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How to fix “This Setting Is Managed by Your Administrator” error on Windows 10

You may see the message “This setting is managed by your administrator” for the following functions in Windows Security:

  • Real-time protection
  • Cloud delivery protection
  • Automatic sample submission.

Usually that means these settings have actually been configured by the system administrator, and it would make sense for you to discuss this with that person. But if you’re the admin, here’s what you can do to fix the problem:

1. Check if you are using any third-party tools

If you are using a third-party tweaking tool to enhance your Windows 10 security, it may have made these changes through the Registry or Group Policy.

You may want to identify and uninstall this tool or use the Reset to Windows defaults button and see if that helps.

2. Scan for viruses and malware

Scan for viruses and malware
Scan for viruses and malware

The first and foremost thing you need to do to fix the problem is to scan your computer for viruses and malware. To remove malware, the article recommends that you do not use any third-party anti-malware programs. Instead, use Microsoft Defender.

To do that, follow these steps:

Step 1: Start Settings by pressing Win + I.

Step 2: Clik on Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security.

Step 3: Click on Virus & threat protection > Scan options > Microsoft Defender Offline scan > Scan now.

Let your computer be scanned and deleted for viruses.

Check if this fixes the problem. If this does not fix your problem, you can try the next solution.

3. Delete Windows Defender Key

Delete Windows Defender Key
Delete Windows Defender Key

Deleting the Windows Defender Key in Registry Editor has worked for some users and will certainly work for you. So to do that, launch Registry Editor from the Start menu and navigate to the following location.

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender

Right-click Windows Defender, select Export, create a new folder on your PC (preferably on the Desktop), open it, name the file “Windows Defender” and click Save.

Now do this for all subkeys and remove Windows Defender.

Finally, restart the PC, and the problem should be fixed.

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4. Delete AntiSpyware key

Delete AntiSpyware key
Delete AntiSpyware key

If the above solution does not work for you or you are not satisfied with the Registry Editor, you can remove AntiSpyware to fix this problem. To do that, launch Command Prompt with admin rights with Win + R > type “cmd” > Ctrl + Shift + Enter, type the following command, and press Enter.

REG DELETE "HKLMSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender" /v DisableAntiSpyware

You will be asked to confirm your action, so press “Y” to do so.

Finally, restart the computer and see if the problem persists. Hopefully, your problem will be fixed.

The problem has been fixed
The problem has been fixed

5. Check Registry or Group Policy settings

Now you may need a bit of expertise to do this. You have to check the settings manually.

You can find the Defender settings in the Registry by following the path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Advanced Threat Protection

And in Group Policy, go to:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Defender Antivirus

You will have to check if any are in Configured state. You need to make sure they are not Not configured.

Good luck with your troubleshooting!

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