How to Fix Windows Defender is turned off by Group Policy

It seems you are getting the error “Windows Defender is turned off by Group Policy” while trying to turn off a defender antivirus from settings.

[Solved] Windows Defender is turned off by Group Policy

Windows defender free inbuilt antivirus security program installed with windows 7, windows 8, and Windows 10. You might want to disable windows defender if using any other antivirus software so using more than antivirus is a bad idea and can slow your pc. Windows defender removes many software due to suspicious virus activity but some time legit tools also can’t install while Windows defender enabled.

If you are unable to install any software because of windows defender enabled then you must turn off windows defender to install any programs. Disable defender software can temporarily from control panel but if you getting an error “Windows Defender is Turned off by Group Policy”  then it must be disabled control from group policy settings first.

You can permanently disable windows defender antivirus if you already suing third-party antivirus programs that work perfectly to secure your data.

How to Turn off windows defender?

Disable windows defender antivirus from group policy are simple steps. You can use this method to turn off a defender from Group policy in windows 7, windows 8.1 as well as Windows 10. You can not enable and disable defender antivirus is it is managed by group policy until completely disable windows defender from group policy settings.

Open Windows Group Policy

Press Windows Key+ R button to open Run command windows

Type  gpedit.msc and press the OK button to open local group policy editor.

Now go Computer configuration- Administrator template- Windows components- Windows Defender

windows defender turned off by group policy

To turn off antivirus now find the option “Turn off windows defender” and double click to open settings.

Turn off Windows defender

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Select the disabled option and press the Apply OK button to save settings.

How To Uninstall, Disable, and Remove Windows Defender


Now open Windows Defender antivirus and run scan or enable disable for temporary deactivation.

You can also disable antivirus from windows security settings in windows 10 and lower versions.

How to Disable Windows Defender Antivirus with Windows Security?

Simple Step to stop windows defender from windows security settings need to access security settings from the start menu.

Go to control panel – Windows defender-  Settings gear


Search Windows Defender settings in the start menu.

Turn off Real-Time Protection

How to permanently disable Windows Defender Antivirus


 Another way to disable windows antivirus

Open Start menu.

  1. Search for Windows Security and click the same option in the search result.
  2. Click on Virus & threat protection option.
  3. Under the “Virus & threat protection settings” section, go to the Manage settings
  4. Now turn off the Real-time Protection option as shown above image.


Do not disable Windows antivirus protection if you are not using any third-party antivirus software to protect your data from viruses.

Defender is free antivirus software that protects your computer from harmful files and viruses. Apart from windows antivirus, you can also get many free antivirus software that provides you real-time protection for your data without slow down your pc speed.

Download Windows Defender updates

Final Word

Windows defender one of the best free anti-malware and security programs for Windows operating systems. Windows Defender is a Microsoft free antivirus software that inbuilt with windows installation package and keeps protect data. Avoid disable defender antivirus if no other antivirus software installed in your pc.

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