MsMpEng.exe or ‘antimalware service executable’, is known as spyware, anti-malware, or native antivirus program of Windows 10. It runs in the background of the system. This program scans for the virus and takes the necessary steps to prevent any further damage to the system.
But, it is a resource-based program and uses a lot of memory and causes the system to shut down or even lead 100% Disk Usage problems. If you are also stuck with the ‘MsMpEng.exe high CPU usage’ issue, then go through the below section to get rid of it.
There are a number of ways to solve this issue. Here, we are going to discuss the ones that can help you at the earliest. So, take a glance:
By preventing Windows Defender from scanning files you can also solve this problem. To do this, you can take a quick glance at the steps provided below:
Lastly, reboot the computer and check if the issue is resolved. Else, you can reschedule the Windows Defender’s scanning process to get rid of this issue.
You can reschedule the Windows Defender by using the Windows Task Scheduler, which is an essential component of Windows. It schedules the launching of applications or scripts after a specified or pre-defined time intervals.
First of all, navigate to the Start menu and then type “administrative tools” in the search bar. Hit the Enter key from the keyboard to open the Administrative Tools. Then, open Explorer and select the ‘Task Scheduler’ option. Open it by clicking twice on it.
Now, go to the path “Library/Microsoft/Windows/Windows defender” from the left pane of the screen. Once it opens Windows Defender, search for the ‘Windows Defender Scheduled Scan’ option and select it by clicking on it. Next, select the ‘Properties’ option from the list.
Afterward, navigate to the Conditions tab and untick the box under the Network, Power, and Idle section. Tap on the OK button. Next, navigate to the right pane and tap on the Properties button once again.
Then, navigate to the Triggers tab. Click on the New button. Select the ‘Monthly’ or ‘Weekly’ option depending on your requirements. Thereafter, select the Day and the tap on the OK button. Confirm that it is enabled.
It will reschedule the Windows Defender as per your requirements. Now, if you see that the scanning is running, then wait for a few seconds until it completes. Once the scanning is completed, it will show the scanning results.
When the scanning process does run as per your preferred schedule, you will still get the High CPU Usage. Repeat the same steps for the other three schedules (Windows Defender Verification, Cleanup, and Cache Maintenance).
After that, turn off the conditions and set the trigger to run at least once a week. Now, restart the system and check if the problem is fixed. Otherwise, you can move on to the other ways described below.
You can also solve the ‘MsMpEng.exe High CPU Usage’ issue by turning off Windows Defender application. You can do this by using the local group policy editor. Here are the steps you can follow:
Now, it will disable the Windows Defender. If does not, you can restart the system and check if it is disabled. But, if it is still enabled, then you can try to disable it by using the registry.
Windows Defender is now disabled as expected. But, after disabling Windows Defender, if you see that the problem still appears, then go to the next solution discussed below.
According to some tech experts, the ‘MsMpEng.exe High CPU Usage’ issue may arise due to the corrupted update of Windows Defender. Hence, remove those updates to solve this issue. Here’s how to do this:
Lastly, check if the problem persists. Else, run the computer in Safe Mode to solve this problem.
If all the above methods fail to solve this issue, then you can scan the system for malware. To perform the scanning process, it’s better to run the system in Safe Mode. Here are the steps you can follow to do this:
After applying the above steps, it will start to run in Safe Mode. Now, you can try to scan the system using an anti-malware tool installed on your computer and delete the malware that is present on the system. Now, restart the computer and check if the issue is fixed.
So, these are the probable ways to solve the ‘MsMpEng.exe High CPU Usage’ issue. Hopefully, one of them will definitely help you to put an end to this problem.