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Request: Windows Defender always active?

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    Request: Windows Defender always active?


    Alright, so a while back, I had a nasty encounter with a virus which crippled my main PC, including deactivating my OEM license for Windows 8, as well as somehow forcing Windows Defender to be disabled.

    Upon clearing out the virus, I had stumbled across a method for preventing Windows Defender from being disabled.

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    I'm not sure how I originally did this, but I would like to duplicate this action, because it improves the security of the computer by preventing Windows Defender from being disabled by a virus or other malicious program.

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    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Never heard of one, as a virus yes can disable you Anti-Virus, even sometimes can be fake notification that it is turned off by a virus.
    Read more in few articles, but i believe picture you show is to only enable admin to make changes to Windows Defender. If that worried about more viruses, either add Malwarebytes to system or get a better complete Internet security. One article shows way to run Windows Defender offline if this happens again.

    What is Windows Defender Offline? - Windows Help
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    I'm not sure if this is done by secpol.msc or gpedit.msc. There may even be a regedit.msc option, but either way, it prevents the Turn On This App from being unchecked in Windows Defender's Administrator page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverhand92 View Post
    I'm not sure if this is done by secpol.msc or gpedit.msc. There may even be a regedit.msc option, but either way, it prevents the Turn On This App from being unchecked in Windows Defender's Administrator page.
    First 2 bring you to the Local Group Policy editor, not sure myself, see no info online about it. Third you mentioned is registry but not brought up that way, just regedit at run. Still feel may not stop a virus from disabling it or sending fake disable notice to you. I do not use Defender to even try in Policy editor as i use separate AV Security suite.

    For one Windows Defender alone is not that good at protecting you.
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    Try help menu through Local Group policy, i see nothing for Windows defender, but do for Firewall.
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    Solved!

    Location at: gpedit.msc -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Components -> Windows Defender -> Turn Windows Defender Off : Disabled

    This prevents users / programs from disabling Windows Defender, as Windows forces this rule into the system upon startup. This can also be configured for individual users, rather than from the computer by changing Computer Configuration to User Configuration and following the same steps to Windows Components etc.

    Thanks for the help.
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    From what i see this only enables it and disables it. Even shown in Ten Forums. Not sure going to be permanent if even say put another AV on.
    Solved Permanently Disable Windows Defender? - Windows 10 Forums
    Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums


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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    If that worried about more viruses, either add Malwarebytes to system or get a better complete Internet security.

    Personal opinion only and with due respect. I would not trust any app, etc to insure any AV could not be disabled.

    Above quote is sage advice.
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