How to Temporarily Disable Avast
Avast antivirus is a great package that has been keeping user’s computers virus-free since its release back in 1995. It offers excellent levels of security and even has a free-to-use version for those wanting basic antivirus protection. That being said, every once in a while, users will have to disable Avast because it deems your favorite website or software installation unsafe and risky.
For that reason, we’ve decided to create this simple guide on how to disable Avast. The guide will be split into two sections; how to fully disable Avast, and how to disable individual shields within Avast.
So, let’s not waffle on. Let’s get straight into the guide.
How to Disable Avast (Fully)
Before we continue, a quick warning.
This section will explain how to disable your antivirus package completely. It will potentially put your PC/laptop at risk of harmful files. Only do this if you feel it is absolutely necessary.
Anyway, now that’s out of the way, here’s how to disable Avast, completely.
Step #1: Enter the Avast shield control
The first thing you need to do is to locate the Avast tab in the taskbar (bottom right-hand corner of the desktop). Once found, right-click the icon and select the “Avast shield control” tab. Selecting this tab will open a secondary drop-down menu.
Step #2: Choose the length of time you want to disable Avast for
The drop-down menu will give you a couple of different options which include; Disable for 10 minutes, Disable for 1 hour, Disable until computer is restarted, and Disable permanently.
Simply choose one of the following options that best suits your needs.
Step #3: Confirm your actions
Avast will then prompt you to confirm your actions. You have a 60-second window to confirm you want to disable Avast. If you do not select an option, Avast will automatically deny the action. Simply click OK to complete the task.
Step #4: Checking Avast is disabled
If you would like to check to make sure Avast is disabled, simply open your Avast interface. If all went to plan, you should be greeted with a message that says all shields are disabled. See pic above
If you see this message you know that Avast is fully disabled.
How to Disable Individual Shields
Not every issue requires a complete shut down of your entire antivirus software. In certain situations, you can get away with disabling individual shields. By disabling certain shields, you should be able to finish your task whilst maintaining an element of protection.
Step #1: Locating your active protection
Starting by opening your Avast user interface. Once inside, select the “Protection” tab, located on the left-hand side. From the options, find the “Core shields” tab and select it. Inside this tab, you will find all your shields and which ones are active.
Step #2: Disable the chosen shields
Each shield will have an on/off toggle. If you have them all activated, each toggle will be set to on. To disable a certain shield, simply click the toggle to off. By doing so, Avast will ask you how long you would like to disable the shield for. Choose the relevant option and click OK.
Step #3: Re-activate shields
Once you have completed your task, you will want to re-activate your shields to make sure you have the maximum level of antivirus protection. Simply press the off toggle to switch it back on.
That’s all there is to it. Disabling your Avast antivirus really is a pretty simple process. We recommend that you only do this in a worst-case scenario, though. By following this guide, you WILL be putting your PC at risk. However, in certain scenarios, its the only thing that prevails.
This guide will work for all versions of Avast, including the free version.
Let us know if this guide was any help to you by leaving a comment in the section below. If you have any further information on how to disable Avast, we’d love to hear it!