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How to Disable Antivirus in Windows 10 ?

Antivirus software are meant for protecting computers from threarts posed by malware, trojans, etc. Turning off the Antivirus software on your computer is usually not advised. But during some unavoidable situations, you have to disable it.The Windows 10 operating system has a built-in real-time antivirus software named Windows Defender. When the Windows Defender blocks the installation of any application or services on your Windows 10 computer, you can temporarily disable it. 

Disable Antivirus in Windows 10

Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10:

Perform the below steps below to disable Windows Defender antivirus on Windows 10 computer.

  • Turn on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Click>/ the Windows start icon at the bottom of the desktop.
  • Then, click the Settings option.
  • In the Settings window, select the Update & Security option. This will open the Update & Security window.
  • Now, select the Windows Defender option present on the left side of the Update & Security window.
  • The right side window will display the options for the Windows Defender antivirus.
  • Now, click the toggle button under the Real-time protection option to turn it off. This will turn off the Windows Defender antivirus on your Windows 10 computer.
  • But, when your Windows 10 computer is restarted, then the Windows Defender antivirus will be turned on by default. 
  • If you wish to turn off scanning for your Windows 10 computer, then you can add all the drives on your computer to the Exclude list of Windows Defender. So that, even if the Windows Defender is turned on after the restart, your files won’t be scanned.
  • To add exclusions, scroll-down the Windows Defender options and click the Add an exclusion option under the Exclusions tab.
  • Now, click the Exclude a folder option and select the drives on your system and click the Exclude button.

Disable third-party antivirus software on Windows 10:

If you have installed any antivirus software like AVG, Avast, Norton, Kaspersky, etc., then follow the instructions given below to Disable Antivirus in Windows 10 computer.

Method 1: Disable from the system tray

Using this method, you can easily Disable Antivirus in Windows 10 from the system tray. The steps are given below.

  • Locate your antivirus software icon in the system tray on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Right-click the antivirus software icon.
  • From the list of options, select the options relevant to turn off or disable protection.
  • It may vary depending on the antivirus software installed on your computer.
  • If you see any message regarding the duration to disable the antivirus software, then mention it as well.

Method 2: Disable from the antivirus software

You can turn off or disable the antivirus software by launching the program as well. The steps are as follows.s

  • Double-click on the Antivirus software icon and launch it on your Windows 10 computer.
  • When the antivirus software is launched, look for options like shield, protection, real-time protection, etc.
  • Click on such options to disable or turn off the antivirus software on your Windows 10 computer.
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