How to turn off real-time protection on Windows 10 in Microsoft Defender

By default, the built-in antivirus software called Microsoft Defender from Windows 10 scans the PC for real-time threats. You may also want to turn it off occasionally either temporarily or if you are using your antivirus program. If you are installing another Windows 10 antivirus program, Windows Defender will turn off its protection in real-time and get out of your way. However, if you don’t have a different antivirus program installed and you want to temporarily turn off the real-time background scanning for Windows Defender, you can. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to turn off real-time protection on Windows 10 in Microsoft Defender.

Turn off real-time protection on Windows 10 in Microsoft Defender

To turn off real-time protection on Windows 10 in Microsoft Defender, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Windows Security in the search box and then click the Windows Defender Security Center option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Windows Defender Security Center option, the following screen will appear.

Click the Virus & threat protection option from the left side of the screen as highlighted in the above image. The right side of the screen will show the following options.

Click the Virus & threat protection settings option as highlighted in the above image. After that, the following screen will show in front of you.

Turn off the Real-time protection toggle button to disable this protection as highlighted in the above image. It will show a warning to leave the device vulnerable as you can see the above image is showing it with a red x mark. Close the Windows Defender Security Center settings and setting will be applied immediately.

You can turn on the real-time protection of Microsoft Defender anytime by turning on the Real-time protection toggle button.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to turn off real-time protection on Windows 10 in Microsoft Defender.

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