Using Passive Mode in Avast Antivirus

Passive Mode disables all active protection, such as shields and Firewall, so that you can use more than one antivirus program at a time without interfering with the performance of your PC or the reliability of antivirus detections. In Passive Mode, Avast Antivirus receives all virus definition and program updates which allow you to manually run scans to check for issues on your PC, however Avast does not actively protect you.

If Avast is the only antivirus software installed on your PC, only activate Passive Mode temporarily for specific troubleshooting purposes.

If you want Avast to actively protect you from malware and other security threats, ensure that Passive Mode is not turned on and the following conditions are met:


Follow these steps to turn Passive Mode on:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and click Settings.
  2. Click the Troubleshooting tab, then click the downward-facing arrow next to Passive Mode to expand the section.
  3. Click Turn on.
  4. Click Yes in the Component stop dialog to acknowledge that your active Avast protection will be turned off.
  5. Restart your PC to initiate Passive Mode.

Your Avast Antivirus protection is now running in Passive Mode. You can still run scans and check for threats manually, however, Avast is no longer actively protecting your PC. To turn Passive Mode off, go again to SettingsTroubleshootingPassive Mode.

  • Avast Ultimate 17.x
  • Avast Premier 17.x
  • Avast Internet Security 17.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 17.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 17.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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