This article describes the steps to turn Windows Defender on or off in Windows 10.
Windows Defender is free anti-malware software included with the Windows operating system, and you can update it automatically through Windows Update. It’s a great feature to have when running Windows computers.
You must turn on or enable Windows Defender on your Windows computers even if you have another firewall software enabled and active.
Windows Defender helps protect your computer from authorized access and adds another layer of security in protecting your data and identity from bad actors.
Turn on or off Windows Defender
Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off in Windows 10 computers following the steps below:
- Select the Start button at the bottom left corner.
- Then Select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Firewall & network protection.
- Select a network profile. (you may see three network profiles (Domain network, Private network, and Public network)
- Under Windows Defender Firewall, switch the setting to On.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully turned on | and off Windows 10 Defender. I hope you stay secure!