Added by on February 4, 2020

On Windows 10 Pro, it’s possible to use the Group Policy Editor to disable the Windows Defender Antivirus permanently.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus

  4. On the right side, double-click the Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus policy.
  5. Select the Enabled option.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus > Real-time Protection

  9. On the right side, double-click the Turn on behavior monitoring policy.

  10. Select the Disabled option.
  11. Click Apply.
  12. Click OK.

  13. On “Real-time Protection,” double-click the Monitor file and program activity on your computer policy.

  14. Select the Disabled option.
  15. Click Apply.
  16. Click OK.

  17. On “Real-time Protection,” double-click the Turn on process scanning whenever real-time protection is enabled policy.
  18. Select the Disabled option.
  19. Click Apply.
  20. Click OK.

  21. On “Real-time Protection,” double-click the Turn on behavior monitoring policy.
  22. Select the Disabled option.
  23. Click Apply.
  24. Click OK.

  25. Restart your computer.

Once you’ve completed the steps, Windows Defender Antivirus will no longer scan and detect malware on your device, even after restarting your computer.