Windows defender, also known as Microsoft security essential is a built-in anti virus software comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Most of the users stick with it because they believe Microsoft would have built a great product. Unfortunately the recent news from Microsoft would be shocking for them. Recently Microsoft said that Windows defender is a ‘baseline’ protection only and they highly recommend to install any third party protection antivirus software on your computer. Before install a third party antivirus software, here is the way on how to remove windows defender on Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.
We can’t remove Windows defender like other programs in Windows 8.1 control panel, because it’s a built-in service. Also, when you try to install other third party antivirus software on Windows 8.1, it will detect the running Widows defender and disable it automatically. But its always recommended to disable Windows defender on Windows 8.1 manually before install other third party antivirus applications.
Steps on How to Remove Windows Defender on Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.
As said earlier it can’t be removed or uninstalled, instead you should stop/disable the service.
1) Go to search ( in Windows charm bar) and type defender and click on it.
2) Once Windows defender is opened, I’m sure it will be green because it is running currently. Go to ‘Settings’ tab and select ‘Administrator’.
Remove the tick from ‘Turn on this app’ to remove windows defender on Windows 8.1.
Make sure to save the changes, a warning message will appear as below and Windows defender screen will be changed to red.
That’s it, we have successfully removed Windows defender on Windows 8.1 (also in Windows 8).
How to Re-enable or Start Windows Defender in Windows 8.1
By any chance if you have changed your mind to re-enable or start the Windows defender on Windows 8.1 again, follow these steps.
You can’t use the same above method to re-enable Windows defender, because when the service is running, the MS security essential console will not open.
Usually when Windows defender stopped and non of the third party antivirus software are installed on your computer, you will be getting a warning message from action center as shown below.
Right click on the action center warning message and turn on spyware protection or anti virus protection. This will restart/re enable Windows defender on Windows 8.1