As you know, Windows Defender protects your computer from spyware as well as other potentially unwanted software in Windows 10. It is included with Microsoft’s newest operating system and keeps malware from infecting your PC. If you want to turn on or off Windows Defender in Windows 10, let us help you.

Following are two methods that can help you turn on/off Windows Defender in Windows 10. Let’s check out now!

Method 1:

Step 1: Launch Windows Defender by clicking the Start button, typing Defender in the search box and clicking Windows Defender in the list of result.

Step 2: In the Start menu, search for Action Center and run it.

Step 3: Check which program is handling spyware and unwanted software protection by clicking on the Security tab in Action Center, and then uninstall it.

Note: If you want to use Windows Defender, you will have to uninstall any such software.

Step 4: After uninstalling any antivirus, in the Start menu, type Defender. If Windows Defender is turned off, you will see a message and a link to turn it on. So you should click that link to enable Windows Defender in Windows 10.

Click the link to turn on Windows Defender in Windows 10.

Method 2:

Step 1: Launch the Local Group Policy Editor

Note: Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

Step 2: In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, you go to the following location:

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender

Step 3: In Windows Defender’s right pane of Local Group Policy Editor, you double click on the Turn off Windows Defender policy.
– If you want to turn on Windows Defender: choose Not Configured/Disabled, click on OK
– If you want to turn off Windows Defender: choose Enabled, click on OK
Step 4: Close the Local Group Policy Editor when finished


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