Click Virus & threat protection on the left side. Click Manage settings under Virus & threat protection settings. Real-time protection should be switched on by default. If real-time protection is off, click the toggle to turn it on.
How do I force real-time protection off?
Open Windows Defender Security Center. Click Virus & threat protection. Click the Virus & threat protection settings option. Turn off the Real-time protection toggle switch.
How do I turn off real-time protection greyed out?
Choose Windows Defender located on the left side. Under Real-time protection toggle the switch to enable or disable. Changes will be saved automatically. If the switch is greyed out and unable to be changed, Windows Defender may already be disabled due to another antivirus program being installed on the computer.
Does real-time protection slow down computer?
There’s an old theory that antivirus can slow your computer down by 50%. While this may have once been true, it’s no longer a reality. However, your antivirus will have some effect on the overall speed of your device. It’s frustrating when you arm your computer with security tools and then the speed takes a nosedive.
How do I turn off real-time protection without administrator?
How To Disable Windows Defender Real-Time Protection
- Click Start.
- Type Windows Defender Settings and click on the top result.
- Under the heading Real-time protection, slide the toggle to Off.
Can I use Windows Defender as my only antivirus?
Using Windows Defender as a standalone antivirus, while much better than not using any antivirus at all, still leaves you vulnerable to ransomware, spyware, and advanced forms of malware that can leave you devastated in the event of an attack.
Why is my Windows Defender antivirus turned off?
If Windows Defender is turned off, this may be because you have another antivirus app installed on your machine (check Control Panel, System and Security, Security and Maintenance to make sure). You should turn off and uninstall this app before running Windows Defender to avoid any software clashes.
What is real-time antivirus protection?
Real-time protection means that you need to be protected when you are using the computer at any time. You cannot wait for the scan to take place automatically and you cannot depend on manual scans. If malware hits your system, Windows Defender needs to be aware that a malware event is taking place and take action.
How do I turn on real-time protection as administrator?
In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Defender Antivirus > Real-time Protection.
How do I disable spyware and unwanted software protection?
You need to open the Control Panel (but not the Settings app), and head to System and Security > Security and Maintenance. Here, underneath the same heading (Spyware and unwanted software protection’), you will be able to choose Windows Defender. But again, make sure you uninstall any existing software first.
Why can’t I change Windows Defender settings?
How do I fix Windows Defender when it can’t change settings?
- Enable Windows Firewall services.
- Make sure Windows 10 is up to date.
- Reset Windows update components.
- Configure Background Intelligence Transfer Service.
- Disable third-party antivirus software.
- Initiate a security scan and remove infected files.