How to Turn Off Avast Antivirus Completely

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How to Turn Off Avast Antivirus Completely
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Avast offers free antivirus software for non-commercial and home users, and a Pro version for commercial users and businesses. The Avast antivirus software protects your computer with several real-time monitoring shields that monitor e-mail, Internet connections and computer files to instantly protect you from potential threats. These real-time shields run silently in the background to monitor for viruses and malware, and can interfere with legitimate operations in rare cases, such as installing new software.

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  1. 1

    Right-click the Avast Antivirus icon in the notification area of your toolbar. The notification area is on the right side of your toolbar.

  2. 2

    Hover over the “Avast Shields Control” entry of the right-click contextual menu. This expands the menu to offer additional options. Click “Disable Permanently” to turn off all Avast protection shields.

  3. 3

    Click “Yes” to confirm your action in the Avast warning screen. This confirms that you intended to shut down Avast protection.

Tips and warnings

  • Select “Disable Until Computer is Restarted” from the right-click contextual menu if you want Avast to restart protection shields when you reboot your computer.

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