How to Disable Avast

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You probably tend to lock your doors at night, as having uninvited guests while you sleep is not ideal.

Still, there may be exceptions to that rule. Perhaps you have a friend coming in from out of town that you don’t want to wait up for. Whatever the reason, there are some occasions for allowing a short lapse in security to take place.

The same can be said for your computer. There are circumstances that your antivirus (AV) software is impeding some action that needs to happen.

Antivirus: The Good and the Bad

Let’s start by declaring that the good of AV software will always outweigh any negative repercussions of using it.

That being said, the positive aspect is obviously that AV software protects your computer from malicious code. There are tons of malware – worms, viruses, etc. – that are just waiting for a chance to invade your machine.

Even with the best security practices – including applications and operating systems that have built-in defenses – you’ll at some point need a dedicated software to scan your files.

In fact, you may wonder why you would ever remove such a protective barrier.

Why You Want to Disable Avast AV Software

To answer that, you would need some idea as to how AV software works.

All AV software should scan files (and actions) on your computer. Some are more tenacious with this task than others. If you find that you cannot perform an action, it may be due to an overzealous AV program.

AV software may throw up a red flag for certain actions – installing applications or drivers that place files in system areas or edit the Window’s registry. These can be seen as behaviors that malware software would also do.

Avast can be similar to other AV programs in this regard.

It is times such as these that you would consider disabling the Avast service in order to complete the installation of desired the software.

How Do You Disable Avast Service?

With the prior explanation, you may now be asking yourself “How do I disable Avast free antivirus for Windows 10?”

The easiest approach – and this may vary with different versions – is to right-click on the Avast icon (in the Windows system tray) and select Avast shields control.

From there, choose how long you wish to disable the service for. Once done, confirm your selection.

While you can choose to permanently shut down the AV software, you’ll want to consider the ramifications of doing so. Good security may seem an intrusion at times, but it’s better than the alternative that malware can cause).

The Importance of Device Drivers to Security

Speaking of security, there are reasons to consider keeping your machine’s many device drivers up to date as well.

Many issues in Windows can be attributed to missing, corrupted, or outdated drivers. Most center on how well a device performs. Still, any software can have potential security flaws.

Let’s say the manufacturer of a device on your computer discovers that a feature can be exploited. They would, of course, set out to write an updated driver that avoids this potential security risk. Problem solved – right?

Only if you actually download and install the needed update. This goes for any software.

Updating Device Drivers on a Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 makes it easy to update device drivers – at least it makes the effort easy. You can allow the O/S to attempt to search for the driver, but it won’t always find an optimal one. In such a case, you may need to find and install the driver yourself.

Manually Installing the Drivers Yourself

To find the latest drivers for the desired device on your machine, you’ll need some details. This includes the model and possibly other information.

Once you find and download the driver, you can go into the Device Manage—find it by way of the search box on the taskbar—right-click on the device and choose Update driver.

From here, it will give you the choice of whether to allow Windows to search for one or if you’d prefer to locate the downloaded driver yourself. Choose the latter option.

Automating the Task of Keeping Drivers Current

For those who enjoy the challenge of chasing down the correct drivers for your computer’s various devices, you may wish to read no further.

For everyone else, there is another approach. Software, such as Driver Support, can make this endeavor easier. Automating the task makes sense if you prefer spending your time doing other useful or fun things.

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