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How to Start/Stop Windows Defender service Service name: WinDefend Display name: Windows Defender  Description: Protection against spyware and potentially unwanted software.  Path to executable: C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs From General tab you can Start/Stop and change the Startup type of Windows Defender service  To finish press ok button and close Services window Services.msc:  This method shows you how to Start/Stop Windows Defender service from Services.msc  Please perform the following steps: Please go to Start and click on the Search programs and files Type services.msc and press Enter Locate Windows Defender service observe his current status and open to make changes