The Avast is one of the most popular antivirus, but for a number of reasons there are those who prefer to disable the software, leaving a passive mode, which turns off all active protection program. Thus, checking the system behind viruses, malware and other things becomes the responsibility of the user and becomes entirely manual.
Here you will learn how to disable Avast by putting it in Passive Mode so it only runs scans anytime you want.
Why disable Avast?
There are users who do not like to leave anti-virus active, as that means they will always be running and consuming resources – competing with games, for example. While this is essential to provide adequate security, some people prefer to update and scan their devices only when they are interested.
Other users, these smaller, use more than one antivirus on the computer, but for obvious reasons the two programs can not protect the device at the same time. Because they are designed to scan deeply from all corners of the operating system, two programs running at the same time would start fighting over the domain, slowing down the machine. Thus, both need to be disabled so that they can live in a certain harmony.
In general, a Passive Mode virus scanner continues to receive updates and definitions of new threats, but the entire verification process becomes manual. Manufacturers recommend extreme caution while disabling an antivirus because they will no longer function as designed.
How to Disable Avast
The procedure to disable Avast by putting it in passive mode is quite simple:
- Open the Avast interface by double-clicking the desktop icon, or by right-clicking the tray icon on the taskbar, choosing the equivalent option;
- Click the Menu button and select Settings;
- Click the Troubleshooting tab, and in Passive Mode, click the red switch to change it to green;
- Avast will ask the user to confirm the change, click the Yes button;
- The antivirus then prompts you to restart Windows, then click the Restart Now button.
Once Windows restarts, Avast will switch to Passive Mode and will no longer perform automatic checks on the system; to reactivate Avast, repeat the procedure and click on the green switch, changing it to red color.
Be careful when you disable antivirus
The manufacturers’ recommendation is that the user does not disable the antivirus because it is already prepared to protect the computer automatically. If you put Avast in Passive Mode, the responsibility of sweeping the system periodically becomes yours, and we do not always remember to do so. So, act at your own risk.