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How to check whether Windows Defender is disabled after installing Endpoint Security Threat Prevention
Technical Articles ID:   KB88214
Last Modified:  7/19/2018


McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x


As per the Windows Anti-Malware agreement, McAfee is not supposed to uninstall Windows Defender on Windows systems. We integrate with Windows Action Center (WAC) and when WAC sees that ENS Threat Prevention is installed, it disables Windows Defender.

Perform the following steps to check whether Windows Defender is disabled after installing ENS Threat Prevention:
  1. Open the Control Panel and check the status of Windows Defender.
  2. Check the status of the Windows Defender services:
    1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL, and then select Task Manager.
    2. Click the Services tab.
    3. Check the status of the following services:
      Windows Defender Network Inspection Service
      Windows Defender Service
The Control Panel should show that Windows Defender is disabled and the Windows Defender services should be stopped. If the Windows Defender services are stopped, but the Control Panel is showing that Windows Defender is enabled, it is a system issue.

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