How to Disable avast! Pop-up Notifications (Software Updater, Virus Definitions)
Quite a lot of avast! users are asking how to disable the pop-ups and notifications which can be sometimes a bit annoying. Mostly in the latest version 8 (2013) which came with the new feature called Software Updater. This feature is extremely useful however its everyday pushing pop-ups may be too much. Anyway here are a few simple tips how to disable those obtrusive notifications.
Pop-up notifications in the avast! Free Antivirus 2013 – Software Updater (left) and Virus Definitions Update (right)
1) Disable ‘Green’ Pop-up after Virus Database Update (VPS)
This pop-up notification is probably the most known one. It’s ‘green’ and every time it comes, the avast! lady will start “avast! virus database has been updated”. This notification is displayed every time your program gets automatically updated with the latest virus database (so-called VPS update).
As the update itself is very vital, the notification, and sound may be not. So here’s very simple tip how to disable it while keep your antivirus still udpated in the background.
Simply open your program and navigate to ‘Setting’ (top-right corner in the main window). Find menu item ‘Updates’ (second from top) and look for section ‘Details – Update Options’. There you will find an option for ‘Show notification box after automatic update’. It’s obviously checked by default so just uncheck it. That’s it, you should never see the ‘green’ pop-up anymore.
Disabling pop-up notifications in avast! Free Antivirus 2013 – Turning Off the ‘Green’ Pop-up after Virus Database Update (VPS)
2) Disable Software Updater Pop-ups
This tip is related only to Software Updater pop-ups. It basically pop-up only if you have some software on your computer out-dated. But this could be very annoying as some programs may have new version every single day. Wise solution is to ignore only those programs while keep tracking others.
If you are running version 2014 there is really simple way how to turn off those Software Updater notifications. Open the program interface, click on ‘Settings’, click on ‘Tools’, find ‘Software Updater’ and click on ‘Customize’. There just un-check the option ‘Notifications (popups) enabled’, and you will never see the Software Updater pop-up again. If you are still running on version 8 you have to update, or follow the steps below.
Disabling pop-up notifications in avast! Free Antivirus 2014 – Software Updater
In order to ignore specific programs you have to go to Software Updater section which is accessible directly from tiles in the main window or from the ‘SECURITY’ section. Once you’re there find the program which updates you want to ignore, click on ‘More details’, and click on ‘Ignore program’. Similarly if you want to start tracking updates of this program click anytime on ‘Stop ignoring’.
Disabling pop-up notifications in avast! Free Antivirus 2013 – Ignoring programs in Software Updater
3) Disable Sales/Upgrade Pop-ups
From time to time you could see a sales pop-up from avast! offering you a good deal for an upgrade. It seems that most of these sales pop-ups are related to virus definitions update. So you can just do the same thing as for disabling the ‘green’ notifications as explained in section 1) above. That should help to keep your avast! Free Antivirus ad-free.
On the other hand avast! sometimes offers a great deal during those campaigns. For example you could get avast! Pro Antivirus for $10, or avast! Internet Security for $20. These would be shame to miss as usually it’s time-limited offers.
Example of the avast! sales/upgrade pop-up – ‘New Upgrade Available’
4) Disable Security Report Pop-ups
Once in a month you should get a pop-up notification called ‘AVAST Security Report’. For someone it may be interesting to see, while for someone else it’s totally useless. Good thing is that you can simply disable it.
Just open your program and click on ‘Settings’ in the top-right area (below the close button). When the settings window opens you need to go to section ‘Popups’, and at the top you will find a box ‘SECURITY REPORTS’ with checked option ‘Show monthly security reports’. Simply un-check it and you should never see this pop-up again.
avast! Security Report Pop-up
5) Set the Pop-ups Duration to
Update (2013-07-14): We had to slightly update the instructions as setting value to zero seconds doesn’t seem to working anymore although the value is still acceptable as valid.
A first way how to soften avast! notifications is by reducing their display duration. By default all notifications are set to be visible for 20 seconds. So if you setup some notification to be displayed for 1 (one) second, this notification will then appear only for a single second on your desktop. That is quite acceptable. To do this you have to open your program and click on ‘Settings’ in the top-right area (below the close button). When the settings window opens you need to go to section ‘Popups’.
There you’ll see four types of pop-up notifications – information (blue), update (green), warning (orange), and alert (red). If you want to soften the ‘Software Updater’ pop-ups set the display duration of information pop-ups to one. For softening ‘Virus Definitions Update’ pop-ups set the value one for update pop-ups. We suggest to left the warnings, and alerts settings as they are.
Softening pop-up notifications in avast! Free Antivirus 2013 – Setting display duration to one second
6) Turning On the Silent/Gaming Mode
Another way how to disable all pop-ups and notifications completely is to turn on the so-called ‘Silent/Gaming Mode’ in your avast! antivirus. This mode basically means you won’t even know you have the avast! antivirus on your computer although you will be actually still protected. Very comfortable, isn’t it?
If you want to turn on this mode you have to go to ‘Settings’ located in the top-right area of the program main window. In ‘Settings’ find item ‘Silent/Gaming Mode’, and simply tick the box and the mode is turned on. Since now you won’t see any systray pop-up notification from avast!.
Disabling pop-up notifications in avast! Free Antivirus 2013 – Enabling the Silent/Gaming Mode
Although we have used avast! Free Antivirus screenshots in this article, steps are applicable for all avast! antivirus solutions (i.e. avast! Pro Antivirus, avast! Internet Security, or avast! Premier). Also please note these steps work only for the pop-up notifications which are being displayed in the down-left corner (systray) of your Windows. They don’t apply to expiring notifications (i.e. ‘Your Antivirus Will Expire in 10 Days’) as there is no way how to disable them.