How To Disable Or Enable Windows Defender Real-Time Protection In Windows 10?

The real-time protection keeps your system continuously protected in real time and secures you all the time regularly from infections. The Windows Defender is a default antivirus program in Windows 10. As most of us know, although it provides primary security, the users who have knowledge about how one can stay away from antivirus and other security threats with the help of best practices, are more likely to use Defender for to protect their Windows operating system as well as data.

In this article, we will show you two simple methods about how you can turn on or off Windows Defender Real-Time protection in Windows 10.

·        Method 1 – Enable or Disable Windows Defender real-time protection using Settings.
·        Method 2 – Enable or Disable Windows Defender real-time protection using Group Policy.  

How To Enable Or Disable Windows Defender Real-Time Protection Using Settings?

1.     Open the Settings app. To do so, you may either tap on the Settings icon on the start menu or simply use Windows + I keys simultaneously to launch the Settings quickly.
2.     Then tap on Update and Security option.
3.     Tap Windows Defender.
4.     Here you will need to disable the option titled Real-time Protection. Doing so will turn off the Real-time protection.
Soon after turning the real-time protection off, the Turn on virus protection notification will pop up on your computer’s screen.

How To Enable Or Disable Windows Defender Real-Time Protection Using Group Policy?

Note: You will not be able to access the Group Policy Editor if you use Windows 10 Home edition, which means this method only works on Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro editions. If you use the Home edition, we recommend you to follow the directions in Method 1.

1.     First of all, you need to type “edit group policy” in the Search bar of your Start menu.
2.     Then hit the Enter key to open Local Group Policy Editor.
Note: In the Search box or Run command box of your Start menu you can type “gpedit.msc” followed by the Enter key to launch the Group Policy Editor.
3.     Then go to Computer Configuration.
4.     And tap on Administrative Templates.
5.     Now navigate to Windows Components.
6.     And tap on Windows Defender.
7.     Here you will find Real-time Protection option, tap it.
8.     Then on the right side, you will look for the policy titled Turn off the Real-time Protection. Tap twice on it. Doing so will open its properties.
9.     Now you need to select the Enabled button in order to turn off the policy. Tap on the Apply button.

Note: To turn on the real-time protection, you will need to select Not Configured or disable option before you tap on the Apply button.

We hope this will simply help you learn about how you can enable or disable Windows Defender Real-Time protection using settings and Group Policy.

Micheal Ricky is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as


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