How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real Time Protection in Windows 10


Windows 10 comes with a default protection program known as Real Time Protection. Most of you Windows users will know by now that it is really important to protect your PC from malware with the help of an antivirus. Windows 10 have now got you covered on that by default.

But sometimes you need to run a program that might be detected as malware by the protection program. For this you will need to temporarily turn off and disable Windows 10 Real Time Protection program.

In this tutorial we will guide you on how to turn off Windows defender for Windows 10. Just keep on reading to know the rest.

Note: Windows defender will not be turned off permanently once you have turned off Windows Real Time protection. If Windows 10 finds that the real-time protection has been turned off for a while, it automatically turns on Windows Defender real-time protection.

Warning: Don’t risk turning off Real Time Protection unless you are sure of what you are up to. And turning of defender manually is not needed if you have to install a third-party utility Antivirus like Avast Antivirus. The setup of third-party utility takes care of it automatically.

Method 1 – Enable or disable Defender real-time protection via Settings.

Method 2 – Enable or disable real-time protection via Group Policy.

Method 1: Enable or disable Defender real-time protection via Settings

Step 1: Open Settings in the windows. There are many ways to do that. You can use Start menu for it, search box or simply the shortcut Windows + I keyboard to do it instantly.


Step 2:  Click Update and security (Windows Update, recovery, backup).

Step 3: Click on Windows Defender and turn off to disable Real Time Protection under the option “Real-time Protection”.

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As soon as it’s done a notification will appear saying Turn on virus protection.


Method 2 – Enable or disable real-time protection via Group Policy.

Note: This method is only available for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions. If you are using Windows 10 Home edition then you will have to follow method 1.

Step 1: Use Start Menu or search box to open Edit Group Policy and press enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.


Tip: You can also type Gpedit.msc in Start menu search box or Run command box followed by enter key to launch Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > Real-time Protection.

Step 3: On your right side you will have to look for Turn off real-time protection. Double click on it to open the properties.


Step 4: Select Enabled option to turn off the policy. Click Apply button.


NOTE: To enable the real-time protection, select Not Configured or disable option before clicking Apply button.

That was all on How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real Time Protection in Windows 10. Pretty easy, isn’t it? If you run into any problem just let me know in the comments below!