Windows Defender isn’t the best antivirus software (even Microsoft admits its first-party solutions aren’t ideal), but it’s enabled by default on Windows 10 Home. In fact, the only way to disable it is to install something else.
In a strange turn of events, Microsoft has made its Windows Defender feature a permanent fixture of Windows 10. You can temporarily disable it, as you see in the screenshot above, but you can’t turn it off permanently. If it stays off for too long, Windows will turn it back on.
The one caveat to this rule, as pointed out by tips site MakeUseOf, is to install third-party antivirus software.
You Can Only Disable Defender In Windows 10 Home By Installing Another Antivirus
Microsoft on Thursday announced that it was restricting its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10.
“As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana,” said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s general manager of search and Cortana.
“The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable,” he added. “The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can’t depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser.”
Cortana, Edge and Bing are integrated to provide a better search experience, Gavin explained.
Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10