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How to turn off notifications in Avast Antivirus

Avast provides effective protection against malicious software, but it can be a bit chatty, with regular pop-ups to update you on its status and activities. Here’s how to turn off its notifications.

Avast’s entire range of antivirus software benefits from a manually activated Silent Mode, which will suppress notifications regardless of whether you’re running an application at full screen or not – this is useful if you’re screen sharing, streaming or simply wish to avoid interruptions.

Disabling notifications does not affect your antivirus suite’s ability to protect you. Avast’s real-time scanner will remain active and watching for threats from files, web pages, your local network and more.

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What we used

  • Any Windows 10 or 11 computer with Avast installed

The Short Version

  1. Enable Silent Mode via the notification area
  2. Ensure silent mode is enabled in the Avast client
  3. Open Settings
  4. Scroll down
  5. Enable Silent mode
  1. Step
    1

    Enable Silent Mode via the notification area

    Click on the ^ arrow in Windows’ notification area at the bottom right of the screen. Click Silent Mode in the menu, or confirm that it’s already selected. If you want to double check all notification options, however, you’ll find more granular options for both Silent Mode in its Settings screens.Avast Notification area right-click menu - Silent mode is highlighted

  2. Step
    2

    Ensure silent mode is enabled in the Avast client

    Open the Avast client using its desktop icon, the Start menu, or by left clicking on its notification area icon. Click Menu towards the upper right hand corner. If you’ve enabled silent mode, the client’s Home tab will tell you this. To access advanced notification settings, click Account: the fourth tab down on the left.Avast One Home screen showing that silent mode is active. The Account tab on the left is highlighted

  3. Step
    3

    Open Settings

    On the Account tab, click the button marked Settings.Avast One account options - Settings is highlighted

  4. Step
    4

    Scroll down

    The notification options are all at the bottom of the Settings page. Scroll down.Avast One settings - a right scroll bar is highlighted

  5. Step
    5

    Enable silent mode

    To enable silent mode, tick the first box under Notifications, marked “Don’t show any pop-ups, alerts, or messages (Silent mode)”.Avast one notification settings - silent mode is highlighted

If you choose to routinely run your antivirus software in silent mode, you may wish to occasionally open the client to see if it’s quarantined anything lately.

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Troubleshooting

Does disabling these notifications affect the software?

Disabling notifications does not affect the suite’s protection. The scanner remains active and watching for threats.

Will disabling notifications also disable Avast’s detection engine?

No. If you need to disable the detection engine, you’ll have to manually do that from the notification area or settings. 

How do I turn off silent mode?

Just open the Avast client and click the big TURN OFF button on its status screen.

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