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 ‘An update to your version of Avast antivirus is now available. Please update your program now. Update now‘.

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

Solution #1 – The only 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‘.

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 or 2015, 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, or 2014) you have to update to version 2015, or follow the steps below.

Disabling Software Updater Pop-up in the Avast 2015Disabling Software Updater Pop-up in the Avast 2015

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 2015Disabling Specific Programs in Software Updater in the Avast 2015

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.

Disclaimer

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2015 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).

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.

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  1. William Barnes Reply

    I’m in the same boat as a lot of these people here too. long time avast user, would like to continue, but seriously considering another program. Stop the add popups. If wanted those I wouldn’t have downloaded an anti-virus program and let my computer get spammed. Plus this websites false advertising. I can’t stop the popup ads for free as stated on this website. But sadly I know your tactics work because I know two inexperienced PC users that were pressured by these ads to purchase a subscription. I’m sorry to say I can no longer recommend avast to my fellow PC users.

  2. Richard Reply

    The advertising popup thing is annoying and is a pretty bad precedent for an antivirus program, one of the goals of which is presumably to prevent pop up advertising in the first place! Kind of ironic.

    In my case, I was a paid subscriber who’d referred a lot of friends/family to Avast but have since stopped doing this, as since the 2015 version they’d constantly nag me about the popup ads! I have since switched people to a competing product, along with myself.
    Because although it made little difference to me as a subscriber (never saw the ads myself), knowing Avast deems this sort of tactic acceptable gave a poor impression of Avast as a company who I’m trusting with my internet security.

    So not only have you lost me, you’ve also lost all those potential future customers too.
    Cheers
    – R

  3. Tony Schonenberger Reply

    you lot are not customer focused at all if you are prove it and switch off the annoying pop ups

    • William Barnes Reply

      Avast needs free users just as much as paid because they’re free advertising and more data can be collected on viruses. If they want to stay one of the top anti-virus programs they need that data to stay on top of new and upcoming viruses.

  4. Grant markowski Reply

    the “annoying” popups show that avast is not customer focussed, because if they were, they’d know that it so fucking annoying that they’ve lost this customers return business based on the ads alone- remember, we did download the perpetual free antivirus app, no, we actually paid for subscription and then are subjected to this ad nauseum popup nonsense Bitdefender here we come for 2016 subscription  by-by avast

      • Grant markowski Reply

        Hi Paul,
        i use avast internet security, paid subscription and get popups.
        It’s clear from your reply that you don’t see things from the customer point of view.
        I don’t want to have to research how to turn off the popups which your company inflict on their paying clients, not just for my own machines, which i’m more than capable of doing myself, but the family members who get anxious and distressed when they are told that their machine is possible under some sort of threat from intruders etc.
        Also, the writer of this article stated “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.”, this is not a true statement. A purchased license of Avast is “not” ad free at all. I have a 3 year 3 user license of avast Internet Security and the ads are very real. You have to navigate to turn the damn thing off. The less pc savvy user can’t do this and is frozen with fear- my retired aging parents for example :)

  5. anon Reply

    I recommended avast as an antivirus and installed on my friends computer
    they at first are happy with the antivirus.
    but some days later they come at me mad blaming about thoose pop ups.

    also, the pop ups are completely useless on grandma’s computer, she doesn’t understand them and gets confused about whats going on

  6. hllsn Reply

    “for only a single second on your desktop. That is quite acceptable.” REALLY?

    Who says a second is acceptable?

    It is annoying and distracting. I have been using Avast for more than seven years now and considering to use another antivirus programs since you have changed your pop-up policy and decided that it is acceptable to show these malware-like pop-ups down our throats whenever you like!

  7. Colonello Reply

    For many years Avast Free was my recommendation to friends and family, I installed it on a lot of computers. But the new advertising pop-ups are really annoying! Do you really think that warnings like “your computer could be infected” or “Avast protected pc-users from zillions of attacs” will make new customers? Please stop these cheaps tricks!

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