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How to completely disable Windows Defender? - Windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    How to completely disable Windows Defender? - Windows 8.1


    So I've been running the 8.1 Pro Preview since it went live, and I gotta say, I'm pretty happy with it overall, one thing that's bothering me though is that I can't seem to find a way to disable Windows Defender completely through either gpedit.msc or services.msc (it's grayed out).

    In 8.0 there was a setting for disabling Defender completely through gpedit.msc, now in 8.1 they added a bunch of new settings in the Defender tab but none that clearly states the disabling of Defender, maybe I'm missing something here?.

    Need your help , thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello SlackerITGuy,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to completely turn off Windows Defender. Be sure that you are using some AV program though to help keep your system clean.

    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Hope this helps.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks for the help Brink, so it seems like Windows Defender can't be disabled like in the old days hahaha, that's okey though.

    Thanks again
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

    Yeah, since it's built into Windows, it can only be turned off.
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