Avast Online Security is a free browser plugin from Avast (view in Chrome Web Store). It is available for all major browsers – Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. Plugin main features are:

  • Scans websites for malware and prevents phishing
  • Showing if the site is safe or not in the Google’s search results
  • Detects and blocks unwanted advertising and tracking systems (sort of a AdBlock alternative)
  • Auto-corrects the domain/URL typos (e.g., llego.com –> lego.com)

Typically the plugin is automatically added to your browser when you install Avast Free Antivirus. While it is very useful to keep the plugin activated, it may be a bit intrusive for some users. Especially the green pop-ups ‘This site is safe‘ in the search results. Fortunately it is very easy to either removed the plugin completely or modify the settings so it will be invisible.

Green Check Marks and Pop-up ‘This Site Is Safe’ in the Google Search ResultsGreen Check Marks and Pop-up ‘This Site Is Safe’ in the Google Search Results

Disable/Remove/Uninstall Avast Browser Plugin from Google Chrome

  1. Locate the green ball icon in the top-right corner of your Google Chrome browser
  2. Right-click on it and select ‘Remove from Chrome…’
  3. Confirm removal by clicking on ‘Remove’

2 Simple Steps For Removing the Avast Browser Plugin From Chrome2 Simple Steps For Removing the Avast Browser Plugin From Chrome

Alternatively you can go to list of extensions in Chrome by typing ‘chrome://extensions/‘ in the address bar and click on the bin icon for the Avast Online Security extension.

Disable/Remove The Green Check Mark ‘This site is safe’ From Google Search Results

  1. Locate the green ball icon in the top-right corner of your Google Chrome browser
  2. Right-click on it and select ‘Options’
  3. Un-check the last option ‘Search engine results’ and the sub-option ‘Enable popups on search results page’
  4. Confirm by clicking on ‘Save’

2 Simple Steps For Removing the Green Check Marks 'This Site Is Safe' From Google Search2 Simple Steps For Removing the Green Check Marks ‘This Site Is Safe’ From Google Search

Alternatively you can go to list of extensions in Chrome by typing ‘chrome://extensions/‘ in the address bar and click on the ‘Options‘ link for the Avast Online Security.

Similar steps will work also for the other browser like Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera or Safari.

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. Carol Reply

    Hi there, the instructions above only tell us how to remove from chrome, does that mean it will be uninstalled, or will there still be files installed on my computer once I removed it from chrome? I already uninstalled it forme the programs and features in my control panel…
    Thanks for your answer!

  2. Ryan2175 Reply

    Um I downloaded the actual thing not the plugin for chrome. How do you disable the download.

  3. llewellyn Reply

    i want to get rid of avast search had constant problems all the time with avast anti virrus and a nightmare to even try to get my money back . get your search engine off my system

  4. Hal Reply

    Hi, Paul B. Thanks for your help. I apparently accidentally removed the Avast Online Security icon from the toolbar on the top right of my Chrome browser. I can’t find how to put it back. Can you help me?

    Thanks!

  5. Mary Mitchell Reply

    I just discovered that the Firefox plugin is turned off for Avast.
    Does this mean that I an unprotected?

    I have only the option to Remove.

    Avast is great, but, apparently, Firefox decided not to recognize it.

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