How to Disable Antivirus Protection on Your Mac

How to Disable Antivirus Protection on Your Mac

Since your antivirus program protects your computer from dangerous viruses and malware, you really shouldn’t disable it without a good reason.

If it’s causing you trouble or affecting how an app you need installs or runs, you can usually disable it. However, you should reenable it as soon as you can. We will teach you how to temporarily disable some of the most popular antivirus apps for macOS.

Disable Avast for Mac

1. Open Avast on your Mac 

You’ll find it in your Applications folder and on the Launchpad.

2. Click Core Shields

It’s the tile with a shield icon.

3. Click the gear icon

It’s in the upper-right corner of the window.

4. Remove the checkmarks from each of the boxes

Avast’s “shields” are the things protecting you from viruses and malware in real-time. To disable this protection, you’ll need to disable each shield’s features.

Depending on your version of Avast, you may see switches below the shield names instead. If you do, click the switch below the shield to disable it.

You can re-enable these features at any time by replacing the checkmark.

5. Click the Scans tab

It’s at the top of Avast.

6. Remove the checkmarks from each option 

To prevent Avast from scanning for viruses, remove the checkmarks from each option under “Smart Scan.” Once you’ve finished this, Avast will be effectively disabled on your Mac.

You can re-enable Avast at any time by replacing the checkmarks.

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Disable AVG for Mac

1. Open AVG on your Mac

You’ll find it in your Applications folder and on the Launchpad.

There is no way to temporarily disable AVG on your Mac. The only way to stop AVG is to uninstall it. This method will cover uninstalling AVG properly.

2. Click the AVG AntiVirus menu

It’s at the top of the screen.

3. Click Uninstall AVG AntiVirus on the menu

A confirmation message will appear.

4. Click Continue

This will start the process of removing AVG from your Mac.

Depending on your settings, you may have to enter your password to continue.

5. Click Finish once the app is uninstalled

AVG is no longer installed on your Mac

Disable Norton for Mac

1. Open Norton on your Mac

You’ll find it in the Applications folder and on the launchpad

If opening Norton first displays the “My Norton” window, click Open next to “Device Security” to open the app.

2. Click Advanced or Settings 

The option you see depends on your version of Norton.

3. Click Protect My Mac

It’s in the left panel.

4. Slide the “Automatic Scans” switch to the off position

This prevents Norton from running scans for viruses.

5. Click the Firewall tab

It’s in the left panel.

6. Slide the “Connection Blocking” switch to the off position

This prevents Norton from blocking incoming threats in real-time.

7. Slide the “Vulnerability Protection” switch to the off position

This turns of vulnerability protection.

Now that all options are disabled, Norton is turned off.

To re-enable Norton, re-open the application and click Fix Now.

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