How do I enable/disable Windows Defender?

Windows Defender is Microsoft’s built-in antivirus and malware protection suite that is included in most Windows operating systems. It is designed to protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Enabling Windows Defender is easy and can be done in a few simple steps:

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Select System and Security.

3. Find Windows Defender in the list of available items.

4. Select Turn on Windows Defender or Turn off Windows Defender.

5. If you choose to turn on Windows Defender, click on the slider bar to enable it.

6. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.

Alternatively, you can also enable Windows Defender from the Settings menu. To do this, open the Start menu, select Settings and then click on Update & Security. Under the Windows Security section, click Open Windows Defender and then click the slider to enable Windows Defender.

Disabling Windows Defender is a bit more complex. You can either disable it through the Control Panel or the registry editor.

1. To disable Windows Defender through the Control Panel, open the Control Panel, select System and Security, select Windows Defender and then click on the slider to disable the program.

2. To disable Windows Defender through the registry editor, open the Start menu and type “regedit” into the search box. This will open the Registry Editor. Find the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows Defender and set the value of DisableAntiSpyware to 1.

Once you have disabled Windows Defender, you should restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If you ever need to re-enable Windows Defender, you can easily do so either through the Control Panel or the registry editor. Just follow the same steps as above, but instead of disabling it, you’ll want to enable it.