How to stop Antimalware Service Executable in Windows 10

Madalina Dinita
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  • The Antimalware Service Executable is a Windows Defender process from Windows 10.
  • Many independent tests confirmed Windows Defender is one of the best antivirus tools for PC, so you can fully rely on it.
  • If the Antimalware Service Executable uses too many resources, you can stop it using the Registry Editor.
  • You can also stop this process by using a command-line tool as shown in our guide below.
How to stop Antimalware Service Executable in Windows 10
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4. Disable Windows Defender

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. From the menu on the left select Windows Security.
  3. Now in the right pane click on Open Windows Security.
  4. A new window will now appear. Select Virus & threat protection.Antimalware Service Executable high disk usage Win 10
  5. Choose Virus & threat protection settings.
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  6. Disable Real-time protection. If you want, you can disable all other options on this page as well.

If you’re having problems with Antimalware Service Executable, you might be able to solve them by disabling Windows Defender.

After doing that, Windows Defender will be disabled and you won’t have any more problems with Antimalware Service Executable.


Are you having trouble opening the Setting app? Take a look at this article to solve the issue.


5. Delete the Windows Defender folder

  1. Navigate to C:Program Files directory and locate Windows Defender folder.
  2. Take ownership of Windows Defender folder.
  3. Now delete Windows Defender directory.

According to users, they managed to fix the problem with Antimalware Service Executable simply by deleting the Windows Defender folder.

We have to mention that Windows Defender is a core component of Windows, and by deleting it you can cause other issues to appear, so you’re deleting this directory at your own risk.

Before you delete the directory, it’s a good idea to create a backup of your files and a System Restore point so that you can easily restore your PC if anything goes wrong.

After removing this folder, Windows Defender will be deleted from your PC, and your issue should be resolved.

Keep in mind that Windows Update will install Windows Defender again after every update, so you’ll need to repeat this process after every update.

Deleting core Windows components is a risky solution intended for advanced users, and we’re not responsible for any new issues that can appear after deleting the Windows Defender folder.

As we mentioned already, in order to delete the folder, you first have to take ownership of the Windows Defender folder. If you don’t know how to do that, we’ve prepared a dedicated guide to help you.

If you’re interested in more info on how to create a restore point and how would that help you, take a look at this simple article to find out everything you need to know.


6. Stop the Windows Defender service

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog. Now enter services.msc and press Enter or click OK.
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  2. The Services window will now appear. Double click the Windows Defender Antivirus Service to open its properties.
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  3. Set the Startup type to Automatic and click the Stop button to stop the service.
  4. Now click Apply and OK to save the changes.

If you’re having problems with Antimalware Service Executable, you might be able to solve the issue simply by disabling Windows Defender service.

After you disable this service, the problem should be completely resolved.


7. Disable scheduled tasks

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter task scheduler. Now choose Task Scheduler from the menu.
  2. In the left pane navigate to Task Scheduler Library, select Microsoft, then Windows, and choose Windows Defender.
  3. In the right pane, you should see 4 tasks available. Select all four tasks and disable them. Some users are suggesting deleting them, so you might want to try that as well.
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Once you disable these tasks, the problem with Antimalware Service Executable should be completely resolved.

For Windows Defender to work properly, certain tasks had to be scheduled, and that can cause problems with Antimalware Service Executable. You can fix the issue simply by disabling the scheduled tasks.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Task Scheduler, take a look at this article.


Task Scheduler is not running on your Windows 10 PC? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


Even if you choose to turn off Windows Defender, don’t leave your system unprotected. You can use any of the antivirus software options that we mentioned above.

If you have any more suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.

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GUYS a quick tip
when you go to group policy editor
go to computer configuration ,administrative templates ,windows componts then ,microsoft defender antivirus not windows defender antivirus ,real-time protection 😁
thank me later

I’m still struggling with msmpeng.exe eating my whole disk at 100%, plus memory. it’s the ms devil! can’t stop it, can´t remove it, CAN’T RESCHEDULE IT! I NEED TO USE MY COMPUTER, BUT IT TAKES UP FULL CONTROL. PLEASE, IS THERE SOMEONE TO PROVIDE ACCURATE ADVICE?

I’m not sure about anyone else but for me it doesn’t say “Windows Defender Antivirus”. Instead it shows up as “Microsoft Defender Antivirus”. Just letting you know in case anyone has the same thing.

This disabled windows defender on my computer but antimalware service executable is still taking up all of my disk and half of my ram