How to Turn off Avast Antivirus (Temporarily or Permanently)

Avast is powerful free antivirus software that works most of the time correctly, but you still need to know how to turn off Avast just in case. Few programs got blocked wrongly by Avast sometimes can cause delay to your working progress. In this writing, Homeer will show you how to turn off Avast temporarily, permanently, or even uninstall it from your computer.

Temporarily/permanently turn off Avast free Antivirus

No matter which PC you are using, a budget PC , a mid-end PC, or even a high-end one, you need antivirus software to protect your computer from potential threats. Once or twice, the software doesn’t work as you expected. 

Sometimes, Avast misreads a program as a malicious software program and stops it from executing. To run that program, you need to add it to the exceptions list or stop the Avast antivirus program while you are using it.

Here how you are going to do:

Step 1: Click Show hidden icon on the right side of your taskbar to find the Avast icon if it doesn’t show up already.

Step 2: Right click on the Avast icon - Choose Avast shield control

Step 3: Choose one of four options depending on your purpose:

  • Disable for 10 minutes: disable Avast for exact 10 minutes, automatically enable Avast shield protection right after then.

  • Disable for 1 hour: disable Avast for an exact 1 hour, automatically enable Avast shield protection right after then.

  • Disable until computer is restarted: disable Avast until you restart your computer.

  • Disable permanently: disable Avast until you enable Avast shield manually.


Add program into Avast Exceptions (White list)

If you don’t want to disable Avast for a while to leave your computer vulnerable to other potential harms, you can always add the program you want to use into the Exceptions section.

Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Avast user interface from its shortcut or Avast tray icon.

Step 2: Click Menu on the right side of the top bar - Choose Settings.

Step 3: Choose General tab- Choose option Exceptions

  • Click Add Exception to add the file path, folder path, or website domain to exclude.

  • Click Add Advanced Exceptions for file/folder, website/domain and commands.


Disable one or more specific features of Avast

Step 1: Open the Avast user interface from its shortcut or Avast tray icon.

Step 2: Select Protection on the left Menu

Step 3: Choose a feature that you want to change the settings


Uninstall Avast completely

If you don’t like the way Avast operates, you can uninstall Avast completely any time you want. 

Step 1: Search and open “Add or Remove programs” in the Start Menu of Windows 10

Step 2: search or scroll to find Avast in the list, choose Uninstall

Step 3: Choose Uninstall on Uninstall interface of Avast - click Yes to confirm.

Step 4: Wait for the Uninstaller to finish and restart the computer to complete the uninstall task.


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Is it safe to turn off, disable some features or uninstall Avast?

Each shield of Avast protects you from some specific dangers to your computer, your network, and your private information. If you are using some program requiring turning off some antivirus feature or it keeps getting block by Avast, double-check the program. If you know the program and know what you are doing, add the program into the exceptions list, or turn off one or a few Avas core shield features.

Among many free antivirus programs, they recommend Avast quite often. If you plan to use another program, remember to uninstall Avast completely. Two or more antivirus programs on a system can cause conflict problems.

Is it safe to turn off, disable some features or uninstall Avast? It depends on what you are doing. It is ok if the software you are running is clean. Try not to use unrecognized programs, and don’t let your computer unattended. You can activate Windows Defender when you don’t know which antivirus software to use. 

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