How to Install, Setup & Turn Off Avast Free Antivirus

Install, Setup & Turn Off Avast Free Antivirus

Want to learn how to install and setup Avast Free Antivirus?

Want to know which components to install?

Want to add or remove components?

Want to know how to turn off Avast?

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 here I 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.

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.

The free version of Avast often get good results in av-tests like , and (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

It's always better to start with a fresh installation.

1 Go to (official website).

2 Click on the download button (FREE DOWNLOAD).

3 Click on the "FREE DOWNLOAD" button located underneath "Free Antivirus".

4 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".

5 Run the installer. Two ways to run the installer file:

  1. Click on the downloaded avast...exe file in your web browser screen. Google Chrome will be at the left bottom corner. Mozilla Firefox will be at the right top corner.
  2. Go to the location on your PC where you saved the avast...exe file and then double-click click on the downloaded file.

6 Click on "Customize" (located just below the "Install" button).

Custom Install Avast Free Antivirus

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

("Mail Shield" works only for 3rd party mail clients like Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, or The Bat! and not for online email services like Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail).

So you need to uncheck the following components:

Browser Protection: most antivirus programs install browser protection extensions, but you don't need extra browser protection, because most web browsers have phishing and malware protection built-in and browser extensions can actually make you less safe, because browser extensions can create security holes. If you want better protection, then don't use browser extensions.

Cleanup and Browser Cleanup can be replaced by the free version of Ccleaner.

8 Click on the "Install" button (located at the bottom).

Avast will now be installed on your computer...

9 After the installation process is completed, you need to restart your computer.

Setup Avast Free Antivirus

1 Open Avast.

To open Avast you can double-click on the desktop shortcut icon or click on the icon located in the taskbar (notification area).

Avast Free Antivirus Icon

2 Click on the gear icon (located at the right-top) to open the settings menu.

Avast Free Antivirus Settings

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 "Active Protection" 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

  1. Ask
  2. If action fails, then: Move to Chest
  3. If action fails, then: Fix automatically

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

Avast Free Antivirus Actions Settings

10 Click on "OK" (located at the bottom).

Settings will be saved.

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 right-top).

2 When you have an account, then enter your email address and password, and click on the "Login" button.

When you don't have an account, then:

  1. Go to "Don't have an account yet?" (located underneath the login button).
  2. Click on the "Register" link.
  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Retype your password.
  6. Click on the "Create new account" button.

That's it. Avast is now setup.

Add or Remove Individual Components

Method 1

1 Open Avast.

To open Avast you can double-click on the desktop shortcut icon or click on the icon located in the taskbar (notification area).

Avast Free Antivirus Icon

2 Click on the gear icon (located at the right-top) to open the settings menu.

Avast Free Antivirus Settings

3 Click on "Components" (left side).

Install / Add Component

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

The component will now be installed.

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

6 Click on "RESTART NOW".

Uninstall / Remove Component

4 Click on the Avast components option icon located at the right of the component you want to remove.

5 Click on "Uninstall Component".

6 Click on "OK" to confirm.

Avast will now uninstall the component.

Method 2

1 Open Windows "Control Panel".

2 Open "Programs and Features".

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

Avast Free Antivirus Add or Remove Components

4 Click on "Modify".

Avast Free Antivirus Add or Remove Components 2

5 Check the component(s) you want to add or uncheck the component(s) you want to remove.

Avast Free Antivirus Add or Remove Components 3

6 Click on "Change".

Avast will now add or remove the component(s).

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.

To open Avast you can double-click on the desktop shortcut icon or click on the icon located in the taskbar (notification area).

Avast Free Antivirus Icon

2 Click on the gear icon (located at the right-top) to open the settings menu.

Avast Free Antivirus Settings

3 Uncheck "Enable Avast email signature".

disable Avast email signature

4 Click on "OK" located at the bottom.

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 Hover with your mouse-cursor to "Avast shields control" and choose one of the following options:

Turn Off Avast Antivirus

Now a confirmation window will open...

3 Click "Yes" to disable Avast.

4 To turn Avast back on, just open Avast and click on "Resolve all" or "Turn on".

Turn Avast Antivirus On

Turn Off Avast Temporarily (Specific Shield(s)

1 Open Avast.

2 Click on the gear icon (located at the right-top) to open the settings menu.

Avast Free Antivirus Settings

3 Click on "Active Protection" (located in the left-sidebar).

4 Click on the "ON" button(s) located next to shield(s) and choose from the following options:

Stop Avast Antivirus

Now a confirmation window will open...

5 Click "Yes" to stop Avast.

Now the button(s) will show "OFF".

6 To turn Avast back on, just open Avast and click on "Resolve all" or "Turn on".

Turn Avast Antivirus 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.

To open Avast you can double-click on the desktop shortcut icon or click on the icon located in the taskbar (notification area).

Avast Free Antivirus Icon

2 Click on the gear icon (located at the right-top) to open the settings menu.

Avast Free Antivirus Settings

3 Click on "Exclusions" to unfold.

4 Open the "File paths" tab.

5 Click on the "Browse" button

Add Program Avast Exclusions List 1

6 Select the folder (file path) of the program on your computer.

Go to "Local Disk (C:)" and "Program Files" and select (check) the program's folder.

Add Program Avast Exclusions List 2

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

8 Restart your PC.

Uninstall Avast Free Antivirus

1 Open "Control Panel".

2 Click underneath "Programs" on "Uninstall a program".

Uninstall a Program

3 Right-click on "Avast Free Antivirus" and choose "Uninstall". Or select "Avast Free Antivirus" and click on "Uninstall" (located at the top).

Uninstall Install Avast Free Antivirus

4 Click again on "Uninstall".

Windows will now uninstall Avast...

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

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