How to Disable Windows Defender on your computer using PowerShell

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system comes pre-installed with Microsoft Defender Antivirus software that protects your computer from viruses, ransomware, spyware, rootkits, and other such attacks.

Although the service is meant for protection, sometimes it becomes a hindrance to a particular task even when it’s safe. There’s also a possibility that you are using another premium software for security and protection.

In such cases, you need to disable the built-in Microsoft Defender application on your computer. While you can do so through Settings, in this step-by-step guide, we will show how you can quickly disable the Defender app in Windows 10 operating system using Microsoft PowerShell.

Disable Windows Defender using PowerShell

Step 1: First of all, open PowerShell on your computer. For this, open the Start menu and search for “PowerShell” and from the search results, right-click on the app and click on “Run as administrator” option.

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Step 2: Now, in the PowerShell window, enter the following command:

Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $true

Once you run the command, the Windows Defender Anti-Virus protections service will be disabled on your Windows 10 computer.

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However, if you want to enable the service on your device, open PowerShell on your computer and then enter the following command:

Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $false

There are several other advanced usages of PowerShell and managing your Windows 10 computer. We will be covering a few more guides on the usage of PowerShell to customization your system and make it better suitable to your needs.