Quite a lot of Avast users are asking how to disable (turn off) the pop-ups and notifications which can be sometimes a bit annoying. Mostly from the version 2014 (or 9) which came out with the features like Software Updater, SecureLine VPN, or GrimeFighter.

These features are extremely useful, however its constant pop-ups may be too much. So here is the Ultimate Guide on how to disable those obtrusive notifications.

For an easier navigation in this guide use the quick links below:

  1. Disable Pop-up after Virus Definitions Update
  2. Disable Avast Update Pop-up
  3. Disable Software Updater Pop-up
  4. Disable Avast SecureLine VPN Pop-ups
  5. Disable Avast GrimeFighter Pop-ups
  6. Disable Sales/Upgrade Pop-ups
  7. Disable Green Check Marks in Google Search
  8. Set the Pop-ups Duration to One Second
  9. Turn On the Silent/Gaming Mode
  10. Remove Specific Components Causing the Pop-ups
  11. Upgrade Your Protection

1. Disable Virus Definitions Update Pop-up Notification

This pop-up notification is probably the most known. Luckily, it has been removed with the version 2015 release. It has a gray background with a blue button (in older versions it was all green with gray button) and every time it comes, the Avast lady will start “Avast virus database has been updated”. This notification is displayed every time your program gets automatically updated with the latest database of virus definitions – which may be up to two times a day.

Avast 2014 Virus Definitions Update Pop-upAvast 2014 Virus Definitions Update Pop-up

As the update itself is very vital, the notification, and sound, maybe not. So here’s a very simple tip on how to turn it off while keeping your Antivirus updated in the background.

Solution #1 – Simply open your program and navigate to ‘Settings’ in the left-side menu. Find the menu item ‘Update’ (fifth from the top) and look for the section ‘Details’. There you will find the option ‘Show notification box after automatic update’. It’s obviously checked by default so just uncheck it. That’s it, you should never see this pop-up again. Also, you can disable notifications if any error occurs during the update process.

Disabling Pop-up After Virus Definitions Update in the Avast 2014Disabling Pop-up After Virus Definitions Update in the Avast 2014

Solution #2 – Another good solution is to update your Avast to the latest version which doesn’t have these pop-ups at all.

2. Disable Avast Update Pop-up Notification

This pop-notification is displayed when there is a new version of your Avast available. It basically keeps prompting you until you update your program. No matter if you are using the free version or the paid one.

Message says ‘Your Avast antivirus is outdated. Update your antivirus to ensure the best protection. Update now‘.

Avast 2015 Update Pop-up NotificationAvast 2015 Update Pop-up Notification

Solution #1 – One way how to get rid of this pop-up is to actually update your Avast. Either by clicking on ‘Update now’, or by going to Avast user interface » ‘Settings‘ » ‘Update‘ » ‘Program‘ » ‘Update‘.

Solution #2 – If you don’t want to for some reason update your Avast and stay with the current version, you can disable these pop-ups by going to Avast user interface » ‘Settings‘ » ‘Update‘ » ‘Program‘ » click on ‘Settings‘ and select ‘Manual update‘.

3. Disable Software Updater Pop-up Notification

This tip is related only to Software Updater pop-ups. It basically pops up only if you have some software on your computer that is out-dated. This could be very annoying as some programs may have a new version every single day. The wise solution is to ignore only those programs while keeping track of others.

Message says ‘Important updates for some programs are ready for installation. Show updates‘.

Avast 2015 Software Updater Pop-up NotificationAvast 2015 Software Updater Pop-up Notification

Solution #1 – If you are running version 2014, 2015 or 2016, there is a really simple way to turn off those Software Updater notifications. Open the program interface, click on ‘Settings,‘ click on ‘Tools,‘ find ‘Software Updater,‘ and click on ‘Customize‘. There, just un-check the option ‘Notifications (pop-ups) enabled‘, and you will never see the Software Updater pop-up again.

If you are still running on older version (7, 8, 2014 or 2015) you have to update to version 2016, or follow the steps below.

Disabling Software Updater Pop-up in the Avast 2016Disabling Software Updater Pop-up in the Avast 2016

Solution #2 – In order to ignore specific programs you have to go to Software Updater tool which is accessible from ‘Scan‘ » ‘Scan for outdated software‘ in the main window. Once you’re there, find the program updates that you want to ignore, click on ‘Ignore Updates‘ and that’s it. Similarly, if you want to start tracking updates for this program again, click on ‘Stop ignoring‘.

