How to disable Avast Free Antivirus

Sometimes Avast Free Antivirus can detect secure files and data. In order to avoid these cases, you should disable your antivirus protection temporarily. And this guide will help how to do this.

Step 1: Antivirus screens

Use right-button of the mouse on Avast system tray icon and choose Avast shields control:

There are 4 options:

  • Disable for 10 minutes.
  • Disable for 1 hour.
  • Disable until computer is restarted.
  • Disable permanently.

Step 2: Disabling

If you want to shut down Avast completely, you should point the fourth option. Otherwise, you can choose temporarily actions.

Let’s try to disable it permanently. Choose the fourth option in the drop-down list below:

Confirm your action:


Test the Avast Free Antivirus icon. You would notice that it has been changed:

Just click on it.  And you’ll discover that all real-time shields are turned off. To restore your protection, you should push on Turn on button: