Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How to disable Windows Defender


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Even if Windows Defender is offered for free and it has decent protection features, some people might prefer other applications to secure their system from spyware and other threats. In this case there is no point in having two similar applications running at the same time, both of them consuming system resources. This is why disabling Windows Defender can be a good idea.

This is how you do it:

Launch Windows Defender and go to Tools -> Options.

Here you will find a lot of configuration options. Scroll down to the end of the list. You will find there a section called Administrator options. Deselect the Use Windows Defender box and press the Save button.

If UAC is turned on, you will need to confirm that you want to continue with the change.

Now you will receive a notification saying that "Windows Defender is turned off". Click on Close and you are done.


Alexandru said...
April 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

This is a video tutorial for disabling Defender!

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