How to permanently disable Windows Defender on Windows 10
How to disable Windows Defender using the Registry
Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.
- Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
- Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
- Browse the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows DefenderQuick Tip: You can now copy and paste the path in the new Registry’s address bar to quickly jump to the key destination.
- If you don’t see the DisableAntiSpyware DWORD, right-click the Windows Defender (folder) key, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the key DisableAntiSpyware and press Enter.
Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.
- Click OK.
After completing the steps, restart your device to apply the settings, and then the Windows Defender Antivirus should now be disabled.
If you no longer want to keep the security feature disabled, you can enable it again using the same steps, but on step No. 6, make sure to right-click the DisableAntiSpyware DWORD and select the Delete option