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How Do I Temporarily Disable Avast?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help

I’ve had a couple of questions lately about how to temporarily disable the Avast security software. Sometimes you need to disable security software to install a program. I wouldn’t do it unless I was absolutely certain about the program I was installing. Here’s how to turn it off. Find the Avast icon on your taskbar.


Right-click on the icon. Choose Avast shields controls from the menu.  You can then choose to disable the program for a few minutes, an hour, until the PC is restarted, or until you activate them again.


~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “How Do I Temporarily Disable Avast?”

  1. Markj says:

    Cynthia, I would also strongly suggest that the person download the install program fully before start and then disable their Web connection before they disable their antivirus software.

  2. Norbert Gostischa says:

    I personally have never found a program that didn’t install while Avast was active.
    I also have never found a program that was so important that I needed to turn off my protection to get it installed. I’ve used Avast since 2003.

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