Learn to disable Microsoft Defender in Windows 11

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In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how you can disable the Microsoft Defender program on your Windows 11 computer.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your computer. For this, right-click the Start icon on the taskbar and select the “Settings” option from the context menu. Alternatively, you can simply press the Windows+I keyboard to launch Windows Settings app.

Step 2: In Settings, click on the “Privacy & Security” section in the left-side pane and select “Windows Security” on the right.

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Step 3: Now, on the page that appears, click on the “Open Windows Security” button.

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Step 4: In the Windows Security app, select the “Virus & threat protection” tab from the left menu. After that, click the “Manage settings” link under the “Virus & threat protection settings” section.

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Step 5: Now, toggle the switch OFF under “Real-time protection” to disable the Microsoft Defender on your computer. When you see the User Access Control prompt, click “Yes” and the Microsoft Defender will be temporarily disabled.

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Do note that when you restart your computer, the Microsoft Defender will be turned ON automatically. If you don’t want to restart your PC but want to reenable the security service, simply follow the same steps but toggle the switch in step 5 from OFF to ON.

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