Using Passive Mode in Avast Antivirus

Passive Mode disables all active protection, such as Core 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.

By default, Passive Mode is disabled. If Avast Antivirus is the only antivirus software installed on your PC, only activate Passive Mode temporarily for specific troubleshooting purposes. Otherwise, to keep your PC actively protected from malware and other security threats, ensure that Passive Mode is not enabled and the following conditions are met:

Enable Passive Mode

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select MenuSettings.
  2. Select the Troubleshooting tab from the left panel and click the Passive Mode panel to expand the section. Then click the red slider so that it changes to green.
  3. Click Yes to acknowledge that your active Avast protection will be turned off.
  4. Click Restart Now 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 disable Passive Mode, repeat the steps above and click the green slider so that it changes to red in step 2.

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