Turn off Windows Defender

This policy setting turns off Windows Defender.

If you enable this policy setting, Windows Defender does not run, and computers are not scanned for malware or other potentially unwanted software.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, by default Windows Defender runs and computers are scanned for malware and other potentially unwanted software.

Supported on: At least Windows Vista
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
Value NameDisableAntiSpyware
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

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