How to Disable (Turn Off, Stop) Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely or Temporarily

Occasionally you’ll probably Want To turn off your Avast Antivirus, or only pause a number of its own defenses. Usually since you wish to put in another party security software such as malware, or as Avast is obstructing your favourite site or application.

 

OUR TIP If You’d like to disable Avast As it’s blocking app or web site you expect, we would suggest to utilize the Avast Exceptions/White-list as an alternative.

 

Here is the fast Stepbystep manual On how best to turn off/disable Avast 2018 — completely or temporarily. Steps are Applicable for several Avast antivirus products (Free anti virus, Guru anti-virus, Internet Security, or even Avast Premier).

Quick Summary

Right-click on the Avast orange icon in the Windows system tray

Select Avast shields control and select for how long you want to disable it

Confirm by clicking Yes on the dialog

Read more detailed steps and other options including screenshots below

 

  1. Turn Off/Disable Avast Completely (All Shields)

Turning off all Avast shields basically means completely turning off the whole Avast Antivirus active protection. So be sure you know what you’re doing, although it’s actually quite simple.

 

Step #1 – Just navigate to the Windows task bar and find the orange Avast icon. By default it is hidden in some Windows systems, so click on the top arrow if you don’t see it. Once you find the icon, perform a right-click on it, look for the option ‘Avast shields control‘, and select one of the options there – disable for a) 10 minutes; b) 1 hour; c) until computer restart; d) permanently.

 

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely via Windows System Tray

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely via Windows System Tray

 

Step #2 – Whatever option you will choose, Avast will ask you for a confirmation, which you have to confirm by selecting ‘Yes‘. And that’s it, Avast and all its shields should be disabled/paused for whatever time period you have selected.

 

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely – Action Confirmation

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely – Action Confirmation

 

Step #3 – If you want to make sure Avast is really disabled, just open its main window. It should be red and saying ‘All antivirus shields are off‘. To re-enable it again, click on the green button ‘RESOLVE‘, and it should turn green with the message ‘You’re protected‘.

 

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely – User Interface

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Completely – User Interface

 

  1. Turn Off/Disable Avast Temporarily (Specific Shield(s))

Besides turning off all shields at once, Avast also offers an option to temporarily turn off/pause any specific shield. Again, be sure you know what and why you’re doing it.

 

Step #1 – If so, then open the main Avast user interface, and go to Protection » Core Shields. Alternatively you can go to Settings (in the bottom left corner in the main Avast interface) » ‘Components’ (or ‘Active Protection‘ in the older version). There you will see all Avast shields (File System Shield, Behavior Shield, Mail Shield, Web Shield) listed.

 

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Specific Shields – Shields Overview

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Specific Shields – Shields Overview

 

Just find the one you want to disable and click on the switcher. Once you click on it, you will see four options – stop the shield for a) 10 minutes; b) 1 hour; c) until computer restart; d) permanently. Just select the period you want and click on it.

 

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Specific Shields

Disabling Avast Antivirus 2018 Specific Shields

 

Step #2 – If the shield has been successfully disabled, you should see the switch change to ‘OFF‘ and the main window should be yellow with the message ‘File Shield is now off‘. To re-enable it again, simply click on the green ‘Turn on‘ button, and it should turn green with the message ‘You’re protected‘.

 

Avast Antivirus 2018 File Shield Turned Off

Avast Antivirus 2018 File Shield Turned Off

 

  1. Uninstall Avast Antivirus Completely

If none of these steps solved your problem, then you can consider uninstalling Avast Antivirus completely. Although we strongly discourage it, as Avast is the best free Antivirus available.

 

If you’re sure you want to do it, follow our step-by-step guide ‘How to Uninstall/Remove Avast Antivirus 2018‘ or download the simple removal tool called Avast Uninstall Utility.

 

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).

 

Turning off Avast protection may leave your computer at risk.

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