Also called Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Windows Defender is the antivirus software Windows default. It constantly performs analyzes in order to detect and put out of harm's way programs and malicious files, threats related to Windows security.
This permanent analysis causes the execution of certain programs to be blocked and certain files, deemed dangerous, to be automatically deleted. To run such programs, you can disable Windows Defender to re-enable it later.
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There are two types of disabling Windows Defender, temporary and permanent. We're not going to encourage you to permanently disable Windows Defender, given its usefulness. In case of temporary deactivation, always remember to reactivate it.
It helps secure your device, protect it from threats by automatically downloading security updates. Even when using a antivirus, which we strongly recommend, keep Windows Defender running.
Disable Windows Defender, Real-Time Protection
The function of Windows Defender to identify and prevent the installation or execution of malicious programs is called " Real time protection ". Beyond programs, this feature tackles other types of suspicious files.
Disable Windows Defender on Windows 10
Follow the steps given below to temporarily disable Defender real-time protection. However, keep in mind that in this case, your device will be vulnerable to threats. To disable Windows Defender on Windows 10 :
Go to Windows settings by combining the keys Windows + I ( et I) and click on " Update and security ". In the left bar, click on " Windows security "Then on" Protection against viruses and threats ».
On the Virus & threat protection settings part, scroll down slightly and find “ Manage settings ».
Disable real-time protection using the toggle button and accept to confirm disabling:
Windows Defender real-time protection will automatically turn back on after a while. However, the right move, for better protection of your computer, is to reactivate it manually after the operation that led to its deactivation.
Disable Windows Defender on Windows 11
Follow the steps given below to temporarily disable Defender real-time protection. However, keep in mind that in this case, your device will be vulnerable to threats. To disable Windows Defender on Windows 11 :
Just like on Windows 10, open the Windows Settings app. Go to " Confidentialité et sécurité »And click on« Windows security ". You can also search for "Swindows security » through the start button .
Click on " Open Windows Security ". Then click on Protection against viruses and threats → Virus and threat protection settings. In the settings management, turn off real-time protection using the switch button and click on YES to confirm.