.

And for this, here in this guide, you will learn how to turn off Windows 10 real-time protection or how to turn off Windows 10 Defender for third-party anti-virus to take its place.

How to Disable Windows 10 Real-time Protection

It’s hassle-free to disable or turn off the Windows 10 real-time monitoring software when you have a third-party anti-virus installed on the same Windows PC.

  • Launch the Windows 10 >> Star Menu > Type “Windows Security” >> Press Enter.How to Turn Off Real-Time Protection in Microsoft Defender on Windows 10
  • Click on “Virus & threat protection when the Windows security centre opens and select “Manage Settings”.Windows 10 real-time protection
  • Look for “Real-Time protection” and click on it when the “virus & threat protection settings open and toggle the button.Toggle the button
  • Now, the blue button will change to grey to show that you have disabled the Windows 10 real-time protection.Virus & real protection settings

However, a message will appear immediately after you have turned off the Windows 10 Defender telling you that your PC is now vulnerable.

But since you are using a trusted third-party anti-virus that you think is better than the default Windows Defender in your Windows 10, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

How to Turn Off Windows 10 Real-time Protection using CMD

If you are planning to turn off the Windows 10 Windows Defender (real-time protection) in a group policy you can do that using a CMD.

  • Press “Win + R” to open the Windows “RUN” dialog.
  • Type “gpedit.dsc” and click on the “Enter” button.Windows 10 Windows Defender
  • While in the “Local Group Policy Editor” navigate to “Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender/Real-time Protection”.Turn off real-time protection
  • When the “Real-time protection” opens double-click on “turn off real-time protection” under settings. Now, a new interface will appear, click on “Disabled” and click “OK”.Disabled real-time protection in Windows 10

That is all. The Windows 10 Windows Defender will be defenceless until it’s re-enabled again.

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