Disable antimalware service executable on 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 that malware on your Windows is interfering with its operation.

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

What is an executable antimalware service?

Antimalware Service Executable is a windows defender process 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 rate of processor, RAM and even network bandwidth, 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.

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

There are two other less easy methods. 9a wouldn't hurt anyone to know them and to have some more knowledge.

So for disable windows defender otherwise, do the following:

  • First, go to the start menu search bar, type Windows security 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 to its own exclusion list

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

Note that during a system scan, Windows Defender scans every file on your system for malware. It even includes these files which can cause a decrease in the performance of the computer.

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 Windows Security 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 Windows Defender scans.

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


Using the above tips will improve the performance of your computer as well as its responsiveness. Just make sure your computer is never left unprotected against malware. It is recommended that you download other antivirus software before disabling Windows Defender.

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