Disabling Specific Programs in Software Updater in the Avast 2016Disabling Specific Programs in Software Updater in the Avast 2016

Solution #3 – If you want to completely turn off the Software Updater, open your Avast interface and go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Tools‘  and switch the state from ‘ON‘ to ‘OFF‘. With the component being turned off, you should never see the pop-up notification again.

Solution #4 – Alternatively, you can remove the Software Updater component from your Avast entirely. For more details about uninstalling the Software Updater component, check out this page – ‘How to Disable/Remove Avast Software Updater from Avast Antivirus‘.

4. Disable Avast SecureLine VPN Pop-up Notifications

Since the Avast SecureLine VPN hhas been launched, you can see some SecureLine offers in your Avast Free Antivirus, or even in paid products like Avast Internet Security. Basically these pop-ups are, like the sales/upgrade ones, tied up with the virus definitions update. So just follow the instructions for disabling the pop-up after virus definitions update.

Avast 2015 SecureLine VPN Pop-up Anyone can monitor and log your Internet activity – Hide my activity nowAvast 2015 SecureLine VPN Pop-up ‘Anyone can monitor and log your Internet activity – Hide my activity now’

There is also another type of Avast SecureLine VPN notifications. They come up if you are doing any dangerous/private activity related to the Wi-Fi network. For example, when you are connecting to a public Wi-Fi network at an airport, or if you are logging to your banking site, or even browsing some ‘adult’ sites, you will get a notification ‘Unsecured Wi-Fi network detected‘… Usually these notifications come with the option ‘Don’t show again‘, so just check it and you should never see the pop-up again on that particular network.

Solution #1 – If you are using any of the paid products (Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, or Premier), you can simply opt-out of all Avast offers, including SecureLine VPN. Just open your Avast interface, go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘General‘ » ‘Popups,‘  un-check ‘Show popup offers for other Avast products‘.

Solution #2 – If you want to completely turn off the SecureLine VPN component,  open your Avast interface and go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Tools,‘  and switch the state from ‘ON‘ to ‘OFF‘. With the component being turned off, you should never see the pop-up notification again.

Disabling Components (Browser Cleanup, GrimeFighter, SecureLine VPN, Software Updater) in the Avast 2015Disabling Components (Browser Cleanup, GrimeFighter, SecureLine VPN, Software Updater) in the Avast 2015

Solution #3 – Alternatively, you can remove the SecureLine VPN component from your Avast entirely.

5. Disable Avast GrimeFighter Pop-up Notifications

Also, the latest addition to Avast product portfolio, Avast GrimeFighter (system optimization tool), is being heavily offered through the Avast Free Antivirus pop-ups. The small notification says ‘Performance Alert! We found XX bits of evidence that Grime is slowing down your computer‘ and provides more details about the issues.

Avast 2014 GrimeFighter Pop-upAvast 2014 GrimeFighter Pop-up

Solution #1 – Basically, there are two ways to get rid of these alerts. First is pretty straightforward. Open your Avast Antivirus interface and go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Tools‘ » ‘GrimeFighter,‘ and click on the ‘Customize‘ button. There you will see a checked option ‘Always test this computer for Grime‘. Simply un-check it and that’s it. Also, you can further modify the settings and set the pop-up to be displayed only when a specific amount of issues are found, or how often you want to be notified.

Disabling GrimeFighter Pop-up in the Avast 2015Disabling GrimeFighter Pop-up in the Avast 2015

Solution #2 – If you want to completely turn off the GrimeFighter component,  open your Avast interface and go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Tools,‘ and switch the state from ‘ON‘ to ‘OFF‘. With the component being turned off, you should never see the pop-up notification again.

Solution #3 – Alternatively, you can remove the GrimeFighter component from your Avast entirely.

6. Disable Sales/Upgrade Offer Pop-ups

From time to time, you could see a sales pop-up from Avast offering you a good deal for an upgrade. It seems that most of these sales pop-ups are related to virus definitions updates. You can just do the same thing for disabling the pop-up after virus definitions update. That should help keep your Avast Free Antivirus ad-free.

Typically the message says ‘Seasonal SALE. Upgrade your protection and save big. Get upgrade‘.

