Once in a while you’ll probably need to turn off your Avast Antivirus, or just pause some of its shields. Usually because you want to install some other party security software like firewall, or because Avast is blocking your favorite website or application.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.
Here’s the quick step-by-step guide on how to turn off/disable Avast 2016 – completely or temporarily. Steps are applicable for all Avast antivirus products (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, or Avast Premier).
- Right-click on the Avast orange icon in the Windows system tray
- Select Avast shields control and select for how long you want to disable it
- Confirm by clicking Yes on the dialog
Read more detailed steps and other options including screenshots below
1. Turn Off/Disable Avast Completely (All Shields)
Turning off all Avast 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 – Just navigate to the Windows task bar and find the orange Avast icon. By default it is hidden in some Windows systems, so click on the top arrow if you don’t see it. Once you find the icon, perform a right-click on it, look for the option ‘Avast shields control‘, and select one of the options there – disable for a) 10 minutes; b) 1 hour; c) until computer restart; d) permanently.
Step #2 – Whatever option you will choose, Avast will ask you for a confirmation, which you have to confirm by selecting ‘Yes‘. And that’s it, Avast and all its shields should be disabled/paused for whatever time period you have selected.
Step #3 – If you want to make sure Avast is really disabled, just open its main window. It should be red and saying ‘You’re in danger‘. To re-enable it again, click on ‘Turn ON‘ next to ‘Shields are turned off‘, and it should turn green with the message ‘You’re protected‘.
2. Turn Off/Disable Avast Temporarily (Specific Shield(s))
Besides turning off all shields at once, Avast also offers an option to temporarily turn off/pause any specific shield. Again, be sure you know what and why you’re doing it.
Step #1 – If so, then open the main Avast user interface, and go to settings (in the bottom left corner in the main Avast interface) » ‘Components’ (or ‘Active Protection‘ in the older version). There you will see all Avast shields (File System Shield, Behavior Shield, Mail Shield, Web Shield) listed.
Just find the one you want to disable and click on the switcher. Once you click on it, you will see four options – stop the shield for a) 10 minutes; b) 1 hour; c) until computer restart; d) permanently. Just select the period you want and click on it.
Step #2 – If the shield has been successfully disabled, you should see the switch change to ‘OFF‘ and the main window should be yellow with the message ‘You’re vulnerable‘. To re-enable it again, simply click on ‘Turn on‘ next to ‘Some shields are turned off‘, and it should turn green with the message ‘You’re protected‘.
3. Uninstall Avast Antivirus Completely
If none of these steps solved your problem, then you can consider uninstalling Avast Antivirus completely. Although we strongly discourage it, as Avast is the best free Antivirus available.
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 protection may leave your computer at risk.