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Error when trying to disable Windows Defender

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    Error when trying to disable Windows Defender


    I'm trying to disable Windows Defender so it is not running in the background and using resources. I get this error when I hit the save changes button. I can't find any information on this error.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8.1
    Version 6.3.9600 Build 9600
    System ASUS-Notebook
    Processor Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2394 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 12.0 GB
    HD Size 910.06 GB 5400 RPM
    Adapter RAM (2,147,483,648) bytes
    Display 15 in.
    Resolution 1920 x 1080 x 59 hertz
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
    BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. N56JR.204, 10/31/2013

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    Try disabling from Control Panel, Windows Defender. Click on Settings tab then uncheck:

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    I'm not sure if I'm following you. In my screenshot I've done the same thing you're suggesting I believe. Are you saying access defender through the control panel? I don't see anything in control panel about windows defender. Even after using search in control panel it produced no results.
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    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Running without an antivirus is not advisable nor recommended as it presents a huge security risk for you.

    After seeing your specs, Windows Defender shouldn't even phase your system at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    Running without an antivirus is not advisable nor recommended as it presents a huge security risk for you.

    After seeing your specs, Windows Defender shouldn't even phase your system at all.
    Never said I wasn't using any anti malware. I just don't want to use windows defender. I'm using a gaming machine and I want all my resources available. I'd like to choose what and when it runs on my machine. Not MS.
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    Any ideas on the what is causing this the error in my original post?

    Thank you,
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    Thanks ztruker.

    I do have that box unchecked in your screenshot. Following the steps in your link I've searched again in control panel and I do not have an icon for Windows Defender.

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    Hmmm, mine has it:

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    If you have it, see if gpedit can add it to the Control Panel: Hide, Show, Add, Remove Specified Control Panel Applets in Windows 8 | 7

    Although the above appears to be a way to hide all except the ones you want. Rats.
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