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Get rid of Windows defender!


What's the problem?

My Mexican colleague called me last night and asked me to help out a colleague, this involved using a dodgy piece of software which is very old, (I wont explain further 😂). But to run it on a modern Windows Server is almost impossible. The host detects the software as being infected (It may well be, but I’ve never suffered from it). Therefore I had to keep the software in a password protected Zip file and only extract it on a Virtual machine that I did’t mind sacrificing. I needed to temporarily stop Windows Defender completely including its real time protection 😂 for a couple of minutes. This can't be done with a simple click unfortunately!

Hint: Standard warning, disabling Windows defender on a production machine is not a good idea, (without another 3rd party anti virus/anti malware product.) How to do it? To get defender stopped open an administrative PowerShell Window, and execute the following command; Set-MpPreference -DisableRealTimeMonitoring $true

You can re-enable it simply by typing:

Set-MpPreference -DisableRealTimeMonitoring $false

Other Options To Disable Window Defender

You can disable Defender using the following group Policy;

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus > Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus > Set to Enabled

Or by setting the this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Create a new DWORD (32 bit) called DisableAntiSpyware and set its value to ‘1’.

How To Remove Windows Defender ?

If you started reading this article in order to get rid of the spoofy Windows Defender you can achieve this goal by typing:

Uninstall-WindowsFeature Windows-Defender

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