How to Disable Avast Anti-Virus

By Naomi Bolton

Certain software packages require that you disable your anti-virus software for the duration of the installation to prevent errors. These errors can occur because the anti-virus software might detect the changes that the software makes during the installation as "false positives" which halts the process. Disabling your Avast anti-virus does not mean you have to uninstall the software, you only need to temporarily halt the scanning process. Anti-virus programs, such as Avast, have different levels of active scanning which can be disabled individually.

Disable Avast Anti-Virus

Step 1

Right-click the orange Avast icon on the Windows taskbar and select the "Avast! shields control" option.

Step 2

Select the duration for which you want to disable the anti-virus from the list of options.

Step 3

Select "YES" when prompted, if you want to continue, in order to turn off all the shields and disable Avast Anti-Virus.

Disable Individual Avast Anti-Virus Shields

Step 1

Open Avast Anti-Virus 2014 and select "Settings" from the main program screen.

Step 2

Select "Active Protection" to view a list of shields that are active on your computer. Avast Anti-Virus consists of three levels of protection, the File System shield which protects files on your computer, the Mail shield which guards against incoming emails that may be malicious and the Web shield which monitors websites for suspicious behaviour.

Step 3

Click the "ON" button next to each shield and select the duration that you want to disable the particular shields. Your options are, disabling the shield for ten minutes, one hour, until the computer is restarted or permanently.

Step 4

Click "OK" and select "Status" The message "You are unprotected" is displayed to indicate that Avast Anti-Virus is disabled.

Tips & Warnings

  • Disabling the Avast software leaves your system vulnerable to malicious software and viruses. Click the "Resolve All" button next to the "You are unprotected" message on the status screen to re-enable all of the shields.