Disable Windows Defender Antivirus

Steps on how to disable Windows Defender Antivirus

For information on disabling other Antivirus programs, see Disable McAfee or Disable Norton


Follow these steps to temporarily turn off real-time antivirus protection in Windows Security. However, keep in mind that if you do, your device may be vulnerable to threats.

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection Manage settings (or Virus & threat protection settings in previous versions of Windows 10).

  2. Switch Real-time protection to Off. Note that scheduled scans will continue to run. However, files that are downloaded or installed will not be scanned until the next scheduled scan.