Avast 2015 Seasonal Sale Pop-up NotificationAvast 2015 Seasonal Sale Pop-up Notification

Recently Avast started to display pop-up notifications with the number of hacker attacks in the country you are located. Full message for the United States says ‘Last week we stopped 494,356 hacker attacks in the U.S. Make sure you’re protected – upgrade your security today. Upgrade now‘.

Avast 2015 Pop-up Notification with the Number of Hacker AttacksAvast 2015 Pop-up Notification with the Number of Hacker Attacks

Solution #1 – If you are using any of the paid products (Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, or Premier), you can simply opt-out from all Avast offers. Just open your Avast interface, go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘General‘ » ‘Popups,‘ un-check ‘Show popup offers for other Avast products.

Disabling Pop-up Offers for Other Avast Products in the Avast 2015Disabling Pop-up Offers for Other Avast Products in the Avast 2015

However, if you are using Free Antivirus 2015, the only way to disable the sale offers is to upgrade your protection to the paid one.

On the other hand, Avast sometimes offers a great deal during those campaigns. For example, you could get Avast Pro Antivirus for $10, or Avast Internet Security for $20. These would be a shame to miss as they’re usually time-limited offers.

If you are seeing the green check marks in your Google Search results, it is because you have a Avast Online Security browser plugin installed.

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

Solution #1 – To remove the check marks simply follow these steps

  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’

Solution #2 – Or you can uninstall the Avast browser plugin completely.

8. Set the Pop-ups Duration to One Second

By default, all notifications are set to be visible for 20 seconds. If you setup some notifications to be displayed for 1 (one) second, these notifications will then appear for only a single second on your desktop. That is quite acceptable.

Setting Pop-ups Duration to One Second in the Avast 2015Setting Pop-ups Duration to One Second in the Avast 2015

To do this, you have to open your program and click on ‘Settings‘. When the settings window opens, you need to stay on ‘General‘ and look for the section ‘Popups‘. There you’ll see four types of pop-up notifications – ‘Info popups,‘ which includes Software Updater pop-ups; ‘Update popups,‘ which includes pop-ups after virus definition updates; ‘Warning popups,‘ and ‘Alert popups.‘ We suggest leaving the warning and alerting settings as they are.

9. Turn On the Silent/Gaming Mode

Another way to completely disable all pop-ups and notifications is to turn on the so-called ‘Silent/Gaming Mode‘ in your Avast Antivirus. This mode basically means you won’t even know you have the Avast Antivirus on your computer, although you will be still protected. Very comfortable, isn’t it?

Turning on the Silent/Gaming Mode in the Avast 2015Turning on the Silent/Gaming Mode in the Avast 2015

If you want to turn on this mode. you have to go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘General,‘ and find item ‘Silent/Gaming Mode.‘ Simply tick the box and the mode is turned on. Turning on this mode can also be done using the Avast systray icon. Just right-click on it and left-click on ‘Silent/gaming mode‘. Now you won’t see any systray pop-up notification from Avast Antivirus.

10. Remove Specific Components Causing the Pop-ups

You can also remove from your Avast Antivirus the specific components/tools which are causing the pop-ups, especially the Software Updater, SecureLine VPN, or GrimeFighter. By removing them, you can be sure you won’t see any related pop-ups. On the other hand, you will lose the features they are bringing. So our suggestion is to keep them installed and adjust their pop-ups using the above instructions. However, if you’d still like to remove them, follow these steps.

Removing Specific Components from the Avast 2015Removing Specific Components from the Avast 2015

Go to the Windows Control Panel, find ‘Programs,’ and click on ‘Uninstall a program’. In the list of installed programs, find Avast Antivirus, and click on ‘Uninstall/Change’. The Avast Setup should appear, go to ‘Change,’ and click on ‘Continue’. Now you should see the full list of components/tools installed. Just un-check the ones you want to remove and click on ‘Continue’. After successful removal, you should get the message ‘The product was successfully updated,’ then just click on ‘Done.’

Similar things can be done when the new installation is performed. You just have to select the custom one and un-check the specific components so they won’t be installed.

11. Upgrade Your Protection

If you are using the Avast Free Antivirus, you are targeted simply because you are using the free version. Therefore, we recommend increasing your protection to any of the paid products, which are completely ad-free. Plus, we have a great 30% discount, so you can get Avast Internet Security for only $34.99.

Go to our downloads, do a little investment, increase your protection, and have a peace of mind.

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).

