How to Install, Setup & Turn Off Avast Free Antivirus 2017

Install, Setup & Turn Off Avast Free Antivirus

Want to learn how to install and setup Avast Free Antivirus 2017 without bloatware?

Want to know which components to install? how to add or remove components? or how to turn Avast off?

Is Avast slowing down your computer and/or internet?

Don't want the Avast email signature "This email has been sent from a virus-free computer protected by Avast" at the bottom of each email you send?

Is Avast blocking a program that's 100% safe?

Then you've landed on the right page, because this tutorial will show you step by step how to install, setup, add or remove components, and turn off Avast Free Antivirus and also what to do when Avast is slowing down your computer and/or internet.

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus is a popular free antivirus program created by the company AVAST Software s.r.o.[1]

The headquarters of Avast is located in the city of Prague in Czech Republic and they also have offices in Germany, China, United States, South Korea and Taiwan.[2]

The free version of Avast often get good results in av-tests like AV-Test, AV-Comparatives and Simon Edwards Labs (the successor to Dennis Technology Labs) and therefore it's often a recommended free antivirus program.

Avast free edition is also a good virus protection for your Windows 10 PC.

Install & Setup Avast Free Antivirus 2016

Install Avast Free Antivirus

1. Go to www.avast.com (official website).

2. Click on the download button (FREE ANTIVIRUS DOWNLOAD).

3. If your browser asks where to save the installer file, then select a location on your computer where you want to save the installer and click on "Save".

4. Run the installation file. Two ways to run the installation file:

5. Click on "Customize" located just below the "INSTALL" button.

Custom Install Avast Free Antivirus

6. Uncheck everything except "File Shield", "Behavior Shield", "Web Shield", "Rescue Disk" and if you are using an email client (software), then leave "Mail Shield" also checked.

7. Click on the "Install" button.

8. Avast will now be installed on your computer and after the installation process is completed, you will need to restart your computer.

Setup Avast Free Antivirus

1. Open Avast.

2. Click on "Settings" located at the bottom left.

3. Uncheck "Enable Avast email signature".

4. Click on "Sounds" and uncheck "Enable Avast sounds".

5. Click on "Privacy" and uncheck "Participate in the Avast community" and "Participate in data sharing".

6. Click on "Components" located in the left sidebar.

7. Click on "Customize" located next to "File System Shield".

8. Click on "Actions" located in the left sidebar.

9. Select the following options at "Virus", "PUP" and "Suspicious":

Select action to be performed when a ... is found

Note! you will need to change these settings within each tab separately (virus, pup and suspicious).

Avast Free Antivirus Actions Settings

10. Click on "OK" to save the settings.

11. Click on "OK" to close settings.

Avast Account

Log into your Avast account or if you don't have one yet, then create one.

1. Click on "Sign in" located at the top right.

2. Now you will have the following options: "LOGIN WITH FACEBOOK", "LOGIN WITH GOOGLE" or enter your email address and password.

3. Click on the "LOGIN" button.

4. If you don't have an account yet, then click on "Create a new account".

5. Now you will have the following options: "LOGIN WITH FACEBOOK", "LOGIN WITH GOOGLE" or enter your email address and desired password (twice).

