How to Turn Off Avast Database Updates

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How to Turn Off Avast Database Updates
Avast! can help prevent malicious programs from infecting your computer. (Getty Thinkstock)

Avast! is a computer software company that specialises in Internet security software for home and business use. Avast! Internet security programs include Avast! Free Antivirus, Avast! Pro Antivirus and Avast! Internet Security. In order to detect and remove the latest virus programs Avast! must keep its database up to date with the latest virus definitions. Consequently, these programs download the latest updates automatically by default. You can, however, turn off the automatic updates.


  1. 1

    Open Avast! Free Antivirus, Avast! Pro Antivirus or Avast! Internet Security.

  2. 2

    Click "Settings" in the top right corner.

  3. 3

    The Settings window opens.

  4. 4

    Click "Updates" in the left pane of the Settings window.

  5. 5

    Check the box next to "Manual Update" under Engine and Virus Definitions and click "OK". Note that you can also check the box next "Manual Update" under Program if you want to prevent the program from automatically updating when the latest version becomes available.

  6. 6

    Click "OK".

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