How do I uninstall windows defender from windows 10

I am using another AV program, trying to uninstall windows defender and it won't let me, can't find it in programs and can't stop the damn program what a pain, anyone else know how to do this?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
It can be disabled, but not uninstalled. It's been baked into the OS since Windows 8.
TRIBAuthor Commented:
how can it be disabled?
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Defender will reactivate itself unless you use gpedit.msc - comp. Config - windows components - win defender and turn it off there.

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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
If you make sure that it never comes back, you can open Services services.msc into the Start Menu search or run boxes. Find Windows Defender in the list and double-click on it.

Change Startup type to Disabled

And restart the computer
There is no need to disable the defender, it can coexist with 3rd party AV tools as long as that AV tool is compatible with Windows 10.

You just shouldn't use more than one 3rd party AV tool.
It can only coexist peacefully if windows recognizes that other AV. If not both scanners will run - this is the case here, that's why he needs to manually deactivate it.
That's why I mentioned it should be compatible to Windows 10. If it is compatible Windows will also recognize it.

If it isn't compatible, then you shouldn't consider running it under Windows 10 and rahter only use defender, or get another AV product that is compatible.
Maybe, maybe not. Being compatible in terms of "works as expected, scans, protects me" is different to being recognized by win10 as being an AV software. So it could very well be that it works as expected but it is just not recognized.
To me "Compatible" means that it is built according to the rules m$ set for the AV software run on their platform to comply with, including having it getting recognized by the OS as a legitimate AV tool. If it isn't properly recognized then it isn't compatible and the AV producer is misleading it's clients with wrong information. I don't think any serious AV producer will risk this, and if he does, then it is probably not an AV product, but rather a Virus or malware itself.
I agree, no doubt about it.
TRIBAuthor Commented:
thanks all, I just don't like defender, to many things that can go wrong when dealing with microsoft
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