Turn off Windows Defender

This policy setting turns off Windows Defender. If you enable this policy setting Windows Defender does not run and computers are not scanned for malware or other potentially unwanted software. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting by default Windows Defender runs and computers are scanned for malware and other potentially unwanted software.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows Defender # DisableAntiSpyware

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Defender


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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