How to Manually Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Home
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For every feature that makes Windows 10 awesome, there are a handful of other features that will turn you away from it altogether. Seriously, we’re not kidding. There are so many annoying issues in Windows 10 and it’s amazing how little Microsoft seems to care.

One of the bigger complaints is that Windows Defender can’t be disabled if you have Windows 10 Home. You can disable it temporarily, but it will automatically turn itself back on after a while. It does so for your own safety, of course, but it turns out that Windows Defender isn’t that great.

So what can you do about it?

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One option is to upgrade from Home to Professional. Windows 10 Pro has the Local Group Policy Editor which will allow you to disable Windows Defender for good. Unfortunately, the upgrade costs $99.

The other option is to install a third-party security suite. As long as the security suite is compatible, Windows Defender will detect it and disable itself. Windows 10 doesn’t care what you use to protect yourself as long as your system is protected by something.

Compatible security suites include:

  • 360
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Avira
  • BitDefender
  • Comodo
  • FortiClient
  • Kaspersky
  • Norton
  • Panda
  • PCKeeper
  • Total Defense
  • Webroot
  • ZoneAlarm

Not sure which one to use? Here’s our overview of reputable free antivirus solutions for Windows 10.

Which security suite do you like the best? Which ones do you absolutely hate? Share your opinions with us down in the comments!

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  1. M.C. Kaplan
    February 27, 2017 at 12:57 am

    My best choice is Eset Internet Security 2017, one of the best ones to protect desktops and laptops other devices with it.

  2. Anonymous
    April 24, 2016 at 2:30 am

    "The other option is to install a third-party security suite. As long as the security suite is compatible, Windows Defender will detect it and disable itself."
    In other words, Windows Defender is smart enough that you *can't* leave your PC *completely* unprotected. So what's the problem? Anyone who's stupid enough to think "I don't need antivirus/antimalware" is just part of the problem: their PC *will* get compromised and turned into a spambot.

    • Joel Lee
      April 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Yeah you're right Howard, Windows is just trying to protect you. Then again, I guess some just think that Windows Defender isn't any good to begin with, so might as well disable it. I can sympathize with both sides.