How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 11

How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 11

If you need to disable Microsoft Defender, there are several ways to do this.


Switching off manually

This method only works for a short time. The system then switches it on.

  • Open Windows Security (icon in the notification area or via Settings – Privacy & Security – Windows Security).
  • Open the “Protection against viruses and threats” section.
  • Next, press “Manage settings”.
  • Disable the items: “Real-time protection”, “Cloud protection”, “Automatic sending of samples”.


Switching off using a script


  • Download the script
  • Open the file properties and tick the “Unlock” box.
  • Go to Windows Security – Virus and Threat Protection – Manage the virus and threat protection settings and turn off “Tamper-proof”
  • Run the script.
  • A Windows Defender window will appear, prompting you to disable it – “Disable Windows Defender?”
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