A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Disable Avast

Learn how to disable Avast on your computer in a few minutes. This article covers the steps on how you can disable the Avast antivirus on your computer. The steps below are applicable to all Avast Antivirus and all Windows versions.

Avast Antivirus is an internet security software that was developed by Avast for different platforms and devices. It can run on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS. The Avast antivirus comes with a free and paid version that provides many security options including the following:

  • computer security
  • browser security
  • antivirus software
  • firewall
  • anti-phishing
  • anti-spyware
  • anti-spam

Though Avast has been one of the most popular antivirus applications in the market, some people are still looking for a different thing. Maybe because we have different preferences when it comes to the security of our devices. But for those who have been a fan of Avast since its released, there is no other internet security application that can compare to it.

Why Do We Need to Disable Antivirus

Antivirus software is necessary for our devices. It detects threats that may potentially harm our smartphones or computers. It can protect our privacy while we access different websites. It can block the viruses coming from a different device that we connect to our computers.

But there are times we need to disable and turn off the antivirus. Usually, because it has the capability to block our favorite websites and applications.

In that case, here’s the step-by-step guide on how you can easily disable Avast antivirus on your computer.

How to Disable Avast Antivirus

For a Quick Disabling

Step 1. Go to the Windows System tray and right-click on the Avast icon.

Step 2. Click on Avast shields control.

Step 3. Select for how long you want to disable Avast antivirus.

Step 4. To confirm your selection, click the Yes button on the dialog box.

Step 5. If you want to verify if Avast has been disabled, go to the Windows system tray again and you will see that Avast icon has a red “x” mark.

Step 6. You can also check it by opening the main window for Avast. There should be a message that says “All Antivirus shields are off.”

To turn the antivirus again, click the Resolve button.

For Disabling Specific Shields

The previous steps are for quick disabling Avast. Once you did that, you have disabled all the shields and securities of Avast. If you want to disable a specific shield, you can also do that by following the steps below.

Step 1. Open the main window for Avast Antivirus. To open, go to system tray and click the Avast icon. When the window has been displayed, click on the Menu.

Step 2. Under the Menu, click Settings and select Component.

Step 3. On the components, you can stop a specific shield of your choice and how long you want it to be disabled by clicking on the switch assigned to it. There are four shields: File, Behavior, Mail and Web Shield.

Step 4. Again, you need to confirm your selection by clicking the Yes button on the dialog box that will appear on your screen.

Step 5. To make sure that a shield is disabled, see the notification icon on the upper right corner of the Avast interface. There is a message that the shield you have disabled has been turned off.

To turn on a specific shield, click the “Turn on” button.

That’s the easy steps on how you can disable Avast antivirus on your computer. If ever you want to uninstall it, you need to download the Avast Uninstall Utility.

 In Conclusion

Although Avast is reported to be the best Antivirus software in the market, there are chances that disabling it or totally uninstalling it will be better. Especially in cases like, we’re trying to access many third-party sites to download applications. Or, transferring files from one device to another via a USB cable.

When we disable Avast, our PC might be at risk and can be harmed by threats and viruses. So, we recommend you not to disable it permanently or uninstall the software. We have the choice to turn off a shield for a specific time, so be sure to turn it on again to secure our device.

If you are having a problem disabling Avast Antivirus on your computer, please let us know in the comment box below.

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