Sometimes you want to install other party software such as firewall, or you are not able to access some website because Avast blocks it, so you need to Disable Avast Antivirus or pause some of its shields.
Therefore, follow the below-given methods to disable Avast antivirus temporarily or permanently.
Method 1: Disabling Avast Completely (All Shields)
Disabling all Avast shields, i.e., turning off the Avast Antivirus active protection is very simple. Just follow the below steps:
Step 1: At first, look for the orange Avast icon on the taskbar on your desktop. If you don’t see it, click on the top arrow on the taskbar. Now, right-click on the avast icon and choose the option “Avast shields control“. Then, select the time until which you have to disable it such as 10 minutes, 1 hour, until computer restart or permanently.
Step 2: A confirmation message will appear on your screen, to confirm the disabling of avast click on “Yes“. Thus, Avast and its shields will be disabled now for the period of time you have chosen.
Step 3: Also, you can open the main window of Avast to make sure that Avast is disabled. If you see the message “All antivirus shields are off” in red colour, it means avast is disabled. To enable it again, just press the green button “Resolve” and the message “You are protected” will appear in green colour.
Method 2: Disabling Avast Temporarily [Specific Shield(s)]
Apart from disabling all shields at once, you have the choice to turn the off a specific shield. To do this, follow the below steps:
Step 1: At first, open the Avast software and then click on Protection and then Core Shields. Also, you can select Settings at the bottom on the left side in the main window and then choose”Components“. Now, you will see list of Avast shields, i.e., File System Shield, Behavior Shield, Mail Shield, Web Shield.
Just click on the toggle button of the one you want to disable. After clicking on it, you have to select the time period for which you have to disable it such as 10 minutes, 1 hour, until computer restart or permanently.
Step 2: After disabling the shield, the switch will change to “OFF“. Also, in the main window, a message “Field Shield is now off” will appear in yellow. For enabling the shield again, click on the button “Turn on” in green colour and the message which says “You are protected” will appear in the main window.
Method 3: Uninstalling Avast Antivirus Permanently
Thus, if you are not able to solve the problem, then the last option is to uninstall Avast Antivirus entirely from your system. Although it is discouraged because Avast Antivirus software is one of the best free software available.
For uninstalling the Avast completely, follow the below steps:
Step 1: Search for Avast antivirus in the list of all programs installed on the system in the Apps and Features section. Then, left-click it and choose “Uninstall”.
Step 2: Open the Avast Setup window, then click on the “Uninstall” button in orange colour.
Step 3: Now you need to confirm the uninstallation process. A pop-up will appear and now click on “yes” if you want to continue uninstallation.
Step 4: Then, confirm the uninstallation again. Thus, if you want to continue uninstallation click on “Uninstall Avast” button. Also, if you will click on the “Renew your Avast Free Antivirus” option, then you be registered for one year.
Step 5: Finally process to uninstall Avast will begin. Now, wait for the process to complete. After it completes press the “Restart computer” button or you can click on the link “Restart later” to restart it after some time.
The above-given methods are helpful for all Avast Antivirus solutions like Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, Avast Premier. Also, compatible with all versions of Windows.