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 2016 – completely or temporarily. Steps are applicable for all AVG antivirus products (AntiVirus FREE, Internet Security, or AVG Ultimate).

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 Avast 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, select for how long you would like to disable the AVG protection. You have four options – for 5, 10 and 15 minutes, or until computer restart. You can also disable Firewall protection, if you check the option ‘Disable Firewall protection‘. Once you select the period, click on the ‘OK‘ button to confirm.

Dialog for Selecting for How Long to Disable the AVG Protection

Dialog for Selecting for How Long to Disable the 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.

Alternatively you can get to the same dialog by going to AVG Zen » AVG protection (first tile on the left) » ‘Options’ » ‘Advanced settings…’ » ‘Temporarily Disable AVG Protection’ » click on the button with the same label. See the screenshot below for the reference. Now the same dialog as the one above should appear.

Temporarily Disabling AVG Protection From the Advanced Settings

Temporarily Disabling AVG Protection From the Advanced Settings

Step #3 – To make sure the AVG antivirus is disabled, open AVG Zen and you should see red circle with the message ‘NOT PROTECTED‘, as on the screenshot below. To re-enabled the AVG protection simply click on ‘Enable Now‘. You can also turn it back on from the Windows task bar by switching the switcher “Protection disabled“.

Confirming if the AVG Protection is Turned Off and Re-enabling It

Confirming if the AVG Protection is Turned Off and Re-enabling It

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 five shields

  • Computer Protection (AntiVirus) – Real-time protection against viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and other types of malware
  • Web Browsing Protection (LinkScanner, Online Shield) – Automatically scans web links before you click on them and files before they are downloaded
  • Software Protection (Software Analyzer) – Warns if any of your programs is having suspicious behavior
  • Email Protection (Email Scanner, Anti-Spam) – Detects harmful e-mail attachments, scams and spam
  • Firewall – Prevents hackers from accessing private data on your computer

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

Step #1 – As a first step open AVG Zen or AVG protection. You can find it in the Windows task bar or Programs. If you have AVG Zen you also need to click on the first tile from the left to open actual AVG protection. Once opened you should see the main user interface with up to five shields.

Disabling Specific AVG Shields From the Home Screen

Disabling Specific AVG Shields From the Home Screen

Step #2 – Select the shield you want to disable. If AVG is blocking a program from running, try to disable the Resident Shield (Computer). If AVG is blocking a website from opening, try to disable the Web Shield. If AVG is blocking your e-mail, try to disable Email Scanner. Simply click on the shield you want to disable and similar windows should appear.

Disabling AVG Computer Protection (Resident Shield & AntiVirus)

Disabling AVG Computer Protection (Resident Shield & AntiVirus)

Click on the green switch to disable the specific shield and confirm the dialog if needed. That’s it, now the shield will stay disabled until you manually re-enable it. This approach works for any shield besides Firewall. For Firewall you need to click on the Firewall tile » ‘Firewall mode CHANGE‘ » ‘Disable firewall protection‘ » ‘OK‘.

Additional Notes

Although we have used AVG Internet Security 2016 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. | Team GetAvast.net

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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