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    How does one shut defender off permanently in win 10? Group policy does not work, turns back on with next restart. Win10 pro 21h2 any help would be appreciated

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    • #2430490

      Give Defender Control a try.

      You can find the details for it and a link to download it at:


    • #2430498

      If you install another anti-virus program, Microsoft Defender will stand down.

      Find a reputable software anti-virus package.

      On permanent hiatus {with backup and coffee}
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      • #2430508

        What he said.  You really want to use one that turns off defender as it’s the best then for dealing with updates and with Windows in general.  If you have an a/v that does not sense that it’s boss, you don’t want that.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

        • #2430512

          I installed Malwarebytes corporate on my computer ,it is up and running properly but defender will not shut off. The last time I tried to use group policy it seemed to work, maybe because I was not connected to the net and I powered off instead of restart. hopefully this works will let you know thanks

        • #2430533

          How do you know Defender is not off?

          cheers, Paul

    • #2430648

      You can have defender off (providing you installed another A/V) and yet configure Defender to run scheduled scans.

    • #2430655

      Is limited periodic scanning turned on?

      Limited periodic scanning is a special type of threat detection and remediation that can be enabled when you have installed another antivirus product on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.


      Microsoft does not recommend using this feature in enterprise environments. This is a feature primarily intended for consumers.

      microsoft documentation

      Win 10 home - 22H2
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