How to Disable Microsoft Defender in Windows 11

Published: February 19, 2022

Last Modified: March 2, 2023

How to Disable Microsoft Defender in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is the default antivirus solution for the Microsoft Windows 11 operating system. It is turned on by default unless other security solutions recognized by the operating system are installed. Previously, it was called Windows Defender. Most third-party antivirus solutions that support Windows 11 are recognized, but there are cases where third-party antivirus software doesn’t.

Windows 11 users are advised to keep Microsoft Defender Antivirus turned on if no other security solutions are installed. But due to some reasons, such as Windows Defender Antivirus causing high resource usage or other problems with the system, or users testing software with Windows 11’s virtual machine, in this case, users may want to temporarily or permanently turn off Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Next, we’ll walk users through how to enable or disable Windows Defender.

🔹Step 1: First of all, click on the Windows search and type in Windows security. Then, open the Windows security app from the list.
 
🔹Step 2: On the Windows Security app, click on the Virus & threat protection section.
 
🔹Step 3: Next, on the right pane, click on the Manage Settings under the Virus & threat protection settings.
 
🔹Step 4: Disable the Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, and Tamper Protection feature on the next Window on the right pane.
 
🔹Step 5: Next, select the App & Browser control option on the left pane.
 
🔹Step 6: On the Right pane, click on the Reputation-based protection settings.
 
🔹Step 7: Disable the Check apps and files and Potentially unwanted app blocking option on the right pane.
 
❗️Note: Disable it Only if it’s necessary. Windows Security is an important security app that should be left enabled.
 
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