Windows Defender is a built-in anti-spyware and anti-malware program included in Windows 8, it is not that proficient as compared to the other third-party anti-spyware applications that are specifically designed and developed for the purpose. In simple words, Windows Defender is not enough to keep the Windows 8 computer safe and secure from malware and spyware.
Enabling or disabling Windows Defender after installing any other third-party anti-malware or anti-spyware application depends on the administrators’ individual preferences, or on the security policies that the organization in which they work has.
How to Disable Windows Defender Service Manually in Windows 8
In order to disable Windows Defender Service manually in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed by the administrators:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account on which Windows Defender service is to be disabled manually.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop window.
- Once on the desktop screen, press Windows + R keys simultaneously to initiate the Run command box.
- On the Run command box, in the available field, type SERVICES.MSC command, and press Enter key.
- On the opened Services snap-in, locate the Windows Defender Service from the right pane.
- Once located, double-click the service.
- On the Windows Defender Service Properties box, make sure that General tab is selected.
- Once on the selected tab, click Stop to turn off the service.
- Being on the same tab, select Disabled option from the Startup type drop-down list to disable the Windows Defender service permanently.
- Click OK to save the modified settings.
- Close Services snap-in when done.
- Once done, restart the computer if required in order to allow the modified changes to take effect.