Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender protection pre-installed. It can protect you from malicious programs and other undesired apps if you keep it regularly updated. But when there are much better and efficient anti-virus products are available, why would you limit yourself to the security provided by Windows Defender? I personally use AVG free anti-virus on one of my desktop computers running Windows 10 and avast! anti-virus on another notebook computer (also running on Windows 10). In fact, there are several paid and free anti-virus solutions available that have many more features and perhaps better protections than Windows Defender. You can install any of these anti-virus solutions and disable Windows Defender in Windows 10. Here is how:
- First of all download and install any of the anti-virus solutions available for Windows 10. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where your PC is without any protection. You can find the links to all the anti-virus products listed at https://www.virustotal.com/en/about/credits/. If you are confused, then just install avast! free anti-virus.
- Press Win+R hotkey to open Run dialog. Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog and press Enter. This wil open Group Policy Editor.
- In the Group Policy Editor, select Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Defender.
- On the right-side panel, double-click on Turn of Windows Defender policy setting.
- In the policy property window that shows up, select Enabled and then click OK to save the settings.
- That’s it. Now you can restart Windows so that any running Windows Defender modules can be removed from system memory.
Choosing an anti-virus product for your PC is like shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes for yourself. One type and size of shoes do not fit all. Similarly, you should find an anti-virus product that fits your requirements and that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. If you decide to go with a non-Microsoft product, you can safely disable Windows Defender using the group policies.