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Antimalware Service Executable using too much Disk

I tried to restart my PC few times hoping Antimalware service will stop on the next reboot But No even after restart Antimalware service keep running in my PC with the high disk usage

Please refer the below screenshot due to his I couldn’t able to perform any other action.

Even I am not able to disable the service for antimalware services. Please help.

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Hello @Kishore15

You can use msconfig command to stop this service.
Go to run menu,type msconfig click on ok

Start–>run–>msconfig–>ok

go to startup menu, and disable the program/service of Antimalware.
Note: if you are not able to do so,then you will have to go to the safemode and do the same process.
Good luck!!

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  • Press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  • Type taskschd.msc and press Enter.
  • Double-click on Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows.
  • Double-click Windows Defender in Windows. Then double-click Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.
  • Uncheck Run with highest privileges.
  • Uncheck all the items in the Conditions section. Then click OK.
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for a detailed answere , go to this link

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Antimalware Service Executable High CPU/Disk Usage

Windows 10 includes Windows Defender, Microsoft’s built-in antivirus. The Antimalware Service Executable process is Windows Defender’s background process. This program is also known as MsMpEng.exe and is part of the Windows operating system.
It’s responsible for checking files for malware when you access them, performing background system scans to check for dangerous software, installing antivirus definition updates, and anything else a security application like Windows Defender needs to do. That’s why it’s very likely to take up huge disk, memory, RAM and even network bandwidth, draining computer resources, especially after getting a Windows 10 update.

antimalware service executable high disk usage

How Can I Fix Antimalware Service Executable High CPU/Disk Usage

If the Antimalware Sevice Executable process takes up high CPU on your Windows 10, don’t worry. We have easy solutions for you to deal with it.

Solution 1. Change Windows Defender’s Scheduling Options

Change Windows Defender’s schedule is an effective way because the error is mainly caused by real-time protection feature. Follow the details below and fix ‘antimalware service executable high disk usage’ issue.

  • Press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  • Type taskschd.msc and press Enter.
  • Double-click on Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows.
  • Double-click Windows Defender in Windows. Then double-click Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.
  • Uncheck Run with highest privileges.
  • Uncheck all the items in the Conditions section. Then click OK.

With the steps above, your error should be fixed now.
If unfortunately, it doesn’t help you, make sure to try the second solution below.

Solution 2. Add Antimalware Service Executable to Windows Defender’s Exclusion List

  1. Press the Windows logo key + I at the same time to open the Settings window.

  2. Click Update & security.

click update and security

  1. Click Windows Defender. Then click Add an exclusion in Exclusions.

add an exclusion to windows defender to fix the high disk usage

  1. Click Exclude a .exe, .com or .scr process

select the option according to the picture

  1. Type MsMpEng.exe. Then click OK.

type msmpeng.exe to add antimalware service executable to windows defender

Solution 3. Disable Windows Defender

  • Press Windows Key + R to open the Run Dialog Box.
  • In the Run Dialog Box, type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
  • In the navigation pane on the left, double-click the folders to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender.
  • If you find a registry entry named DisableAntiSpyware, double-click it and set its value data to 1.

disable windows defender to fix antimalware service executable high disk usage

Note: If you do not see a registry entry named DisableAntiSpyware, right-click in the main Registry Editor pane and select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value.

Name this new registry entry DisableAntiSpyware. Double click it and set its value data to 1.

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When you access any files on your computer, Antimalware Service Executable is responsible for checking them for malware and performing a background system scan to check if the files you access contained any dangerous software. Additionally, it’s also responsible for installing antivirus definition updates, and doing anything else a security application like Windows Defender needs to do. Antimalware Service Executable scanning relies heavily on your computer’s CPU, that’s why you find Antimalware Service Executable taking high CPU usage and huge disk usage, memory usage, and sometimes it even took major network bandwidth and all of them cause draining computer your resources, especially you will see after getting a Windows 10 update. Simply by restarting your computer will cause stopping of this service and your PC will work normally.

This is one of the good services from Microsoft, which should not be disabled or recommended by Microsoft. Of course we have a workaround to solve if Antimalware Services Executable services are taking huge resources on your Windows 10 device.

Solution 1. Change Windows Defender’s Scheduling Options
Solution 2. Include Antimalware Service Executable to Windows Defender’s Exclusion List
Solution 3. Disable Windows Defender
Solution 4. Update Device Drivers

Any one of the above four solutions will help you to fix Antimalware Service Executable issues on your Windows 10 device. Disabling Windows Defender is not a good idea if you are not using any third party software because Windows Defender is a free and antimalware from Microsoft as a built-in tool to protect your computer from a kind of virus attack, but it has proven sometimes it can take most up your device resources. If you are using the latest versions of Windows 10 like Windows 10 1903 or Windows 10 1909 or Windows 10 2004 Windows Defender or Antimalware Service Executable won’t be a stubborn on your device so you may leave them enabled even if you are using any third-party antivirus software.

If none of the above solution helps you solve the Antimalware Service Executable issues on your Windows 10 device do let us know by commenting on this post so that we can help you sort this issue for you.