The Windows Defender is the only security software I use to protect my PC against a virus and Trojan attack. I don’t afriad of visiting any website with the Defender enabled. Some hackers and experts have been able to see to how potent the Windows Defender could be protecting users without using a 3rd-party security app such as AVG, Avast, etc. However, if you want to keep your PC running fast, I’d advise you stick to the Windows Defender security on your Windows computer. If you trust 3rd-party security software more than the Microsoft built-in security app you can disable the feature from your Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and possilby the upcoming Windows. However, if you want to disable Windows Defender in your Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, it’s straight forward to do and it takes less than a minute to disable the Windows Defender from your Windows computer. You can choose to disable it permanently or temporailly.
The Windows Defender can be turned off via the Windows privacy & security settings. You can also find your way around the computer registry to disable the Windows Defender security feature.
This post will detail how to disable Windows Defender in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. With this post, you should be able to disable the Defender in your Windows OS.
Meanwhile, before you decide to disable the Defender from your Windows computer, make sure you have an anti-virus installed on your computer to help protect your PC against viruses, Malware, Trojan, etc.
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How to Disable Windows 7 (Windows) Defender
Windows 7 is one of the first few Windows generation and one of the most sort after Windows OS after the Windows Vista. However, the Windows 7 Defender can be disabled without affecting the performance of your PC
- Go to Windows 7 Control Panel
- Double-click on the “Windows Defender” tab
- Click on Administrator
- Scroll down and uncheck “use Windows Defender”
- Close the Control Panel tab
- Restart your computer.
For the Windows Defender to turn off completely you have to turn off or restart your Windows PC. However, if you have some projects you have not saved kindly save them in other not to lose them when you turn off your PC or restart it.
How to Disable Windows 8/8.1 (Windows) Defender
This is the easiest and fastest way to disable Windows 8 (Windows) Defender.
- Press “Win + R” to open the “Run” box
- Type ” services.msc” into the column
- Click on the “OK”
- Right-click on “Windows Defender Service”
- Click on the “Properties”
- Tap on the “General” button
- Click on the “Startup type” drop menu
- Select “Disable” from the options
- Click on “Apply”
- Tap on “OK”
- Restart your PC
This approach is faster to disable Windows 8/8.1 [Windows] Defender
Disable Windows 10 [Windows] Defender
Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 have almost a similar way to disable Windows Defender. Here is what to do to turn off the Windows Defender in Windows 10.
- Go to Windows 10 settings
- Tap on the Update & Security
- Click on Windows Defender tab
- Tap “Turn Off” to disable real-time protection.
- Restart the PC
This is probably the easiest. Irrespective of the Windows OS you are running on your computer you can always turn of the Windows Defender for a 3rd party security software.