Support for disabling Windows® Defender

Needs and consequences of disabling Windows® Defender.

Windows® Defender is a real-time protection and monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected and minimizes interruptions. Windows® Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your Windows® enabled computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by adware, malware, spyware and other unwanted malicious software. This program works on Windows® XP & Windows Vista®.

You may encounter various issues with the Microsoft® Windows® Defender application due to which it may need to be disabled. This article explains you the various issues and the associated consequences:

  • Appearance of the error “Service Has Stopped”

  • Windows® Defender Is Taking Long Time To Perform A Full Scan

  • Unable To Start Windows® Defender

Appearance of the error “Service Has Stopped”

If you are using a third party spyware/malware program produced by a vendor other than Microsoft®, then it may disable the Windows® Defender service for its own operational benefit. However, once the software is removed, the Windows® Defender is started again but keeps experiencing “Service has stopped” errors.

In such a scenario you may need to disable the Windows® Defender service manually and restart it again. There are apparently no direct consequences of this act apart from compromising your system security for a short duration. Take care that the system is not connected online while the service is disabled and there is no third party protection as a backup.

Windows® Defender Is Taking Long Time To Perform A Full Scan

Sometimes it may be experienced that the Windows® Defender is taking too long to execute an automatically scheduled scan. This issue primarily occurs due to the existence of a large number of temporary Internet files, cookies, and other temporary files. To resolve this issue, it is recommended to remove all these files and disable and then re-enable the Windows® Defender service before you schedule a scan for the system. The only apparent consequences of the disablement would be that your system would be left exposed to online and network attacks for a fixed duration of time. This should not be a problem though if you are using additional spyware and malware hunter software. Also, updating the definition pack before you perform a full scan to remove the latest spyware would help.

Unable To Start Windows® Defender

Sometimes at system startup you may be alerted to a message that the Windows® Defender service could not be started. This is a very common problem across almost all computing platforms and is caused by a corruption of the registry entries. The only way to correct this is to disable the Windows® Defender manually from the service console and then uninstall the same. The Windows® Defender would then need to be downloaded and re-installed to be functional again on your computer.

A direct consequence of this is that your computer would have to be exposed to online threats while downloading the Windows® Defender and would have no backup protection at that time unless you have additional security solutions.

You will notice a dramatic improvement once the Windows® Defender service is disabled. Though the system performance is positively affected in the short run, it may be adversely impacted in absence of defender security.

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