Disable antimalware service executable under Windows 10

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anti-malware service executable

Last updated: July 3, 2022

If your computer seems slow or freezes repeatedly, it is likely that the process antimalware service executable consumes a lot of your PC's resources.

This problem occurs most of the time when the antivirus Windows Defender has not been configured correctly or there is malware on your Windows disrupts its functioning.

In this article, we will see how to fix the bug that overloads the resources of the processor caused by the Antimalware Service Executable executable.

Antimalware executable service, what is it?

Antimalware Service Executable is a process of Windows Defender which runs in the background on Windows 10. This process is also called MsMpEng.exe.

Its role is to scan your system for malware, perform background scans, and install security updates.

This is why it is very likely to use a high CPU rate, RAM and even network bandwidth, thereby depleting computer resources.

How to disable executable antimalware?

The easiest way to fix the high consumption of Antimalware Service Executable process is to remove the application from your system. However, uninstallation is not recommended if there are no other antivirus software on your Windows 10.

To disable antimalware service executable, follow the steps in this video:

There are two other less easy methods. 9a would not hurt anyone to know them and have a little more knowledge.

So for deactivate Windows Defender otherwise, do the following:

  • First, go to the Start menu search bar, type Safety Windows and click below.
  • On the dashboard, click  Protection against viruses and threats , And then  Manage settings .
    Protection against viruses and threats
  • Now change the real time protection  on Off.
  • Finally, quit and restart your computer.

Add Windows Defender has its own exclusion list

If you don't want to disable Windows Defender, here is another tip for reduce high PC resource usage caused by antimalware service executable.

You should know that during a system analysis, Windows Defender scans every file on your system for malware. This even includes these files which can cause a drop in computer performance.

You can prevent this by adding an exclusion and Windows Defender will never scan these files.

This can be done by following these steps:

  • Open the Start menu, type Security Windows and open it.
  • On the dashboard, navigate to Protection against viruses and threats.
  • Then click Manage settings.
  •  Down Under Exclusions, click on Add or remove exclusions (if you can't see it, scroll down with your mouse).

  •  Choose to add a Process exclusion.
  • type MsMpEng.exe And click Add.
  • Exit and restart your computer.
  • The file will now be excluded from all future scans Windows Defender.

Congratulations ! Now the Antimalware Service Executable process should minimize CPU usage.


Using the Tips Above will improve the performance of your computer as well as its responsiveness. Just make sure your computer is never left without malware protection. It is recommended to download other antivirus software before disabling Windows Defender.