How to Fix 0x800704ec Windows Defender Error Code on Windows 10?

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As we know, Windows defender is one of the advanced in-build antimalware software that protects your Windows operating system. However, when a user installs any third party tool like Norton, McAfee, or more, then such an issue arises, stating, “Windows Defender 0x800704ec.” For that, h

As we know, Windows defender is one of the advanced in-build antimalware software that protects your Windows operating system. However, when a user installs any third party tool like Norton, McAfee, or more, then such an issue arises, stating, “Windows Defender 0x800704ec.” For that, here are the steps that you can use to overcome your hassles in the flick of seconds. Make sure to pursue each instruction properly and get things done accordingly.
 
  • Turn On the Windows Defender Services
  • If you wish to turn on the Windows Defender services, then pursue the given instructions.
  • Press Win + R keys at once on your keyboard to launch the Run dialogue box.
  • After that, enter ‘services.msc.’ into the Run dialog box on your screen then press the Enter button.
  • You should find Windows Defender Services on the pursuing Console and look if they are performing.
  • When the Status column is empty, right-click on Service and choose the Start to turn on it again.
  • Finally, reboot the system and look if the error 0x800704ec is clear now.
Delete Third-Party Antivirus
  • If you would like to delete third-party antivirus, then abide by the given steps.
  • To launch the Run dialogue box by pressing Win + R keys at once on your keyboard.
  • Then enter ‘appwiz.cpl’ into the Run box and press the Enter key.
  • On the pursuing screen, find the third-party antimalware tool which is installed in the system.
  • Right-click on it, then choose the Uninstall option.
  • A prompt will show up for the last verification; once more, click on the Uninstall option to delete it.
Through Registry Editor
If you wish to fix the error through registry editor, then pursue the given instructions.
  • You have to enter ‘regedit’ within the Taskbar search section, and if the result appears to see, hit the Enter key.
  • A UAC (User Account Control) will pop-up, click on the Yes to provide corroboration.
  • After showing up the Registry Editor wizard, go to the pursuing path through the left column: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender.
  • Go to the right-hand side panel and find the value with ‘REG_DWORD’ Enter and twice click on it.
  • Now, reach the Edit string, set the value 0 in the Value Data section, and select the OK to apply the changes.
Alter the Settings of Group Policy
  • If you would like to alter the settings of group policy, then abide by the given steps.
  • Go to the Start tab and right-click on it, then choose the Run option.
  • You should enter ‘gpedit.msc.’ into the Run dialogue box and press the Enter key.
  • Here you will see ‘Local Group Policy Editor’ Wizard. Go to the pursuing path through the left column: “Computer Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components.”
  • Find the Windows Defender Antivirus and right-click on it.
  • Move to the right-hand side panel. Either run a twice click on ‘Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus or right-click on it, then choose the Edit option.
  • On the pursuing wizard, choose the radio tab of ‘Not Configured,’ and after that, select the Apply and choose the OK to apply the changes.
Richard Branson is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.
 
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