Once in a while you’ll probably need to turn off your AVG Antivirus, or just pause some of its shields. Usually because you want to install some other party security software like firewall, or because AVG is blocking your favorite website or application.

Here’s the quick step-by-step guide on how to turn off/disable AVG 2017 – completely or temporarily. Steps are applicable for all AVG antivirus products (AntiVirus FREE, Internet Security, or AVG Ultimate).

OUR TIP Before turning off AVG protection, make sure the file/program/website is virus-free by running a free online scan at Virus Total. Also consider adding it to AVG exceptions (white-list).

Quick Summary

  1. Right-click on the AVG square icon in the Windows system tray
  2. Click on the green switch ‘Protection enabled’
  3. Select for how long you want to disable the protection
  4. Confirm by clicking OK on the dialog

Read more detailed steps and other options including screenshots below

1. Turn Off/Disable AVG Protection Completely (All Shields)

Turning off all AVG shields basically means completely turning off the whole AVG Antivirus active protection. So be sure you know what you’re doing, although it’s actually quite simple.

Step #1 – Go to Windows task bar and find the square four-color icon (quite similar to Windows logo). By default it is hidden in some of the Windows systems (for example in Windows 10), so click on the top arrow if you don’t see it. Once you find the icon, perform a right-click on it and small AVG window should appear, as on the screenshot below. Click on the green switch “Protection enabled” to turn it off.

Disabling AVG Protection From Windows Taskbar

Disabling AVG Protection From Windows Taskbar

Step #2 – Once the dialog window will appear, just confirm by clicking on ‘Yes’.

Confirmation Dialog to Disable AVG Protection

Confirmation Dialog to Disable AVG Protection

You can confirm the dialog only if you are logged in as Windows Administrator or has Administrator access rights. Without any of these you can’t disable AVG antivirus.

Now you AVG protection should be completely disabled and look like this. For some reason the Private Data Shield can’t be turned off (even from the Components menu).

AVG Internet Security 2017 Completely Disabled

AVG Internet Security 2017 Completely Disabled

To re-enable the protection simply click on ‘FIX NOW’ or change the switcher in the taskbar where you have initially turned it off.

2. Turn Off/Disable AVG Temporarily (Specific Shield(s))

Besides turning off all shields at once, AVG also offers an option to temporarily turn off/pause any specific shield. You can manually disable any or all of the following eight shields

  • Resident Shield – Real-time protection against viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and other types of malware
  • Software Analyzer – Warns if any of your programs is having suspicious behavior
  • Email Protection – Detects harmful e-mail attachments, scams and spam (only for the desktop e-mail clients)
  • Online Shield (Web Shield) – Stops malware and spyware to get into your system when browsing websites
  • Ransomware Protection – Control access to private data and avoids unwanted encryption
  • Secure DNS – Makes sure you are login to authentic website, not a fake one
  • Anti-Spam – Keep spam out of your inbox (only for the desktop e-mail clients); not installed by default
  • Firewall – Prevents hackers from accessing private data on your computer

Again, be sure you know what and why you’re doing it.

Step #1 – Open AVG protection (not Zen) from the Windows system tray or Programs and go to ‘Menu’ » ‘Settings’ » ‘Components’.

Disabling Specific Shields in AVG Antivirus 2017

Disabling Specific Shields in AVG Antivirus 2017

Step #2 – Find the shield(s) you want to disable and move the switcher to off state. Once you click on the switcher small dialog will appear and ask you for how long. You can choose from 10 minutes up to permanently. We recommend 1 hour which is typically enough to let you do your thing, yet not long enough to get infected in case you forget to turn it back on.

Now the specific shields should be disable and you should see something like this.

Specific Shields Disabled in AVG Antivirus 2017

Specific Shields Disabled in AVG Antivirus 2017

To re-enable the shield simply click on ‘FIX NOW’ or go again to settings and change the switcher to on state.

Additional Notes

Although we have used AVG Internet Security 2017 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all AVG Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for AVG AntiVirus FREE, or AVG Ultimate) running the latest version available.

Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).

Turning off AVG protection may leave your computer at risk.

Written by Paul B.

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

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  1. Ken Kirkham Reply

    We have AVG Business Edition. I want to NOT install the firewall. I know I can disable the firewall but it presents RED warning to end users. On some of our systems I have removed the firewall and it is gone. ON others the firewall is still there but disabled.

    Your assistance is appreciated.

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