How to Disable or Enable Windows Defender Windows 10

Disable Enable Windows Defender

Is your Windows Defender automatically turning back on and driving you nuts?  In this tutorial, I show you how to turn on/off Windows Defender permanently.  This can be very helpful because it will remain disabled without turning back on automatically.

Note: This tutorial may require administration rights on your Windows 10 PC or laptop.

Video Tutorial:

Follow the steps below to turn off Windows Defender:

  1. Select the start menu by selecting the small windows icon in the bottom left.
  2. Start typing Windows PowerShell, but before you open it, right-click it and select Run as Administrator.  This should open up a window that looks a little like code. Windows Defender PowerShell
  3. Copy one of the two below text options to either disable or enable:
  • Disable:
    Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $true
  • Enable:
    Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $false
  1. To paste the text correctly, right-click on the blinking icon, and it should paste into place, then press Enter. Disable Windows Defender Tutorial Blinking Line
  2. You have now disabled or re-enabled Windows Defender on Windows 10.

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