Quite a lot of avast! users are asking how to disable the pop-ups and notifications which can be sometimes a bit annoying. Mostly in the latest version 2014 (or 9) which came with the features like Software Updater, SecureLine, or GrimeFighter. These features are extremely useful however its everyday pushing pop-ups may be too much. Anyway here are a few simple tips on how to disable those obtrusive notifications.
For an easier navigation in this guide use the quick links below
- Disable Pop-up after Virus Definitions Update
- Disable Software Updater Pop-up
- Disable Sales/Upgrade Pop-ups
- Disable avast! SecureLine Pop-ups
- Disable avast! GrimeFighter Pop-ups
- Disable Security Report Pop-ups
- Set the Pop-ups Duration to One Second
- Turn On the Silent/Gaming Mode
- Remove Specific Components Causing the Pop-ups
1) Disable Pop-up after Virus Definitions Update
This pop-up notification is probably the most known one. It has grey background with blue button (in older version it was all green with grey 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-up
As the update itself is very vital, the notification, and sound may be not. So here’s very simple tip how to turn it off while keep your antivirus still udpated in the background.
Simply open your program and navigate to ‘Settings’ in the left-side menu. Find menu item ‘Update’ (fifth from top) and look for section ‘Details’. There you will find an 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! 2014
2) Disable Software Updater Pop-up
This tip is related only to Software Updater pop-ups. It basically pop-up only if you have some software on your computer out-dated. But this could be very annoying as some programs may have new version every single day. Wise solution is to ignore only those programs while keep tracking others.
avast! 2014 Software Updater Pop-up
If you are running version 2014 there is really simple way how 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 (popups) enabled’, and you will never see the Software Updater pop-up again. If you are still running on version 8 you have to update to version 2014, or follow the steps below.
Disabling Software Updater Pop-up in the avast! 2014
In order to ignore specific programs you have to go to Software Updater tool which is accessible from ‘Tools’ » ‘Software Updater’ in the main window. Once you’re there find the program which updates you want to ignore, click on ‘Ignore Updates’ and that’s it. Similarly if you want to start tracking updates of this program again click on ‘Stop ignoring’.
Disabling Specific Programs in Software Updater in the avast! 2014
Alternatively you can remove the Software Updater component from your avast! entirely.
3) Disable Sales/Upgrade 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 update. So you can just do the same thing as for disabling the pop-up after virus definitions update. That should help to keep your avast! Free Antivirus ad-free.
avast! 2014 Sales/Upgrade Pop-up on St. Patrick’s Day
avast! 2014 Seasonal Sale Pop-up
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 shame to miss as usually it’s time-limited offers.
4) Disable avast! SecureLine VPN Pop-ups
Since the avast! SecureLine VPN has been launched, you can see some SecureLine offers in your avast! Free Antivirus, or even in the paid products like avast! Internet Security. Basically these pop-ups are, same as the sales/upgrade ones, tight up to the virus definitions update. So just follow the insctruction for disabling the pop-up after virus definitions update.
avast! 2014 SecureLine VPN Pop-up Against NSA
There is also another type of the avast! SecureLine VPN notifications. They come up if you are doing any dangerous activity related to Wi-Fi network. For example when you are connecting to a public Wi-Fi on the airport 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 the particular network.
5) Disable avast! GrimeFighter Pop-ups
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-up
Basically there are two ways how to get rid of these alerts. First is pretty straightforward. Open your avast! antivirus interface and go to ‘Settings’ » ‘Tools’ » ‘GrimeFighter’ and click on ‘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 modify the further settings and set the pop-up to be displayed only when specific amount of issues is found, or how often do you want to be notified. Please note this approach requires you have the latest update 9.0.2016 installed.
Disabling GrimeFighter Pop-up in the avast! 2014
Second way is more ‘brutal’ as you can completely remove the GrimeFighter component from your avast! antivirus.
6) Disable Security Report Pop-up
Note: These pop-ups are present only in the avast! version 2013 (8). If you are using the latest version 2014 you won’t see them.
Once in a month you should get a pop-up notification called ‘AVAST Security Report’. For someone it may be interesting to see, while for someone else it’s totally useless. Good thing is that you can simply disable it.
avast! 2013 Security Report Pop-up
Just open your program and click on ‘Settings’ in the top-right area (below the close button). When the settings window opens you need to go to section ‘Popups’, and at the top you will find a box ‘SECURITY REPORTS’ with checked option ‘Show monthly security reports’. Simply un-check it and you should never see this pop-up again.
7) Set the Pop-ups Duration to One Second
By default all notifications are set to be visible for 20 seconds. So if you setup some notification to be displayed for 1 (one) second, this notification will then appear only for a single second on your desktop. That is quite acceptable.
Setting Pop-ups Duration to One Second in the avast! 2014
To do this you have to open your program and click on ‘Settings’. When the settings window opens you need to go to ‘Appearance’ and look for the section ‘Popups’. There you’ll see four types of pop-up notifications – Info (blue) which includes Software Updater pop-ups, Update (green) which incudes pop-ups after virus definition update, Warning (orange), and Alert (red). We suggest to left the warnings, and alerts settings as they are.
8) Turn On the Silent/Gaming Mode
Another way how to disable all pop-ups and notifications completely 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 actually still protected. Very comfortable, isn’t it?
Turning on the Silent/Gaming Mode in the avast! 2014
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’. That’s it since now you won’t see any systray pop-up notification from avast! antivirus.
9) 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 pop-ups related. On the other 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. But anyway here are steps how to remove them.
Removing Specific Components from the avast! 2014
Go to the Windows Control Panel, find ‘Programs’ and click on ‘Uninstall a program’. In the list of installed programs find avast! Antivirus you are using, and click on ‘Uninstall/Change’. The avast! Setup should appear, there go to ‘Change’ and click on ‘Continue’ button. Now you should see the full list of compoments/tools installed. Simply just un-check the ones you want to remove and click on ‘Continue’. After successful removal you should get the message ‘The product was successfuly updated’, then just click on ‘Done’.
Similar thing 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 even installed.
Although we have used avast! Free Antivirus 2014 screenshots in this article, steps are applicable for all avast! antivirus solutions (i.e. 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-rightcorner (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 how to disable them.