How to Disable Windows Defender on Windows 11

Windows has started its virus protection process since DOS but never became a threat to third-party antivirus software. In Windows 11, Microsoft has made a bold step to enhance its security features. However, not all users buy it, quite a number of users think the notifications of Windows Defender are annoying and want to disable it forever. In this article, we will tell you how to disable Windows Defender on Windows 11.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Windows Defender, which was first released as free anti-spyware software for Windows XP, is an anti-virus component of Windows OS. Prior to Windows 10, Windows Defender was a graphical desktop app. Since Windows 10, it is merged to Windows Security app and Powershell, enabling users to visit Windows Defender directly from Settings. In Windows 11, Windows Defender received a small security upgrade that blocks vulnerable drivers from being able to run on your device.

The Cons of Windows Defender

However, even though Windows Defender is getting more aggressive and more determined in defending viruses and malware, it still failed to gain the favor of users. Every day a number of users are searching "how to disable Windows Defender", and here are the reasons why they do it.

1. Conflict with Another Antivirus Software

Windows Defender is good antivirus software, but only on the premise that you don't have other choices. Most users would choose another third-party antivirus software to protect their computers, if they do not disable Windows Defender, it might identify the new virus protection program as a malicious file and vice versa.

2. Taking Too Much CPU Usage

This is actually not only the disadvantage of Windows Defender but also a problem of almost all antivirus software. When running the antivirus software, it uses up your computer's resources from CPU to disk space and RAM. What's worse, if you're using Windows Defender, it never stops monitoring and scanning your device for viruses and malware. So if you have other computer protection methods, you can disable Windows Defender to save your device's CPU and RAM usage.

The above two points are the main disadvantages of Windows Defender. There are other minor cons such as Windows Defender might prevent you from installing certain software, or cause some error codes. In the next part, we will tell you how to turn off Windows Defender permanently. 

How to Disable Windows Defender on Windows 11

Here we will introduce two methods for you to disable Windows Defender on Windows 11. The first method can only temporarily suspend the Windows Defender, but it is an easier way. The second method might be a little complicated, but once applied, you can cease Windows Defender on your computer forever.

1. Temporarily Stop Windows Defender on Windows 11

Step 1. Search Windows Security on Start and open the best match.

Search and open Windows Security

Step 2. In the Windows Security app, click the Virus & Threat protection tab.

Step 3. Under Virus & threat protection settings, click Manage settings.

Click manage settings

Step 4. Switch the Real-time protection button to turn off the Windows Defender.

Turn off real-time protection

*In Windows 11, if you turn off Windows Defender, it will automatically turn on the next time you start the computer.

2. Permanently Disable Windows Defender on Windows 11

With this method, you could turn off Windows Defender once and for all. The core of this method is to take ownership of the Windows Defender so that we can completely disable it.

1. Boot into Safe Mode

Step 1. Press Windows + R key to open the run box, enter msconfig, and press enter.

Step 2. Select the boot tab, and tick the Safe boot under Boot options.

Step 3. Click OK and restart your computer, then your computer will boot into safe mode.

Boot into Safe Mode

2. Run Windows Defender as Administrator

Step 1. Open File Explorer and navigate to this folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender.

Open Windows Defender folder

Step 2. Right-click the Platform folder, click Properties, switch to the Security tab, then click Advanced.

Platform security tab

Step 3. You can see that now the owner of Windows Defender is the SYSTEM.

Step 4. Click the Effective Access tab, and click Select a user.

Switch to Effective Access tab and select a user

Step 5. Go to Advanced > Find Now > Administrators, and click OK twice to confirm the change.

Change Defender Owner

3. Remove Windows Defender Permissions

Now you can see that the owner of Windows Defender has changed to Administrators and you can remove the permissions to disable Windows Defender.

On the Advanced Security Settings for Platform window, select every one of the permission entries, click Remove, tick the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects option at the top, then tick the Replace all child object permission... option at the bottom, click Apply.

4. Disable Safe Boot and Restart

Follow the steps in the very first step to enter msconfig, unselect the Safe boot option and restart your computer. This is the last step of permanently disabling Windows Defender in Windows 11. After restarting your computer, you can reopen the Windows Security app, now you could see that there is no Virus & Threat Protection.

How to Protect Your Computer from Virus

After knowing how to disable Windows Defender on Windows 11, you may wonder if there are better ways to protect computers from viruses. There are two options for users, one is to find third-party virus protection for PC, and the other is to make a backup for important files regularly.

If you don't know which antivirus software is suitable for your needs, read this article to see if you can find a good one. 

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Step 1. Select Backup Contents

On the main window, click the big question mark button to select backup contents. You can choose to back up individual files, entire disk or partition, operating system and mails. 

select backup contents

Step 2. Select Security Zone as Backup Destination

While selecting backup destination, you can see the Security Zone option. Click Security Zone and use it as a backup destination.

select security zone as backup location

However, if you're first to use the Security Zone function, EaseUS Todo Backup will guide you to create one. Click "Create Security Zone".

click create security zone

Choose a partition with enough free space for your backups and then click "Continue".

choose a partition to create security zone

You can adjust the partition size for the security zone. Click "Create" to get it done. 

adjust partition size to create security zone

Step 3. Execute the backup task

Click "Backup Now" to start the backup process. Your backups of OS, files, drives and mails in the security zone will be fully protected from being seen or destroyed by virus, ransomeware and trojan. 

The Bottom Line

In this article, we have told you the detailed steps of how to disable Windows Defender on Windows 11. You can both temporarily and permanently stop Windows Defender. Also, if you want to protect your data with creating backup files, EaseUS Todo Backup is a good choice and it has the winning feature of creating a security zone.

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