Installing an antivirus is very important to protect your computer from different types of malware attacks and viruses.
That is why most people prefer to purchase an antivirus after trying out a trial version of a particular brand to ensure ultimate protection for their system.
Avast Antivirus Overview
Most of the antiviruses available in the market are capable enough to protect your computer. But some antivirus software are quite popular among users because of the reliability and efficiency they offer.
Without a doubt, Avast antivirus is one of them. This is the reason why so many people choose this antivirus for long term use. But, there are times when antiviruses block certain sites from loading and could block even trustworthy apps from installing or altering the system files in some way.
Yet, deleting the entire antivirus application just for this purpose can cause additional risks for the users.
Avast antivirus does not let unknown service providers install anything on your computer and this can lead to a great problem for you at some point in time. Hence, you should know how to disable Avast, if you want to disable it for a time being.
But if you want to learn how to turn off Avast completely or power down certain Avast shields, then in this tutorial, you will exactly learn how to do that!
How To Disable Avast Antivirus
Doing this might completely turn off the antivirus protection on your system, so do this only when you are going to install any other such software. Here’s how to turn off Avast Antivirus, completely, without outright deleting the app.
Disabling All Shields At The Same Time
Step 1: Locate the orange icon for Avast on the Windows taskbar, then right-click to open the settings for the antivirus Avast.
Step 2: Now, go to Avast shields and select one of the given options i.e. disabling for 10 minutes, for an hour, until the computer is restarted or disable the shields permanently.
Step 3: Confirm the chosen option by clicking on “OK,” and after doing this, all the shields will be paused for however long you have selected.
Step 4: Just to confirm that Avast has actually disabled all the shields, go to the main window for the antivirus. Now, stay on the status tab and wait till you receive the below prompt.
If you receive the above prompt, then you have successfully turned off all the shields.
If, by chance, you have to restart the shields, then just click on the option ‘TURN ON’ in the main window, and your shields should be back on.
How To Disable Avast Shields, One At A Time
You won’t have to completely shut off your virus protection for everything. Shutting off particular shields might do the job as well. This has another benefit too i.e. if you turn off Avast antivirus services one at a time, then you will be able to finish your task with some modicum of protection services still on.
Step 1: Find the Avast icon on the taskbar i.e. on the bottom right corner. Double click to open the user interface of Avast.
Step 2: Once there, you can go to the ‘Protection’ tab, where you will find the option ‘Core Shields’. Now select the ‘Core Shields’ option.
Step 3: Inside the core shields, you will find 4 types of shields and their toggle buttons for disabling or enabling the shields.
Step 4: Now you can toggle the on-off toggle switch to disable one of the shields. Now again you will be asked what time do you want to disable the shields, and you can select any one of them.
Reactivating the disabled shields
Once the task is complete, you can toggle ‘ON’ to switch the shields on for installing complete protection.
Switching Off HTTPS Scanning In The Web Shield Of The Antivirus
HTTPS scanning in an antivirus is the shield that protects you from malicious malware that you can acquire from going to websites that deliver malware through the traffic generated through TLS and SSL encryption of the site.
Although, if HTTPS scanning is disabled, the system is now open to malware delivery through unsafe sites, and that is why you should go ahead with this only in dire situations, and when you trust the other site.
Here is the guide to switching off HTTPS Scanning:
Step 1: Go to the main user interface of Avast.
Step 2: Select the MENU button at the top right corner.
Step 3: Select the settings option as shown in the below snapshot.
Step 4: Select the ‘Core Shields’ option and scroll down from there till you come across the ‘Configure shield settings’ option.
Step 5: Now uncheck the box where it says, ‘Enable HTTPS Scanning’ and you’re done. If you want to turn the scanning on, then you just have to enable this setting by following steps 1 to 4.