Windows 10: Unable to disable Windows Defender on 1909

Discus and support Unable to disable Windows Defender on 1909 in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; Hello! I'm using Windows 10 1909, Version 10.0.18363, Build 18363. I am unable to turn off Windows Defender permanently. I followed this guide: How to... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by markrobby, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. markrobby Win User

    Unable to disable Windows Defender on 1909


    Hello! I'm using Windows 10 1909, Version 10.0.18363, Build 18363.
    I am unable to turn off Windows Defender permanently. I followed this guide: How to Turn On or Off Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 10 and none of the methods work. I have turned off tamper protection already.
    When I try to use the group policy editor method and enable this "Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus" and reboot, it automatically becomes "Not configured".
    When I use the regedit method, the setting real-time protection is still on (but other settings are disabled) and when I disable it, it becomes activated again.

    Please help me, I want to disable Windows Defender permanently and I DO NOT want to use any other AVs.

    :)
     
    markrobby, Oct 26, 2020
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  2. davidhk Win User

    Windows Defender disabled and is unable to start


    OK. I am not sure if you can complete the steps below.......................
    In the search box, type services.msc > Enter
    Items in the Services box are listed alphabetically.
    Scroll down to Windows Defender Service...........................
    at Status heading, it should be.................................... Running
    at Startup type, it should be......................................... Automatic


    Unable to disable Windows Defender on 1909 [​IMG]




    If that is not what yours said, right click at Windows Defender Service > click Properties >
    can you change the Startup type to Automatic and Service status to Start ?
    If yes, do so and click OK when done.
     
    davidhk, Oct 26, 2020
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  3. How to disable windows defender for long time?

    Hi Andrew,

    If I understand you correctly you are willing to disable Windows Defender from your system. I would like to know few more things to understand the issue in a better way.

    • Why are you trying to disable Windows Defender? Are you planning to install any third party security software?
    • From where you have followed the steps to disable Windows defender using registry?
    • Are you logged in as Administrator?

    The steps which you have mentioned to disable Windows Defender using gpedit.msc is correct. If you are unable to disable it then you may do that by stopping the service responsible for Windows Defender. Here are steps which you may follow to perform the
    same task.

    • Press Windows key + R to open run box.
    • Type services.msc and hit enter.
    • There should be 2 services: Windows Defender Service
      and Windows Defender Network14.
    • Right click on each and press stop.


    If you will stop the service responsible for Windows Defender then it will not run till it is stopped. Do get back to us with all the information required and result of proposed suggestion. We will be happy to assist you further.

    Regards,
     
    Ramesh.Kumar, Oct 26, 2020
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  4. Unable to disable Windows Defender on 1909

    How to disable windows defender for long time?

    Dear ramesh,

    I too agree with Farah in that the options to start, stop Windows Defender are not clickable. There should be a way to stop the WD
     
    Azad Rahimtoola, Oct 26, 2020
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