How To Disable Avast Antivirus Temporarily

If you're experiencing issues with a program or a game, your antivirus may be the culprit. Here is how you disable your Avast Antivirus temporarily.

Antivirus software programs can be great for keeping our personal computers safe and secure, but if you’ve ever used one, you know that an antivirus program can be the most frustrating thing at times. From long wait times to wrongly-flagged programs, they can cause all sorts of troubles.

Believe it or not, though, You can temporarily turn off most of these programs when you’re frustrated, in a hurry, or just really need a break. In the sections below, we’ll tell you how to disable Avast Antivirus, one of these programs.

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Avast Shields

Avast Antivirus – both the free and the paid version – works by protecting specific elements of your device using “shields.” Avast has four different core shields: the Web Shield, Mail Shield, Behavior Shield, and File Shield. As you might expect, each of these “shields” protects and monitors a different aspect of your activity.

The nice thing about this part of Avast Antivirus is that you can disable each shield individually if you only want to turn certain parts of the program off. For example, if Avast is preventing you from accessing a specific website, you can simply turn off the Web Shield temporarily until you’re ready to have protection again.

To do this, you first need to open the Avast program. It should be running in your system tray. From there, navigate to Protection.

How To Disable Avast Antivirus Temporarily Avast Shields

Once you have Protection open, you’ll see the areas your Avast software protects. If you have the full Avast Antivirus software, you’ll see a few extra features, such as a Ransomware Shield and a firewall. However, the Core Shields are what we’ll be looking at in this guide.

How To Disable Avast Antivirus Temporarily Core Shields

If you click on Core Shields, you’ll see your four main shields in action. You can disable them by merely toggling each green switch. Avast will even give you time intervals to select from if you want your shields to toggle back on automatically. Your options include ten minutes, one hour, until restart, and indefinitely.

How To Disable Avast Antivirus Core Shields

Turning Off Avast Antivirus Entirely

Of course, if you don’t want to bother with turning off any individual shields, you can just disable the entire program for a little while, too. Avast Antivirus gives you the same options for a total shut-off as they do for individual shields: you can turn it off for ten minutes, one hour, until restart, and permanently.

It’s even easier to disable the entire program than it is to disable each shield individually, even though it leaves you more vulnerable. All you need to do is find the Avast Antivirus icon in your system tray, then right-click on it. From the pop-up menu, select Avast Shields Control.

Turning Off Avast Antivirus Entirely

Once you’ve chosen Avast Shields Control, you’ll see how many shields you have on, plus the option of turning them off if you’d like. Choose which time interval works best for you. Of course, you can also disable the entire Avast Antivirus through the program itself, but the system tray is much quicker and easier!

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Rose Mattise
Rose Mattise

Rose has been combining her love for gaming with her passion for writing for years. She enjoys tinkering with PCs, scoping out the latest games, and whiling away the hours at her computer - usually by writing about her findings.

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