Windows 10 Tutorials 152 – Windows Defender Real-time Protection

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of this new operating system by Microsoft.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows Defender real-time protection in Windows 10.

Windows Defender as the name suggest is an antispyware that also helps defend your computer against by removing viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Windows Defender is built into Windows 10 and is updated regularly by Microsoft using Windows Updates.

Windows Defender provides real-time protection and keeps on working in background. Whenever any app tries to make changes to system settings or a malicious software tries to execute itself, Windows Defender will prompt you about it. If you have a antivirus software installed on your system, then you may want to disable real-time protection. Here’s how:

Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection From Settings app:

  1. Open the Settings app, and click on the Update & security option.
  2. From the options on the left hand side, click on Windows Defender.
  3. To turn On real time protections, in the right side panel push the toggle right underneath Real-time protection.
  4. To turn Off real time protections, in the right side panel push the toggle left underneath Real-time protection.
  5. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
    Windows Defender Real-time Protection

Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection From app Itself:

  1. Open Control Panel (small icons view) and click on Windows Defender.
    Windows Defender Real-time Protection
  2. Click on the Home tab.
  3. Click on the Settings button.
  4. To turn On real time protections, in the right side panel push the toggle right underneath Real-time protection.
  5. To turn Off real time protections, in the right side panel push the toggle left underneath Real-time protection.
  6. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
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