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 Malicious attacks often exploit holes in outdated software to access your PC.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, either manually or automatically.

Update software manually

  1. Open Avast Antivirus and select PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  2. Click Update Now next to an application in the outdated apps list.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

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

Ignore individual application updates

We strongly recommend you do not ignore updates, as outdated software is highly vulnerable to hacker attacks.
  1. Open Avast Antivirus and select PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  2. Tick the box next to an application, then click Ignore updates

Manage Software Updater settings

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

  1. Open Avast Antivirus and go to 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 download and install updates for your third party software when possible.

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 Omni 1.x
  • Avast Premium Security 20.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 20.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 2, 32 / 64-bit

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