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.

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. Ron Klotz Reply

    Avast firewall may be very good, but I need to disable it and restore Windows Firewall. I’m running Win7 Home Premium which falsely reports “no internet connection” with Avast Firewall running. The process for disabling Avast Firewall is a huge pain, but it’s part of the problem for which I can find no other solution.

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