Also, please note these steps work only for the pop-up notifications which are being displayed in the bottom-right corner (systray) of your Windows. They don’t apply to expiring notifications (i.e. ‘Your Antivirus Will Expire in 10 Days’) as there is no way to disable them. Only license renewal.

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.

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  1. whatever Reply

    Upgrade to paid version to avoid popups… So you have transformed your product into an adware… No problem, sooner or later will be an alternative to your product, as you were from another, and so on…

  2. ed Reply

    PS. I forgot to mention that I upgraded a 2nd machine from W7 to W10 at the same time in the same way (d/l’d update) and that machine doesn’t have this problem. Even stranger as that’s the one that I use for all my internet browsing (but no emails. The pc that IS contaminated with Avast I only use for very specific business purposes and emails which I am very careful with.

  3. ed Reply

    I never had avast installed on W7 Pro. I upgraded to W10 last week and now I have this damn popup every hour.
    Is this a virus ? There is no sign of avast in the list of apps that can be uninstalled. There is no address info when you hover over the clickable links. There is no source or other info when you right click on the box. What sort of garbage is this anyway? (PS This is a rhetorical question as I’m going to buy a new version of W7 pro and get rid of this W10 garbage – at least for the next few years. Maybe there’ll be a viable alternative to W10 by then. We can only hope.
    But I would like to know how this got on my machine in the first place as the ONLY change in my environment was to upgrade from W7 to W10. Thanks to anyone who has the answer.

  4. keekap Reply

    One popup that Avast does NOT provide, but I wish it would, is a popup to tell me when the Avast background service (in Windows) has been disabled. I’ve discovered that periodically the Avast service (which basically runs all of Avast’s protections, as far as I can tell) stops working (or, even worse, is perhaps turned off by some malware!), and I get NO notification of that.

    The amazing thing is that even though the service can be turned off or disabled like that, the Avast icon remains in the system tray, but with a tiny red “X” on the side of it. That is not enough of an indicator to catch my attention until it is too late.

    I wish Avast would provide a popup that alerted me to the fact that Avast is NOT RUNNING, so I can re-start the service.

    Is there a way to enable a popup to indicate when Avast has been unexpectedly shut down? Maybe a parallel app that monitors whether Avast is running or not…? Anti-malware software ought to prepare in advance for scenarios where malware TURNS OFF users’ anti-virus and anti-malware software. That is of course the FIRST thing that malware will try to do, and if it is successful, the user needs some notification that they are suddenly unprotected.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

  5. Laura Reply

    I get a “password check” popup and it sits there until I close it–it can be hours. I will not pay for Avast just to be able to get rid of popups. I have Avast disabled in my browser due to its intrusiveness and because it slows down the brower. I would think that would disable it on my computer.

  6. Deb - Systems Engineer Reply

    I paid for Avast, and Avast then decided to make it Free….. A whole raft of popups generated by Avast were so annoying, I moved to Bitdefender. I am now blissfully unaware of the good Anti Virus work being done in the background by my paid AV service, Bitdefender. In my opinion, Avast has become so doggedly annoying, you can’t even give it away……., well certainly not to me…

  7. Neil Hansell Reply

    Upgraded to windows 10 and ever since, keep getting a pop up to complete windows 10 update. I do not want Avast as we have another virus protector already installed. Can set reminder to never but surely this means there is something from Avast on my machine? I would wish to get rid of this

    • Jody Reply

      I am having the same issue. I have run the avastclear.exe which says it removes all traces of avast and still I get this popup every time I log in. Anyone know how to fully remove the upgrade utility?

    • Christina Princely Reply

      STOP THE POP UP FROM MY COMPUTER AND THE HACKING ALSO!

      Upgraded to windows 10 and ever since, keep getting a pop up to complete windows 10 update. I do not want Avast as we have another virus protector already installed. AVAST IS HIDDEN SOMEWHERE on my COMPUTER! HOW DO I GET IT OFF? I WANT to get rid of this

  8. Gregg Eshelman Reply

    I don’t have the Avast Firewall installed but every day it still pesters me to turn it on. I didn’t find anywhere in the settings to turn off a popup or alert for the firewall.

  9. marty walsh Reply

    We uninstalled Avast before upgrading to windows 10. The nagging popup for Avast continues to annoy about every half hour. Dont want this product in any form. It feels like a virus punishment for uninstalling. How to get rid of it once and for all?

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