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How to Enable or Disable Tamper Protection on Windows 11

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Windows 11 includes Tamper Protection security to help stop any unnecessary changes. We’ll explain how to enable or disable Tamper Protection on Windows 11.

Tamper Protection is a Windows 11 feature available in the Windows Security app. It prevents unauthorized changes to security features that aren’t made directly via the app, running constantly in the background.

Tamper Protection adds an additional layer of protection from hackers or malicious app attacks that attempt to disable security settings. However, it can block you from making changes outside the app.

If you are having problems using utilities like PowerShell, Local Group Policy, and others. We’ll show you how to turn Tamper Protection on or off below.

How to Enable or Disable Tamper Protection on Windows 11

The Tamper Protection security feature can block you from making changes outside the app. For example, it may block PowerShell, Microsoft Defender, Firewall, Local Group Policy, and the the Command Prompt.

When it blocks those abilities, it’s annoying. Luckily, you can turn off Tamper Protection if you know where to look.

To Turn Tamper Protection On or Off on Windows 11

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type Windows Security and click the top result.Windows Security Start
  3. In the left column, click the Virus & threat protection option.Virus and threat protection
  4. Scroll to the Virus & threat protection settings section and click the Manage settings option.Virus and threat protection settings manage
  5. Swipe down to the Tamper Protection section and toggle the switch Off.
  6. A warning message will appear, but you can ignore it while Tamper Protection is disabled.Toggle Tamper Protection on or off

Once Tamper Protection is off, go ahead and perform the task you need to complete, like making a change in Group Policy Editor or PowerShell. Once you’ve completed that task, ensure you go back into Windows Security settings and turn Tamper Protection back on for the best results.

After you reenable it, your system will monitor and prevent attempts to make security changes. That includes real-time and cloud-delivered protection, antivirus updates, security notifications, behavior monitoring, and other security settings against malicious apps or hacking attempts.

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Ensure you turn Tamper Protection back on after completing your task, so you have the extra layer of security that prevents malware and hackers from damaging your system.

Keeping Windows 11 Secure

Tamper Protection helps to prevent malicious apps from changing Windows Securing settings. However, you shouldn’t need to turn it off to complete system tasks if you’re an administrator. But if you’re using a Standard user account, you may need to have your system admin come in and turn off Tamper protection.

Regarding security on Windows 11, there are other things you can do. For example, you may want to block users from changing settings or if you need more control over security, create a local account on Windows 11.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Rita Lions

    November 21, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Question What do you do if the “Tamper Protection” switch is turned off and Greyed out that it cannot be turned on or off?

  2. Rawlin

    December 15, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Hi! I dont have an option to toggle tamper protection as there is nothing under the sample toggle. I have new Win 10 VM installed so what went wrong?

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