Software Updater - Getting Started

Software Updater in Avast Antivirus helps keep commonly used third party software up to date to eliminate potential security risks. Malicious attacks often exploit holes in outdated software to access your PC. This feature displays the most popular programs installed on your PC and allows you to easily update them.

Software Updater in Avast Premium Security or Avast Omni allows you to configure automatic updates for your applications.

Update software manually

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  2. From the outdated software list, tick the box next to one or more applications to select it, and click the Update selected button above the list.
If Avast is unable to directly download and install an update, you are redirected to the vendor's website or another appropriate site to download the update.

Turn on automatic updates (Avast Premium Security and Avast Omni only)

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  2. Next to Automatic updates, click the OFF slider so that it changes to ON.

This action enables Avast to automatically download and install updates.

This feature is only available in Avast Premium Security or Avast Omni. For all other versions, you will be asked to upgrade first.

Manage individual applications

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  2. Click the down arrow next to an application to expand the panel and perform the following actions, if needed:
    1. Verify the vendor details, current version, and the new version of the application, if available.
    2. Click Update to update the application.
    3. Click Ignore updates to exclude the application from updates.
We strongly recommend you do not enable the Ignore updates setting, as outdated software is highly vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Manage Software Updater settings

The Software Updater settings screen allows you to manage notifications from Software Updater and enable automatic updates.

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select MenuSettings.
  2. Select PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  3. Customize the following options:
    • Notifications about new updates: tick if you want to be notified when a software update is available. This option is enabled by default.
    • Automatically update my apps (Avast Premium Security and Avast Omni only): tick to allow Software Updater to automatically install downloaded updates for your third party software when possible. Automatic installation runs in the background and no action is required from you.

Troubleshoot update issues

If Software Updater doesn't work as expected, refer to the following article to troubleshoot the issue by resetting the internal database of Software Updater to the default values:

  • Avast Premium Security 19.x
  • Avast Omni 1.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 19.x
  • Avast Premier 19.x
  • Avast Internet Security 19.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 19.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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