Do Not Disturb Mode - Getting Started

Do Not Disturb Mode is a performance feature in Avast Antivirus that disables unnecessary notifications while you are using applications in full screen.

Each time you open an application in full screen, Do Not Disturb Mode automatically detects it and adds the application to the Do Not Disturb Mode list. When applications on this list are used in full screen again, all notifications from Windows, Avast Antivirus, and other applications are disabled.

You can also manually add or remove applications from the Do Not Disturb Mode list and customize the notification settings. For instructions, refer to the sections in this article.

Add an application

  1. Go to PerformanceDo Not Disturb Mode.
  2. Click Add App.
  3. Select an application using one of the following methods:
    1. Click an application's panel to add it automatically. The text in the right column changes to Added.
    2. Click Select App Path, then navigate to the application, and click Open.

Your selected application is added to the Do Not Disturb Mode list.

Remove an application

  1. Go to PerformanceDo Not Disturb Mode.
  2. Hover your cursor over an application's panel, tick the box that appears next to it, and click Remove Selected.
  3. Click Yes, Remove It to confirm.

Your selected application is removed from the Do Not Disturb Mode list.

You can also disable Do Not Disturb Mode for an individual application by clicking the green (ON) slider so that it changes to red (OFF).

Manage settings

  1. Go to PerformanceDo Not Disturb Mode.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon) in the top-right corner.
  3. All settings are enabled by default. Untick the box next to a setting to disable it.
    • Silence notifications from 3rd-party apps: Blocks all alerts from other applications when your specified apps are full screen.
    • Silence Avast notifications: Stops all Avast pop-ups, warnings, and scheduled scans when your specified apps are full screen.
    • Pause Windows Updates: Stops Windows Updates from running when your specified apps are full screen.
    • Automatically add new apps: Adds any application opened in full screen to the Do Not Disturb Mode list.
 

Add silenced application exceptions

Additionally, you can set an exception by specifying applications that you don't want silenced, even when you are in full screen. To specify applications to never silence:

  1. Click Don't block notification from these apps.
  2. Click Add App.
  3. Select applications using one of the following methods:
    1. Click an application's panel to add it automatically. The text in the right column changes to Added.
    2. Click Select App Path, then navigate to the application, and click Open.

Notifications from the selected applications will continue to appear, even when you are in full screen.

To remove an application from the never silenced list, click Don't block notification from these apps, then hover your cursor over the application's panel and click the trash can icon that appears, then click Yes, Remove.

More options

To access additional options for each application on your Do Not Disturb Mode list, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to PerformanceDo Not Disturb Mode.
  2. Hover your cursor over an application's panel and click (three dots).
  3. Select from the following options:
    • Launch: Opens the application.
    • Rename: Allows you to change the application name displayed in the Do Not Disturb Mode list.
    • Remove: Removes the application from the Do Not Disturb Mode list.
    • Maximize performance: Prioritizes the application when it is in full screen and sets Windows to high performance mode.

Further recommendations

For more information about Do Not Disturb Mode, refer to the following article:

To access advanced Do Not Disturb Mode settings, refer to the following article:

  • Avast Free Antivirus 20.x
  • Avast Premium Security 20.x
  • Avast Omni 1.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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