Although Firewall is extremely important feature, which prevents you from hacker attacks, sometimes you may need to turn it off or pause for some reason, typically when it’s blocking access to some application you trust. Or if you have any other 3rd party Firewall (e.g. Comodo Free Firewall). We definitely do not recommend using Windows Firewall over Avast Firewall.

Firewall is only part of the Avast top tier products – Avast Internet Security, and Avast Premier. It’s not available in the free version.

Disabling Firewall is extremely easy but we recommend doing so only when your computer is not connected to the Internet, so you will stay out of the potential hackers. Basically you have two options how to disable it – a) disable all Avast shields (which includes Web Shield, File System Shield, Mail Shield, Antispam, and Firewall), or b) disable only the Firewall component.

OUR TIP If you want to disable Avast because it’s blocking program or website you trust, we suggest to use the Avast Exceptions/White-list instead.

Since option a) is covered already in this article, we will show you step-by-step how to turn off only Firewall.

Quick Summary

  1. Open your Avast and go to Tools » Firewall
  2. Click on Turn off and select for how long you want to disable it
  3. Confirm by clicking Yes if dialog appears

Read more detailed steps and other options including screenshots below

1. Open the Avast Interface

Go to your Avast interface by double-clicking on the orange icon in the Windows system tray. Or you can find Avast in the Windows Start » Programs » Avast.

Once you’re in you should see following message in the status area ‘Firewall is active‘. Click on ‘active‘ which will open following page. Alternatively you can go to ‘Tools‘ » ‘Firewall‘.

Firewall Status Page in Avast 2016Firewall Status Page in Avast 2016

2. Disable or Pause Avast Firewall

In the middle of the page, below the Firewall status ‘Firewall is on‘, click on the link ‘Turn off‘. You have four options – a) for 10 minutes; b) for 1 hour; c) until computer restart; d) permanently. It’s up to you which one you will select. If the confirm dialog will appear click on ‘Yes‘.

Disabling/Pausing Firewall in Avast 2016Disabling/Pausing Firewall in Avast 2016

Alternatively you can also disable Firewall from settings » ‘Components‘ » ‘Firewall‘ and changing the switcher from ON to OFF state.

3. Avast Firewall is Disabled

If you have done everything according to our guide, your Avast status should change to yellow color with the warning message ‘Firewall is turned off. Turn on‘.

Avast Antivirus 2016 Status Screen – Firewall is DisabledAvast Antivirus 2016 Status Screen – Firewall is Disabled

To turn it back on, simply click on the ‘Turn on‘ link or do the same steps as you did for turning it off.

If you want to leave Firewall disabled permanently you can remove it from the status monitoring by going to settings (cog wheel icon in the top-right corner) » ‘General‘ » ‘Status monitoring‘ » un-check ‘Firewall‘. Then your Avast will be ‘green’ again with no warning, even though Firewall will still be disabled.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2016 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) 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 Avast firewall 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.

This article has 10 comments | Did we miss anything? Just let us know in the comments!

  1. kristin Reply

    i too have an issue with the avast firewall NOT free version, premiere disable permanently will not terminate. So pissed pay out the wazzu and can’t can’t run anything on computer. It shall be uninstalled and never return.

  2. Eulalia Reply

    Hi, I have Avast Premium and Avast Cleaner – both paid. Since a few weeks I have a big problem with Avast. 1.I can not turn ON Firewall.( I tried make this by myself but I have on the screen: ‘Unable to start firewall’). 2.I can not update my Mozilla Firefox. Avast found some error (preventing ‘him’ to do this) and can not even tell me what is this error name or number. 3. Avast found – after Smart Scan – some not needed files and can not fix them, too. 4.I have yellow mark that my computer is at RISK but I can not smash this risk because Avast wrote me: ‘The following components could not be started – FIREWALL’. 5. I found by myself Error 43, Error 680 and error 777. Who can help me to resolve these problems? Avast is not able? What for I have this Avast? Is Avast overadvertised and able only to collect money for miserable work? I am very disappointed!!! I hope that someone will read this and anser me.

  3. Craig Whitley Reply

    Avast worked fine until “Internet Security” Now every time I attempt to enable Windows Firewall I get a message Avast prevents that.

    When I try to enable GlassWire’s Firewall, it tells me Avast Internet Security prevents that.

    Why do I want to disable Avast Internet security because with your firewall running I cannot operate my Media Center system nor can I use the KORE or Yatse or Android TV remote apps on my phone to operate KODI running on my TV through an NVIDIA Shield.

    I have chased this for way too long and need to find out how to stop Avast Internet Security from interfering with my set up.

  4. James Judilla Reply

    I used to be able to temporarily disable the avast anti virus, now I cannot. Followed the instruction on this site no luck. I had subscription to Avast Premier But when it expired I cannot temporarily disable the program. What gives?

  5. haseeb Reply

    I am not able to turn on avast firewall. Having risk of unwanted pop ups and ads. not able to browse at all.

  6. Customer Reply

    Why can’t I disable Avast? It turns itself back on, even when I select “Disable Permanently”.. is this because it’s the free version? If so, there should be a dialog stating it can’t be disabled, rather than accepting my command and then just ignoring it.

  7. Olivia @ Intel Security Reply

    We know that avast is a good antivirus and also it’s some operation are so critical.Your giving information and also some slide show are really helpful.Now it’s much more easier than before and all antivirus users used it easily.thank you very much.

  8. danny Reply

    avast is making fool of its users.avast firewall service is still running in the task manager. impossible to terminate th

  9. Linda Reply

    Thanks for this information although it doesn’t work in the free programs I won’t be able to disable it. There are two firewalls that my computer tells me just that I am using… the window firewall and avast. Sorry, I really don’t want to let avast go because it’s good in protecting me but I can’t have two firewalls because it’s slowing down my system per my computer. I prefer the default system windows.

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