Protecting the Avast Antivirus program with a password

Avast Antivirus allows you to set a password to protect various areas of the program. If you have already created a password but are unable to remember it, read the following article:

Protect Avast Antivirus with a password

  1. Open the Avast user interface and click MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure the General tab is selected, then click next to Password to expand the panel.
  3. Tick the box next to Protect Avast with a password and enter your selected password into each text box.
  4. In Protected Areas, tick or untick each box to specify which areas and actions require a password:
    • General program access: to open the Avast user interface.
    • Program settings: to access all program settings when clicking Settings from the Avast user interface.
    • Protection control: to turn on/off the real-time protection shields.
    • Protection settings: to access the settings for the active protection shields.
    • Scan control: to access the controls used to stop or start a scan.
    • Scan settings: to access the settings that determine the various scan parameters.
    • Update control: to modify update settings for the program and virus definitions.
    • Virus Chest control: to access the controls used to work with files in the Virus Chest.
    • Backup/Restore of Avast settings: to back up and restore your Avast settings.
    • Firewall settings: to access all settings related to Firewall.
  5. Click OK to confirm your changes. Restart your PC if prompted by the Avast user interface.

When you attempt to access any of the password-protected areas, you are required to enter your password and click OK.

  • Avast Ultimate 18.x
  • Avast Premier 18.x
  • Avast Internet Security 18.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 18.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 18.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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