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Microsoft Defender is an essential security tool preinstalled on the Windows 11 operating system. The security suite is fully baked into the operating system to protect your system from malware, but not everyone likes it. Would you prefer to install an alternative antivirus/antispyware to kick Microsoft Defender to the curb? We have two options: temporarily disable the real-time scanning component of the security suite or disable the entire suite long-term in favor of a competing app.

Temporarily Disable Microsoft Defender Real-time Antivirus Protection

If you want a relatively easy way to disable Microsoft Defender’s real-time scanning engine, we have you covered with the following steps:

1. Click on the Start menu and search for the Windows Security app.

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2. Once in the Windows Security app, click on Virus & threat protection.

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3. Select Manage settings under Virus & threat and protection settings.

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4. You’ll see a button for Real-time protection; turn it off.

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5. Turning off Real-time protection will present a red X and a warning message about your computer being vulnerable to attacks.

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Remember, this only temporarily disables real-time antivirus protection. Microsoft warns that potentially harmful apps and files downloaded from the Internet are not scanned when real-time protection is disabled. However, scans already scheduled for your system will continue unabated.

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