How to Modify Windows Defender for Compatibility Issues with Security Software

If your security programs and anti-malware software are fighting with each other, here’s how to help them get along a bit better …

If you are running a full security suite to protect against malware, there are often compatibility issues between certain anti-malware software and the built-in Windows Defender. Windows Defender is a standard part of Windows 7 and it cannot actually be uninstalled, but it can be disabled if it is interfering with your security suite.

I am not stating that you should disable Windows Defender, just that you can and the method for doing so is presented here. If, for some reason, you do not have a comprehensive anti-malware suite, please do not disable Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials. This information is for users running a full security suite and facing issues with Windows Defender wasting resources or interfering with primary anti-malware operations. Windows Defender can actually a good thing and this article is not stating that it is bad and must be disabled.

The basic rule is that if you are running a good anti-malware program, other anti-malware programs conflict with it in certain ways so you only run one, not two or three. In this case, the PC being used as an example is running excellent anti-malware software and, as it turns out, Windows Defender has disabled the manual scan option for that security software. This is how you can disable Windows Defender easily and potentially remedy such problems.

Open Windows Defender by typing the name in the search box at the Start menu and then press enter. Again, do not disable this if this is your only protection and you are not using other anti-malware.

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Go to Tools at the top menu and click Options. Click Administrator. You will have to be using the Administrator account. If prompted for an administrator password, provide it.

Uncheck the box next to “Use this program” and then click the Save button. You will now see a message that the program has been turned off.

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That is all there is to it. If you want to turn Windows Defender on again, simply open the program the same way and click on the “click here to turn it on” link in the “this program is turned off” window on startup.. If you want to ensure that it never gets turned on again, open the Services panel through the Control Panel and find Windows Defender. You may also type “services.msc” in the start menu and then find Windows Defender in the list and double-click it. Now change the Startup type to Disabled.

Next, click Apply and Windows Defender will not turn on by default for any reason. You can reset this in the future if you need to. Remember, this article is in no way stating that this is something you have to do, just that you can do it. The decision is yours. Be certain that your computer is protected against malware with a high quality, Windows 7 compatible anti-malware suite. To learn more about compatible security programs for Windows 7, visit the Microsoft website.

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