How To Kill 'Antimalware Service Executable' In Windows 10
How To Kill 'Antimalware Service Executable' In Windows 10

Windows defender runs an antimalware process on the background that continuously checks and protects your system against malware attacks. However, it consumes lots of resources which causes our computer to slow down. So, in this article, we have decided to share some of the best methods kill ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ entirely from Windows 10 computer.

If we look around, we will find that Microsoft’s Windows is right now the most used desktop operating system. Compared to all other desktop operating systems, Windows offers users lots more features. Not just that, but the software availability is also high on Windows compare to any other desktop operating system.

If you have been using Windows operating system for a while, then you might know that Windows is not entirely free from bugs and errors. Not just that, but the operating system is also not entirely secure. However, to deal with security issues, Windows provides users a built-in security tool known as Windows Defender.

Windows defender runs an antimalware process on the background that continuously checks and protects your system against malware attacks. The Microsoft Antimalware Service Executable runs on the background and consumes lots of RAM and CPU resources.

Although Antimalware Service Executable is a necessary process that secures the system, it consumes lots of resources which causes our computer to slow down. What’s worst is that users can’t directly ‘End Task’ the Antimalware Service Executable from the task manager.

How To Kill ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ In Windows 10

So, in this article, we have decided to share some of the best methods kill ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ entirely from Windows 10 computer. So, let’s know how to stop Antimalware Service Executable from Windows 10.

#1 Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor

Since the ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ is associated with Windows defender, we need to disable the Windows Defender from the Registry Editor. Although Windows Defender can be disabled from the Settings, it still runs some process on the background. So, here’s how to disable Windows defender from the Registry Editor.

Step 1. First of all, open the Run Dialog box and type in ‘regedit’

Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor
Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor

Step 2. Now head to the following path – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor
Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor

Step 3. In the next step, right click on the Windows Defender and choose New > DWORD.

Step 4. You need to double click on the newly created DWORD and name it ‘DisableAntiSpyware’ and set the value to 1.

Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor
Disable Windows Defender From The Registry Editor

#2 Stop ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ from Group Policy Editor

Well, if the registry method failed to stop the ‘Antimalware Service Executable’. Then, you can consider this method. In this method, users need to make changes to the Group Policy Editor to kill the process.

Step 1. Open the RUN dialog box and type in ‘gpedit.msc’

Stop 'Antimalware Service Executable' from Group Policy Editor
Stop ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ from Group Policy Editor

Step 2. On the Group Policy Editor, head to the following path – Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Defender Antivirus/Real-time Protection. From the right-hand side menu, double click on the ‘Turn off real-time protection’

Stop 'Antimalware Service Executable' from Group Policy Editor
Stop ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ from Group Policy Editor

Step 3. In the next window, select ‘Enabled’ and click on ‘Apply’.

Stop 'Antimalware Service Executable' from Group Policy Editor
Stop ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ from Group Policy Editor

#3 Disable Scheduled Tasks

Well, to ensure proper security and protection, Windows Defender has few tasks scheduled. Since it’s scheduled to start at a given time, users don’t get the option to end the ‘Antimalware Service Executable’. So, in this method, users need to disable every scheduled task associated with Windows defender to kill ‘Antimalware Service Executable’

Step 1. First of all, open the Windows 10 search menu and search for ‘Task Scheduler’

Disable Scheduled Tasks
Disable Scheduled Tasks

Step 2. In the next step, head to the following path – Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender.

Disable Scheduled Tasks
Disable Scheduled Tasks

Step 3. You will see 4 scheduled tasks. Right click on all of them and select ‘Disable’

Disable Scheduled Tasks
Disable Scheduled Tasks

#4 Install Any Other Antivirus tool

Well, Windows defender runs when your system doesn’t have any third-party security tool. Windows Defender won’t run side by side with any third-party software. So, if the methods mentioned above failed to disable the ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ from the Task Manager, then you need to install a third-party antivirus.

Install Any Other Antivirus tool
Install Any Other Antivirus tool

Third party security tools like Malwarebytes, Kaspersky Security is more powerful and capable than the default Windows Defender. For a complete list of security tools, check out our article.

So, these are the four best methods to fix the ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ from Windows 10. If you know any other method to fix the problem, let us know in the comment box below.



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Amarnath Chakraborty
Amarnath Chakraborty is the content writer at Tech Viral. He writes/edits about how-to tips, tutorials especially on Social Networks, Android, iPhone, Computer, Internet etc.

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