6. Click on the "CREATE NEW ACCOUNT" button.

Add or Remove Individual Components

Install / Add Components - Method 1

1. Open Avast.

2. Click on "Settings" located at the bottom left.

3. Click on "Components" located in the left sidebar.

4. Click on "Install Component" located at the right of the component you want to install.

5. After the installation is finished, click on "Restart computer".

6. Click on "RESTART NOW".

Install / Add Components - Method 2

1. Open Windows "Control Panel".

2. Open "Programs and Features".

3. Right-click on "Avast" and choose "Change".

4. Click on "Modify".

5. Check the component(s) you want to add (install).

6. Click on "Change".

7. After the installation is finished, you will need to restart your computer.

Uninstall / Remove Components - Method 1

1. Open Avast.

2. Click on "Settings" located at the bottom left.

3. Click on "Components" located in the left sidebar.

4. Click on the small grey arrow down icon located at the right of the component you want to remove.

5. Click on "Uninstall Component".

6. Click on "OK" to confirm.

7. After it's finished, click on "Restart computer".

8. Click on "RESTART NOW".

Uninstall / Remove Components - Method 2

1. Open Windows "Control Panel".

2. Open "Programs and Features".

3. Right-click on "Avast" and choose "Change".

4. Click on "Modify".

5. Uncheck the component(s) you want to remove (uninstall).

6. Click on "Change".

7. After the uninstallation is finished, you will need to restart your computer.

Disable Avast Email Signature

The Avast email signature is enabled by default and whenever you send an email the person who receives this email will see the following email signature "This email has been sent from a virus-free computer protected by Avast" at the bottom of each email you send.

If you don't want this email signature, then you can easily disable it.

1. Open Avast.

2. Click on "Settings" located at the bottom left.

3. Uncheck "Enable Avast email signature".

4. Click on "OK" to close settings.

The email signature is now disabled.

Additional Security Software

You can also use extra free software and services together with Avast Antivirus, such as:

How to Turn Off Avast

There may come a time that you want to turn off (disable) Avast, because Avast is blocking your favorite website or program, or it's preventing you from installing software. Luckily there is a way to easily turn off (disable) Avast and I will show you step by step how to turn off/disable Avast Antivirus completely or temporarily.

Turn Off Avast Completely (All Shields)

1. Right-click on the small Avast icon located in the Windows taskbar.

Avast Free Antivirus Windows Taskbar Icon

2. Go to "Avast shields control" and choose one of the following options:

Turn Off Avast Antivirus

3. When the confirmation window appears, click "Yes" to disable Avast.

Turn Avast On

1. Right-click on the small Avast icon located in the Windows taskbar.

Avast Free Antivirus Windows Taskbar Icon

2. Go to "Avast shields control" and choose "Enable all shields" or open Avast and click on "Turn on".

Turn Off Avast Temporarily (Specific Shield(s)

1. Open Avast.

2. Click on "Protection" located in the left sidebar.

3. Click on "Antivirus".

4. Click on the green "ON" button located next to the shield you want to disable.

Stop Avast Antivirus

5. Choose one of the following options:

6. When the confirmation window appears, click "Yes" to stop Avast.

Now the button(s) will turn red and show "OFF".

Turn Avast On

1. Right-click on the small Avast icon located in the Windows taskbar.

Avast Free Antivirus Windows Taskbar Icon

2. Go to "Avast shields control" and choose "Enable all shields" or open Avast and click on "Turn on".

Stop Avast Free Antivirus from Blocking a Program

It's possible that Avast will block software that's 100% safe.

This happens also with other antivirus programs.

If you know that a program is 100% safe, then you can add this program as an exception in the whitelist (exclusion list) of Avast. This will prevent Avast from blocking this program in the future. I will show you step by step how to do this.

Note! you must be 100% sure that the program that you want to exclude is 100% safe otherwise you might put your PC at risk.

1. Open Avast.

2. Click on "Settings" located at the bottom left.

3. Click on "Exclusions".

4. Open the "File paths" tab.

5. Click on the "Browse" button.

6. Go to the folder (location) of the program you want to exclude from Avast. Example: "Local Disk (C:)" > "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)".

7. Check (select) the folder of the program you want to exclude from Avast.

Add Program Avast Exclusions List 2

8. Click on "OK".

9. Click on "OK" located at the bottom to save the setting(s).

10. Restart your PC.

Uninstall Avast Free Antivirus

1. Open Windows "Control Panel".

2. Open "Programs and Features".

3. Right-click on "Avast" and choose "Uninstall".

4. Click on "Uninstall" to uninstall (remove) Avast.

5. After the process is completed, you will need to restart your computer.

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