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Turning Windows Defender ON and OFF in all Windows Versions

As incidents of data theft, cyber crime, and information hacking are increasing at a rapid rate, Microsoft has acknowledged spyware threat with the launch of Windows Defender for Windows XP and Windows 7. Then, it offered an enhanced version of Defender in Windows 8 with Microsoft’s free antivirus program and Defender into one package. The same thing is also available with Windows 10. It was probable that the two will conflict with each other and cause some performance problems. That is why Microsoft offered users an option to turn off Defender while installing the trial version of a security suite on a new PC or laptop.

Even if users fail to activate trial of other anti-viruses, then Defender won’t automatically enable itself and leave you on the mercy of malware attack. Windows Defender shields laptops and desktops from spyware and unwanted programs. Following are special 7-steps that you can use in order to help you easily turn on or off Windows Defender in Windows 10, 8, XP, Vista and 7.


  1. First of all, type Defender in the Start menu. Click on Windows Defender should appear in the list to launch the program. If Windows Defender is already running, you will see the main window. In this case, you can directly skip to step 5.
  2. If you see a message showing that Defender is turned off and doesn’t offer relevant protection, then search for Action Center in the Start menu and run it.
  3. Click on the Security tab in Action Center for checking which program is handling spyware and unwanted software protection. If you want to enable Defender, use the Control Panel to uninstall Defender first. In Windows 10, you need to open the Control Panel and go to System and Security > Security and Maintenance to find installation of other antivirus program. Then, uninstall it. Type Defender in the Start menu after you uninstall existing antivirus program. If it’s turned off, click on Windows Defender to turn it on.
  4. Update spyware definitions that are outdated by clicking the Check for Updates button.
  5. You will see a nice green bar after you download update. It means that Defender is up to date and protecting your PC.
  6. Click the Tools link and on Real-time protection. Make sure it is enabled and select available options that run on the computer. Simply enable all the options. Also find the Settings app under Update and Security.

With these simple suggestions, you are likely to get your choice solutions. If you are not satisfied, then getting Windows technical support from Windows support center can make things happen in your favour.

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