How do I stop Windows Defender from scanning itself?

Answered by Tom Adger

To stop Windows Defender from scanning itself, you can disable the real-time scanning feature. Follow these steps:

1. Open the Virus & threat protection application: You can do this by clicking on the Start menu and typing “Virus & threat protection” in the search bar. Click on the application when it appears in the search results.

2. Manage settings: In the Virus & threat protection settings, you will find an option called “Manage settings.” Click on it to access the configuration options.

3. Disable real-time protection: Under the Virus & threat protection settings, you will see a toggle switch for “Real-time protection.” By default, it should be turned on. Click on the toggle switch to turn it off. This action will disable Windows Defender from running automatically and scanning itself.

4. Confirm your action: After turning off real-time protection, you might receive a confirmation prompt asking if you want to proceed. Simply click OK to confirm your decision.

Once you have completed these steps, Windows Defender will no longer scan itself in real-time. It’s important to note that while real-time protection is disabled, your computer may be more vulnerable to malware and other threats. Therefore, it is recommended to have an alternative antivirus solution or to periodically manually scan your system using Windows Defender or another reliable antivirus program.

By turning off real-time scanning, you are taking control of when and how Windows Defender scans your system. This can be useful in certain situations, such as when you are performing resource-intensive tasks that can be affected by constant scanning. However, it is important to regularly update and scan your system to ensure it remains protected against the latest threats.

It’s worth mentioning that this answer is based on my knowledge and expertise as a language model AI assistant. My response may not reflect personal experiences or situations, as I am an AI and do not have personal experiences. However, I strive to provide detailed and accurate information to the best of my abilities.