UPDATE Avast DeepScreen technology has been terminated and replaced by the Avast CyberCapture from the Nitro Update release.

DeepScreen is an advanced technology for running “unknown” applications inside the safe environment. It helps to determine whether the file is malicious or not. It has been introduced in Avast 2014 and it continues to exists in Avast 2015 and 2016. Sometimes it’s also being misspelled as DeepScan or Deep Scan.

It is available in all Avast antivirus solutions, including the free version (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security and Premier). In all versions it is turned on by default.

How Avast DeepScreen Works

When you open a program which is not used by many others Avast users, DeepScreen will automatically scan this application to make sure it’s clean. DeepScreen basically executes the file in the virtual environment and monitors its behavior. So it’s definitely an extremely useful security feature.

Avast DeepScreen Runs the Application in the Safe Virtual Environment Before Starting it on Your SystemAvast DeepScreen Runs the Application in the Safe Virtual Environment Before Starting it on Your System

All this happens when the following pop-up notification ‘A program is being analyzed. The analysis takes about 15 seconds‘ appears:

Avast DeepScreen Pop-up 'A program is being analyzed' During the File ScanAvast DeepScreen Pop-up ‘A program is being analyzed’ During the File Scan

When file passes the scan as a clean one, it is automatically added to exclusion list so next time Avast won’t run a DeepScreen on it. However DeepScreen may be sometimes a bit annoying because the scan usually takes a really long time, even though the pop-up says it will take only about 15 seconds. Or you know the application is totally safe, so there is no need to scan it.

Avast DeepScreen Pop-up 'No problems found' Confirming the Program is Safe to RunAvast DeepScreen Pop-up ‘No problems found’ Confirming the Program is Safe to Run

So here are two ways how to disable Avast DeepScreen feature in the 2016 version. First way is to disable the feature completely, second way is skipping DeepScreen for selected files using Avast Exclusions. We definitely recommend keep the DeepScreen turned on and use the exceptions if needed.

1. Disable Avast DeepScreen Completelly Forever

To completely turn off DeepScreen in your Avast antivirus 2016 follow these steps:

  1. Open Avast user interface and go to settings (cog wheel icon in the top-right corner)
  2. In the ‘General‘ tab (first item) uncheck ‘Enable DeepScreen
  3. Confirm by clicking the ‘OK‘ button

Disabling the Avast DeepScreen Completely in the Avast 2016Disabling the Avast DeepScreen Completely in the Avast 2016

Now Avast DeepScreen is turned off and disabled. To enable it back, just follow the same procedure. Change takes effect immediately, there is no need to restart your computer.

2. Add Program to Avast DeepScreen Exclusion List

Much smarter way then disabling DeepScreen completely is using the exclusion list. When you add the application to the DeepScreen exceptions, it will always pass the scan and open the file without any warning or delay. Unfortunately it is not possible to exclude whole folders from DeepScreen.

Follow these steps to add any file to DeepScreen exclusions in Avast 2016:

  1. Open Avast user interface and go to settings (cog wheel icon in the top-right corner)
  2. In the ‘General‘ tab (first item) scroll down to ‘Exclusions
  3. Switch to ‘DeepScreen’ tab and add the application by browsing to its file path. If you are not sure what exactly you should exclude, check the file path on the DeepScreen pop-up
  4. Confirm by clicking the ‘OK‘ button

Adding the Files to Avast DeepScreen Exclusions in Avast 2016Adding the Files to Avast DeepScreen Exclusions in Avast 2016

Now Avast DeepScreen is disabled for the applications you have added to the exception list. To learn check out our full guide about managing exclusions in Avast.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2018 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).

Managing exceptions or turning off Avast protection may leave your computer at risk.

Avast DeepScreen technology has been terminated and replaced by the Avast CyberCapture from the Nitro Update release.

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.

This article has 12 comments | Did we miss anything? Just let us know in the comments!

  1. Martijn Reply

    I don’t have the DeepScreen option there, but it’s still popping up and causing all kinds of trouble, to put it lightly.

    So where is it in the latest version??

  2. nos Reply

    Deep scan actually DOES things that cannot be undone
    like sending commands to peripherals two times
    (once with deep scan and then in the normal run).
    So.. even if the tested program runs in a sandbox, actually it is not
    fully insulated and very often the double commands create problems
    also because the first run is interrupted after 15 sec
    leaving the peripheral in an uncertain state.
    If the second real run cannot recover the peripheral,
    then we are in trouble

  3. Jim Reply

    The deepscreen checkbox is missing from my options for some reason, I thought I was going mad

  4. Kenneth Wallace Reply

    This has been a problem since Avast Business came out. Two of our departments use proprietary software that gets screened as a virus and moved into the avast chest. We exclude the file itself, tried excluding the folder it resides in and tried to turn off Deepscreen.

    Every reboot, Deepscreen is re-enabled, and the exclusions are gone! How do we fix this besides uninstalling Avast? Because having to choose, we have to choose our department’s required software over Avast.

  5. ws Reply

    my installed avast is avast business security 11.1.2510
    follow above steps… but all the time when reboot the computer, deep screen option is turn to check
    is it program bug?

    that kind of shitting option is always makes troble with my rad studio.

  6. Leo Reply

    Hi Paul, I have the same problem but whenever I restart my pc, DeepScreen its enable again.


  7. Alex B Reply

    Can the Deep Scan feature be turned off permanently? I develop software and frequently rebuild executables which the deep scan continually detects as a potential threat…

      • Nickel Reply

        Hi, Paul.

        We already know that ‘the option is there and we can click left button by myself to turn it off’ What we are saying about is ‘the option is survived again when our pc reboots!’
        this thread has begun feb 2016 but the problem is not resolved until now (may 2016)..
        hmm… may we choose other one? 🙁

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