Windows Defender Disabled via Registry Modificationedit

Identifies modifications to the Windows Defender registry settings to disable the service or set the service to be started manually.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

Detections should be investigated to identify if the hosts and users are authorized to use this tool. As this rule detects post-exploitation process activity, investigations into this should be prioritized

Rule queryedit

registry where event.type in ("creation", "change") and
Defender\\DisableAntiSpyware" and"1") or
and in ("3", "4")))

Threat mappingedit