Disable Avast Antivirus temporarily or permanently
Avast Antivirus is one of the most popular free antivirus programs on the market, but there are times when you’ll want to disable or uninstall it temporarily or permanently. For example, if you’re planning to install another antivirus program such as Norton or McAfee, you should disable Avast before making the switch and then uninstall it later. You might also need to turn off Avast if you’re having issues with the program or your computer and need to use another antivirus program temporarily while troubleshooting the problem.
Disabling Avast in Windows
If you’re using Windows, you can disable Avast in two ways: system-wide and application-specific. System-wide disables your entire security suite, whereas application-specific disables just one feature of a suite like SecureLine VPN. The latter is usually more convenient for users who only want some features enabled at a time. For example, if you only need SafeZone browsing but not SecureLine VPN access, then enabling it on a per-feature basis is ideal. Here’s how to do both.
You’ll need administrative privileges to access these options. If you have an Avast Account, log in with your username and password to make changes. Otherwise, click Manage my licenses if you have a Premium license and Manage my subscriptions if you have a Free license and then choose My Products from the sidebar.
The first method, disabling your entire security suite via Windows Settings, is ideal if you have a Windows 10 PC. On versions of Windows prior to 10, you can still access some options in Settings; however, it’s best to use Control Panel for complete control over your Avast installation. Click Start > Settings > Update & Security and choose Recovery from the sidebar.
Uninstalling Avast in Windows
To uninstall Avast in Windows follow these steps: open Add/Remove Programs, select Avast and click Uninstall. You will be asked if you want to restart your computer when you are done uninstalling. Choose Yes. When your computer restarts it will no longer have Avast installed. This is a good time to check for any viruses on your system before installing another antivirus program (see Scanning for viruses below).
If you are having problems uninstalling, you can use Revo Uninstaller (free) to uninstall Avast. This is an additional program that needs to be downloaded, but it gives you more control over how programs get removed from your computer. Uninstall any other antivirus software you have installed and then run Revo Uninstaller by following these steps
When you get to Start –> Programs, select Revo Uninstaller and click Run. A program dialog box will pop up, listing all of your installed programs. Scroll down to find avast! antivirus 6 or 7 (this is where it may vary by operating system). Check off that entry and then click Remove. Once you have confirmed you want to remove it, a pop-up box will ask if you want to uninstall in Normal Mode or Extreme Mode.
Choose Normal Mode, and then click Uninstall. A dialog box will come up with a progress bar that indicates how much of it has been removed from your computer. This may take some time, so be patient. When it is done removing Avast, you can close Revo Uninstaller. Be sure to run your own antivirus program after uninstalling Avast!
Disable/Uninstall Avast on Mac
- Click Go and then click Applications; 2. Find Avast 2017 and click on it, then press (Command + Shift + G) to bring up Library; 3. Drag Avast into an external drive or trash bin on your dock; 4. Open Finder, then select Go>Go To Folder (Shift + Command + G). Paste: ~/Library/Application Support/Avast, press Enter.
Copy and paste following command into Terminal. Press Enter, when prompted with password input your password.
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.avast.plist sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Avast
sudo rm -rf /Applications/Avast.app
Restart your Mac.
Disable/Uninstall Avast on Windows: 1. Click Start and then click Control Panel; 2. Find Programs and Features in left pane, click it, then press Uninstall a program under Programs; 3. Under list of installed programs find and select Avast 2017 (or any other version) and press Uninstall button; 4. When prompted with User Account Control press Yes to confirm; 5. Restart your PC when prompted.
Disable/Uninstall Avast on Windows: 1. Press Win + R, then type services.msc into Run dialog box and press Enter; 2. Scroll down and right-click on avast! Antivirus service, select Properties; 3. In General tab click Stop button; 4. Click Apply, then OK; 5. Right-click again and select Start service button; 6. Go back to step 2 and disable it again following same steps as above (except starting with Stop instead of Start).
Disable/Uninstall Avast on Android
If you want to use some other security program for a little while, uninstall Avast from your Android device and then install another antivirus program in its place. Then, when you’re ready to bring Avast back on your Android device, just go back into your app settings and restore it as an active antivirus program again. It’s super easy! Here’s how: 1. Open your Settings menu. 2. Select Apps 3. Tap Avast Mobile Security 4. Select Uninstall updates 5. Confirm that you want to uninstall Avast by tapping OK 6. Wait for Avast to finish uninstalling 7. Restart your phone 8. Install a different antivirus program
To restore Avast after you’ve uninstalled it, go back into your app settings and click on Installed Apps. Here, you can select and re-enable Avast in just a few easy steps. Just tap Install updates when prompted, and your phone will take care of reinstalling everything that came with your previous installation of Avast Mobile Security. You’ll be able to see all of your device protection features and settings once again within minutes!
- Open Avast Mobile Security 11. Click Accept 12. Enter your license key 13. Click Next 14. Select I accept 15. Click Next 16. Select Start 17. Tap Finish 18. Tap OK 19. Restart your phone 20. Go back into Settings > Apps 21. Select Avast Mobile Security 22. Click Uninstall updates 23. Confirm by tapping OK 24. Wait for Avast to finish uninstalling 25. Restart your phone 26. Reinstall Avast 27. Go through setup wizard 28. When prompted, enter your license key 29. Tap Next 30. Select I accept 31. Click Next 32. Select Start 33. Tap Finish 34. Tap OK 35. Restart your phone 36. Go back into Settings > Apps 37. Select Avast Mobile Security 38. Click Installed apps 39. Select Avast Mobile Security 40. Click Update 41. Confirm by tapping OK 42. Wait for Avast to finish updating 43. Restart your phone 44. Open Avast 45. Click Accept 46. Enter your license key 47. Click Next 48. Select I accept…
Disable/UninstallAvast on iOS
Go to Settings > General > Profile & Device Management (scroll down and tap). Delete your profile by swiping it left. Then, restart your phone and connect again using a new email address (you may also want to change your password). Reinstall Avast on iOS by logging in with that new email account. Once you’re logged in, go back into Settings > General > Profile & Device Management (scroll down and tap) and hit Trust next to avast!