There are instances where Avast free antivirus software may not recognize and allow installation or access to specific programs or applications, among others. The passive mode in Avast is one way to get around this.
On occasions, the antivirus goes too far and sometimes blocks your favorite websites.
The solution here is to either delete the antivirus or leave yourself vulnerable to many different threats, or to disable the software temporarily by using Avast passive mode.
When you use one of several Avast security products, you may choose to disable all Avast antivirus software or to use passive mode and stop some of the shields. In this guide, you can see the best ways to go about it so you can access your other applications or your favorite website.
What is Passive Mode?
Avast, antivirus has passive mode, and when you enable passive mode, it makes Avast function without real-time protection. It does, however, receive virus definitions and program updates. The reason for this is some third-party antivirus won’t install unless you uninstall other antivirus.
You can now install Avast at the side of Windows Defender with no conflicts. It is easy then to enable passive mode to cut out some of the functions so your system won’t slow, and your antivirus security won’t suffer.
How Do I Turn On Avast Real-Time Protection?
You may find the meaning of Avast is to stop, and it is stopping threats, which is the purpose of the software. Real-time protection will be enabled by default.
However, before you can see how to use internet security software to the best effect, you need to know how to turn on the Avast free antivirus active protection. Here you can find out all the settings you need to know.
All Core Shields by default is enabled for protection. You can quickly disable these for troubleshooting purposes. If you wish to disable, all Core Shields follow these instructions temporarily.
- Open the Avast Antivirus app
- Open the Menu and go to Settings
- Click on protection and then Core Shields
- Toggle the Green (ON) slider, and then enter a time duration
- This will disable Core Shields for the given period
*Avast do not recommend stopping all the Core Shields indefinitely*
- Click OK, Stop on the ‘Are You Sure’ window
- Core Shields will enable once the specified time elapses.
Users can adjust the sensitivity of Core Shields from Medium to High sensitivity. These adjustments increase protection and the potential for making false positives for malware detections.
Low sensitivity reduces the chances of false-positive while reducing the effectiveness of Core Shields.
Click and hold the white marker. Slide to your desired sensitivity setting.
You can set Core Shields to carry out an action when they detect viruses or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
- Select the Viruses tab or the PUPs tab
- Select the preferable option from these:
- Fix automatically: This is the recommended option and tries repairing the files. If no possible repair can be done the file moves across to the Virus Chest. If it fails, then the file will face deletion
- Ask: You will be prompted what you want to do with each detected threat
- Ignore PUPs: Core Shields won’t scan for any PUPs
You do have additional behavior settings if you wish to go deeper. If you want to enable this, you need to go into the same settings and toggle the switch back to ON.
How Do I Know If Avast is Running?
You will need to be sure your Avast is up to date with all the virus definitions. You can then follow these steps to determine if Avast is running and your PC has protection.
To ensure you are fully protected, keep Avast Antivirus up to date at all times.
Determine whether your PC is protected
- Right-click the Avast system tray icon in the Windows taskbar. Select from the popup menu ‘Open Avast user interface.’
- Make sure the ‘Status’ tab is selected on the left-hand panel
- If you see a ‘Green’ status screen comprising text ‘You’re protected’ this shows you have all the components active to deliver full protection, security and Avast is monitoring your PC (You don’t need to take action)
- If you see a ‘Red’ status screen, this shows you have an issue with one or more of the core antivirus components (These require immediate attention)
- If you see a ‘Yellow’ status screen, this indicates you have an urgent issue.
Both red and yellow status will present you with relevant actions to correct the issue:
Resolve: Fixes issues with active Core Shield security and protection components
Turn On: Turns on components such as Firewall and Automatic Updates to deliver maximum protection from the antivirus security
Update: Updates Avast Antivirus to the latest version even if Avast is in passive mode or passive mode isn’t enabled
Restart Now: This will restart your computer with full updates of all Avast components, and passive mode will be disabled giving maximum security
Is Avast Blocking My Internet?
On occasions, you may find Avast Antivirus blocking a program or accessing individual web pages, which are safe. (Read Avast VPN Review)
Most times, this can be because of low app occurrence in the Avast community, and Avast doesn’t know if the program is safe or not.
Besides, Avast can detect ‘Potentially Unwanted Programs‘, which are not wanted in most instances.
You can also get ‘False-Positives‘, where the program is safe, yet Avast doesn’t know this.
Sadly, this occurs more often with online games or apps such as League of Legends (LoL), Steam service, Minecraft, BitTorrent, uTorrent, Windows Update, Google apps, and Java, among others, which are frequently updated. Usually, such false-positives detection may last a few hours at most, though it is annoying.
If you find your internet blocked, you can quickly head to the Core Shields and turn off the ‘Web Shield’ option into passive mode, so it doesn’t block your internet. However, doing this does mean Avast your antivirus security is rubbing in passive mode and doesn’t offer the security it is supposed to deliver.
One of the best ways you can help protect your system is to make sure threats don’t reach your computer in the first place. While you may wish to install Avast to run alongside Windows Defender, you don’t need to go to this extent.
Windows defender antivirus does an excellent job of providing internet security, and you can match this with a VPN service.
Your online security receives a boost in many areas when you do so. You will also notice there is no passive mode and the antivirus safeguards your computer in the background.
Using these together means, you don’t need to disable passive mode or enable passive mode every time you wish to do something online. You can also see how do I turn off my Avast antivirus for good, and be Avast free.
With your VPN, you have more than enough settings to make sure your locations are hidden, and you have the best online security possible.
Your Windows system will run at full speed without any internet restrictions.