How to turn off Microsoft Defender antivirus using Policy

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is still available in Windows 11. It is a crucial part of your next-generation protection in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

This protection is built into Windows and works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint to protect your computer and in the cloud. Microsoft security includes protected such as Controlled Access to Folders, real-time protection, and ransomware protection.

When you block Microsoft Defender Antivirus, files are not scanned, and threats are not fixed. Therefore, in general, Microsoft recommends that you do not disable or remove Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

In order to turn off Microsoft Defender Antivirus, you must be logged on as an administrator, and tamper protection must be disabled.

Turn off Microsoft Defender antivirus via policy in Windows 11

You can disable Microsoft Defender antivirus in several ways. You can temporarily disable protection or permanently disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus via a policy in local group policy (gpedit.msc).

Right-click on the Start button. Click on Run from the menu. In the execute window type: gpedit.msc.

Open gpedit msc in Windows 11

In the Local Group Policy open on the left side the following structure.

Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Double click on the “Turn off Microsoft Defender antivirus” value and set the value to “Enabled”. Then click Apply and then OK. Finally, close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your computer.

Turn off Microsoft Defender antivirus using policy

Follow the steps below if you wish to re-enable Windows Defender antivirus via a policy.

In the Local Group Policy, open on the left side the following structure.

Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Double click on the “Turn off Microsoft Defender antivirus” value and set the value to “Not configured”. Then click Apply and then OK.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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