When Windows 10 came out back in 2015, it was far from perfect; the OS was riddled with bugs and problems that pretty much ruined a lot of people’s experience with the Windows OS. Fortunately Microsoft has made a lot of effort in improving their latest version of Windows, at present, Windows 10 manages to offer a pretty smooth user experience, despite the fact that many people think of it as a major step backwards when compared to the highly popular and much loved Windows XP OS (now obsolete).

The biggest problem with Windows 10 is that every now and then a bug pops up that can become a very big nuisance for the user, Microsoft does whatever it can to take care of these bugs as quickly as possible, but they can only do so much. One major issue with Windows 10 that has been around for quite some time now is related to the Windows Defender; Microsoft’s very own anti-malware software that has been built into their latest OS. The Windows Defender software does a pretty decent job at keeping everyone’s devices safe and secure, it has proven itself as a capable anti-malware software time and time again.

However, the problem with Windows Defender is that it sometimes starts consuming more resources than necessary, and by more we mean that it can spike your CPU usage up to 95-99%. Microsoft’s anti-malware is not such a heavy software that it would require so much of your processor’s power, these random stress tests that Windows Defender applies to your CPU are caused by the “AntiMalware Service Executable” process that runs in the background.

This background process is a major component of Windows Defender and you cannot simply shut it down through your task manager whenever it starts consuming insane amounts of your resources, but you cannot let it keep on running like this either since this single process can bring down your computer’s performance levels by 70%. The AntiMalware Service Executable sounds like bad news for your computer, but fortunately, you can take care of this power hungry process quite easily, all you need to do is carry out a few simple steps and you can prevent this process from choking up your computer.

The reason why this background process can become so CPU hungry can be traced to two functions that are being carried out in real time; the first one is your files being constantly scanned by the Windows Defender and the other one is related to various apps and connections being monitored in real time.

You can read more about how to prevent your Windows Defender from eating up resources, a superb guide that will familiarize you with all the different ways in which you can bring your AntiMalware Service Executable background process under control. Another way to deal with this problem can be to simply disable your Windows Defender, but you should only do this if you have another anti-malware software installed on your computer.