The article explains disabling Windows Defender, a built-in utility in some Windows operating systems. The methods provided here are simple and correct to date. We still advise you to follow them carefully to avoid facing common Windows problems.

Windows Defender is an anti-spyware utility from Microsoft. In some Windows operating systems, the utility comes as a built-in protection. Users who are using another anti-spyware or anti-malware program may want to disable it to avoid software conflict problems. If you are one of those users who wants to perform the same action, here is your Windows Defender support guide.


Open up Windows Defenders from Desktop or the programs. When in the Windows Defender Bypass McAfee window, click on the Tools tab. Click on the Options link. Locate and click on Administrator in the left hand pane under Options. Now click to remove the checkmark from the box beside Use this program and then hit the Save button. You will see a message like This program is turned off. Hit the Close button.

The program may still interfere with other programs, especially your antivirus program in your computer. Click on the Start menu and type 'services.msc' (without quotes) in the Start Search menu. Hit Enter to proceed. When in the Services window, locate Windows Defender, right click on it and select Properties. Highlight the General tab (if it not highlighted by default). Click on the drop-down arrow next to Startup type and change the status to Disabled. Hit the Apply button and then OK to close the Properties window.

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You might be prompted to enter an admin password, enter it to proceed. Failing to which, you will not be able to make such changes. Remember, Windows Defender cannot be removed if it came preinstalled in your Windows computer. It can only be disabled.

However, if you downloaded Windows Defender as a separate program in your computer, you can remove it. To do so, click on the Start menu, go to Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs. Select Windows Defender, and then click on the Change/Remove button. If prompted for an admin password, enter it to continue. When done, confirm the removal. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the removal. Wait until it prompts you to reboot your computer. When done, reboot your computer. You might also need to remove the associated files from different folders and registry entries as well from Registry Editor.