Antimalware Service Executable is also known as MsMpEng exe. It is a part of Windows Defender. Antimalware Service Executable process is the background process which is used by Windows Defender to run its services.The definition of Windows Defender itself is part of Windows 10 and it is the successor to the free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus for Windows 7. Antimalware Service Executable is the antivirus software that protects the system to against malware attacks. However, Antimalware Service Executable is causing the high CPU or Disk usage. According to the research, there are two common reasons which make the problem of the high CPU usage by Antimalware Service Executable can occur. The first reason is the scan feature fully which may be scanning all files, either once the computer wakes up from sleep or once it is connected to a network. The second reason is the real-time feature which is constantly scanning files, connections and other related applications in real time.
How to fix Antimalware Service Executable? If you are having the problem of Antimalware Service Executable, do not be panic because there are many solutions for you to fix it. Well, at the moment, in this article we will show you the methods to fix the high CPU usage by Antimalware Service Executable. Let’s see its methods in the text below.
Method 1: Using the Local Group Policy Editor.
- In the first step, you have to press the “Windows Key + R”. Then type “gpedit.msc” in the Run dialog box. Click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
- In the second step you have to browse the following path from the Local Group Policy Editor. First search for Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender.
- In the third step, at this Group Policy path, search for the setting named “Turn off Windows Defender” and please double click it. To disable Windows Defender, you have to select the “Enabled” option. Afterwards you can click “Apply” and “OK”.
- In the last step, instantly Windows Defender should be disabled. If it does not work, so you can restart the computer and check to see if it is disabled or not.
Method 2: Change the Antimalware Service Executable scan properties.
- In the first step, you have to navigate to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler.
- In the second step, you should browse the following path from the left pane of Task Scheduler.
Library > Microsoft > Windows > Windows defender
- In the third step please highlight the name called “Windows Defender Scheduled Scan” in the center panel and please click “Properties” in the lower right panel.
- In the fourth step you have to uncheck any boxes which are “Idle”, “Power” and “Network”. Click Ok. This step will create properly schedule. Before you uncheck any boxes, you have to click on the “Conditions” from the Properties Windows.
- In the last step, it will stop the scheduled scan taking over once you bring your computer out of idle but it will not stop Windows Defender working in other cases.