Windows Defender is part of Windows 10 and is the successor to the free antivirus for Windows 7. This ensures that all Windows 10 users always have an antivirus program installed and working, even if they did not install it themselves. If you have an outdated antivirus application installed, Windows 10 deactivates it and activates Windows Defender.
What is Antimalware Service Executable?
The Antimalware Executable Malware protection service process is a Windows Defender background service and always runs in the background. It is responsible for checking the files for malicious programs when accessing them. It performs a background scan of the system to check for dangerous software, installs anti-virus definition updates, and performs other actions important for the full protection of the Windows system.
Although the process is called Antimalware Service Executable, its executable file is called MsMpEng.exe, this can be seen on the Details tab of the task manager.
If you see that the Antimalware Service Executable executable process uses a large amount of processor or disk resources, most likely it will scan your computer for malware. Like other antivirus tools, Windows Defender performs regular background checks of files on your computer.
It also scans files when you open them, and regularly installs updates with information about new malware. Active use of CPU resources may also indicate that it is installing the update, or that you have just opened a particularly large file, so Windows Defender needs additional time to analyze.
Windows Defender usually performs background scanning only if the computer is in standby mode and not in use. However, it can still use CPU resources by updating or scanning files, even while you are using your computer. But background scans should not be performed while you are using your computer.
Why Disable Antimalware Service Executable?
The anti-malware service executable file is associated with Windows Defender, and many Windows 10 users have reported problems with this process. Speaking of issues, here are some common problems that users have been reported:
- Anti-Malware Service Executable memory, memory consumption, memory leak- Many users have reported RAM related problems due to this service. To fix the problem, it is recommended that you disable Windows Defender and check if this solves the problem.
- Anti-Malware Service Executable file, the high load of Win 10 disk, the high load of CPU Windows 10- Several users reported a high load of CPU and disk due to this error. However, you can solve this problem by simply installing a third-party antivirus.
- Windows 8.1, Windows 7 anti-malware service executable file- A problem with this process can affect both Windows 8.1 and 7, but even if you are not using Windows 10, you can solve the problem using one of our solutions.
- The executable file of the anti-malware service constantly works, slowing down the computer. Many users have reported that this service is constantly running on their PC. However, you can fix this with one of our solutions.
How to Stop Antimalware Service Executable?
We do not recommend disabling Windows Defender or Windows Defender Processes unless you have other anti-virus programs installed. In fact, you cannot disable it permanently from Windows Defender settings. What you can do is stop the service temporarily and go on with your day. When you reboot next time, you might see the service started again. If the service does not give you any problem after the reboot, let it run in the background. Otherwise, follow these guide to the end where we will tell you how to disable the Antimalware Service Executable.
Here’s how to stop the Antimalware Service Executable:
- Press the Windows key+I to open Windows Settings.
- Now go to the “Update and Security” section.
- From the left menu, select “Windows Security”.
- A new window will now appear. Select “Virus and Threat Protection”.
- Again, select the “Virus and Threat protection” option.
- Disable Real-time protection option. If you wish, you can also disable all other options on this page.
After that, Windows Defender will be disabled, and you will no longer have problems with the Antimalware Service executable program. But, it will be restarted after the system reboot. If you are looking for a more permanent type of solution for this problem, take a look at the solutions provided below.
How to Disable the Antimalware Service Executable?
There are several ways to disable the anti-malware service executable file on a Windows 10 PC, and in this article, we will show you three different ways to do this.
Solution #1: Disable the Antimalware Service Executable from Windows Registry Editor
- Press Windows+R. This will open the “Run WIndow”. Now, type “regedit” in the search field and press “Enter” to open the registry editor.
- Click on the address bar of the registry editor. Now, put the following address in the address bar of the registry editor: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
- Now, in the right window, Right-click on Windows Defender. Select “Choose New” option and then click on “DWORD”.
- Double-click on the newly created DWORD value. Name it “DisableAntiSpyware” and set the value to 1.
Solution #2: Disable the Antimalware Service Executable from Windows PowerShell
- Press Windows Key+X. Now select the “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” from the menu.
- When the Windows PowerShell opens, run the REG ADD command.
- After that, put the following command line in the Windows PowerShell and press “Enter”. hklm\software\icies\microsoft\windows defender/v DisableAntiSpyware/t REG_DWORD/d 1/f .
- After executing this command, your registry will be changed, and Windows Defender will be disabled. Using the command line to disable Windows Defender is a faster method.
Solution #3: Disable the Antimalware Service Executable from the Group Policy Editor
According to users, you can stop the Antimalware Service executable file by making a few changes to Group Policy. It is relatively simple, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key+R and type gpedit.msc in the Run Window. Press “Enter” to open the Group Policy Editor.
- This will launch the Group Policy Editor. Keep in mind that the Group Policy Editor is not available in home versions of Windows 10.
- In the left section, Follow this path:
Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Defender Antivirus->Real-time Protection.
- In the right pane, double-click on “Turn Off Real-Time Protection”.
- Select “Enabled” and click Apply and OK to save the changes.
- After that, Windows Defender will be disabled, as well as the anti-malware service executable. It is also worth mentioning that this solution will disable anti-virus protection on your PC, so your computer will be vulnerable. To protect your computer, you should use this method only as a temporary solution.
Solution #4: Install A Different Third-Party Antivirus
The antimalware service executable is a process closely associated with Windows Defender. However, Windows Defender will not work with a third-party antivirus, therefore, if you have problems with the executable Antimalware Service program, you may need to install a third-party antivirus.
There are many excellent antivirus tools on the market, but the best solution is to choose a good antivirus with minimal impact on your memory.
After installing a third-party antivirus, Windows Defender will automatically shut down and your problem should be resolved.