How to Turn on or off Windows Defender Firewall on Windows 10

How to turn off Real-time protection in Microsoft Defender on Windows 10

Microsoft Defender is the in-build antivirus program on Windows 10. Previously, its name was Windows Defender, after Windows 10 May 2020 update it’s named is changed. Microsoft defender protects your Windows 10 computer from malware and provides real-time protection. If you install a third-party antivirus program, Microsoft Defender gets disabled. Sometimes users want to turn off it while facing issues such as Windows 10 update issues, or running any third-party program (Microsoft defender blocks third party software from running). If you are facing the same issue or want to turn off Real-time protection in Microsoft Defender on Windows 10 follow the process.

Process to turn off Real-time protection in Microsoft Defender on Windows 10

Step 1: Open Settings by pressing Windows Key + I, or click on the Start icon and select Setting at the left bar.

Step 2: Go to Update and security.

Step 3: Now click on Windows Security at the left bar.

Step 4: After that, click on Open Windows security to launch this app.

Windows security app

Step 5: In the Windows security window select Virus and threat protection.

Virus and threat protection

Step 6: Click on manage settings under Virus and threat protection settings.

Manage security settings

Step 7: Now toggle the switch under Real-time protection to the left to turn off Real-time protection by Microsoft Defender.

Toggle the switch to on or off real time protection

Step 8: After doing this a new window will open asking “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to this device“- click “Yes“.

Now Microsoft defender real-time protection is turned off.

Note: Make sure you have installed another antivirus software or turned Microsoft Defender on later. As you disabled the real-time protection. Your system is unable to detect and remove malware i.e your device is vulnerable to threat.

That’s the process to turn off Real-time protection in Microsoft Defender on Windows 10. If you face any problem with your device, let me know. Stay updated and protected.

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