How to Enable and Disable Windows Defender Real Time Protection in Windows 10

Windows Defender is a default antivirus program in Windows 10. As you already know, although Windows Defender already offers basic security, but there are still many users who use antiviruses from third parties such as Kaspersky, BitDefender PRO, and Norton as antiviruses. This is because many users are still less confident with Windows Defender and they thought it has no sufficient ability to handle complex Windows viruses at present.

Turning off Windows Defender is necessary when we want to run certain applications smoothly, apart from installing other antiviruses.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to turn off and turn on the Windows Defender real-time protection in Windows 10.

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Please note that by turning off the real-time protection, it does not mean the function of Windows Defender will die completely. When Windows 10 knows that the real-time protection is turned off, it will automatically turn on the Windows Defender real-time protection in a few minutes. So if you want to turn off the real-time protection feature completely, follow the steps to turn off Windows Defender real-time protection below.

Warning: The PC Application doesn’t recommend turning off the real-time protection unless there is a need to do with real-time protection in off mode.

  • Procedure 1 – Turning off / Turn on Windows Defender real-time protection through Settings
  • Procedure 2 – Disable / Enable Windows Defender real-time protection through Group Policy

Procedure 1

Turning off/Turning on Windows Defender real-time protection through Settings

  1. Step 1: Open Settings. Click the Settings icon on the Start Menu or press Windows + I to open the Settings quickly.
  2. Step 2: Click Update and security (Windows Update, recovery, backup).
  3. Step 3: Click the Windows Defender.
  4. Step 4: Finally, turn off Real-time protection selection to disable the real-time protection.
When you are done with the steps appropriately, you will get a notofication that the antivirus is already turned off.

Procedure 2

Disabling / Enabling Windows Defender real-time protection through Group Policy.

Please note that the Group Policy editor is not available on Windows 10 Home Edition, so that the latter can only be done if you are using Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions. If you use the Home Edition, please follow the instruction one above.


Step 1: Type in Group Policy in the Start menu and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Tip: You can also use gpedit.msc via Run to open Group Policy Editor.
  2. Step 2: Move to the directory Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Defender> Real-time Protection.
  3. Step 3: On the right side, find the rules with the title Turn off real-time protection and then double-click the rule to open the Properties window.
  4. Step 4: Select the Enabled option to disable the rule and then click the Apply button.

Note: To re-enable real-time protection, select the Not Configured and then click the Apply button.

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