How to disable Anti-virus program temporarily in Windows

In most of the Windows troubleshooting steps, you need to perform a common step of disabling the Anti-virus program temporarily for the issue resolution. Sometimes, Anti-Virus program might be the reason why you cannot install the program successfully, such as drivers, video program and some other important applications. It is important to learn how to disable Anti-virus program temporarily in your computer.

The process of disabling varies to different security programs. Therefore, we need to know how to disable the Anti-Virus program installed in the computer. We have listed the most famous security programs in this article and provided the steps to disable them temporarily.

How to disable Anti-Virus program temporarily in your Windows computer?

AVAST :

Right-click on the Avast icon in system tray. Select Avast shields control and there will be options to disable Avast for 10 minutes, 1 hour, until computer is restarted or permanently.

AVG:

How To Disable AVG components
Temporarily Disable AVG Components (9.0, 2011, 2012, 2013)
How to temporarily disable AVG 2013
Temporarily disable AVG 2012
How to temporarily disable AVG 2011

AVIRA ANTI-VIRUS:
Please navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner and look for an open white umbrella on red background.  https://i1.wp.com/www.bynarycodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/061518_1551_Howtotempor1.png?w=640&ssl=1

  • Right click it-> untick the option AntiVirus Guard enable.
  • You should now see a closed, white umbrella on a red background

BIT DEFENDER:

  • Double click on the system icon for Bit Defender.
  • When the Bit Defender window appears, move mouse arrow to the left side and click >> Virus Shield.
  • Move mouse arrow to the black check by Virus Shield is enabled and click.
  • The black works will change to red, >> Virus Shield is disabled.
  • Move mouse arrow to the top right corner and click the down arrows.
  • Bit Defender is now inactive.
  • To enable Bit Defender, do the same steps except click to enable.

BKAV Internet Security Professional:

  • Double click the tray icon to bring up the GUI.
  • Choose Options/Tùy chon (2nd tab at the left, depending on what language you are using).
  • Uncheck Real-time Protection.
  • You can also right click on the tray icon and choose Exit/Thoát.

CA Internet Security Suite 2010:

  • To turn off the Firewall, right-click on the CA Shield icon in the system tray, click My Internet and then click Disable Firewall.
  • To let it back on, right click system tray icon, click My Internet and click Enable Firewall.
  • Disable the Antivirus temporarily, right-click the CA Shield icon in the system tray, click My Computer and then click Enable Snooze.
  • Enter the snooze time in minutes (up to 999, approx. 16 2/3 hours) in the box and click Snooze.
  • To end snooze, follow the same procedure and click Wake Now on the page for entering snooze time.
  • To disable Antivirus on a longer basis, double-click the CA Shield icon in the system tray.
  • When Security Centre comes up, click Update Settings in the My Computer tab.
  • Then click the red X next to Auto Scan.
  • To re-enable, follow the same procedure and click the green checkmark.

Comodo Internet Security:

  • Right click the icon on the system tray.
  • Hover over Antivirus, then Firewall and Defence+ to disable them.
  • To reactivate real-time protection, repeat step 2 but set each to Enabled.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware & Internet Security:

  • Right-click on the Emsisoft shield icon in the system tray (green with white outline).
  • Choose Pause protection, then Disable until computer restart.
  • The shield icon will turn red with a white cross in the middle, and the GUI will be in red instead of green.

Note: Do NOT exit EAM/EIS instead of disabling real-time protection, as File Guard will remain active even when the program itself is not running.

ESET NOD32 ANTIVIRUS V4:

  • Double click on the system tray icon on the bottom right hand corner.
  • Select Disable real-time file system protection.
  • A popup will ask “Are you sure you want to disable…protection?”
  • Click YES to disable the Antivirus guard.

ESET SMART SECURITY:

  • Double click on the system tray icon to open the main application window.
  • Or via Start >> All Programs >> ESET >> ESET Smart Security.
  • Click on Setup >> Antivirus and antispyware >> Temporarily disable Antivirus and antispyware protection.
  • When prompted to confirm temporarily disable select Yes.

Note: Protection will start automatically after a system reboot.

F-SECURE ANTIVIRUS:
Please navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner and look for a blue  https://i2.wp.com/www.bynarycodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/061518_1551_Howtotempor2.png?w=640&ssl=1 sign.

  • Right click it-> select Unload.
  • A red strike through circle should now surround the F-Secure sign.

F-SECURE CLIENT SECURITY:

Please refer to this User Guide (Real-time scanning settings).

KASPERSKY ANTIVIRUS:

Please navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner and look for a  https://i2.wp.com/www.bynarycodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/061518_1551_Howtotempor3.png?w=640&ssl=1 sign.

  • Right click it-> select Pause Protection.
  • Click on -> By User Request.
  • A popup will claim that protection is now disabled and a sign like this:  https://i2.wp.com/www.bynarycodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/061518_1551_Howtotempor4.png?w=640&ssl=1 will now be shown.

G-Data Internet Security:

  • Go to Settings > AntiVirus > Real-time protection.
  • Under Virus monitor, Behavior monitor and Exploit Protection, uncheck Enabled (recommended).
  • To reactivate real-time protection, repeat step 1 and re-check all Enabled (recommended) checkboxes.

MCAFEE ANTIVIRUS:
Please navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner and look for a  https://i1.wp.com/www.bynarycodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/061518_1551_Howtotempor5.png?w=640&ssl=1 sign.

  • Right-click it -> chose “Exit”.
  • A popup will warn that protection will now be disabled. Click on “Yes” to disable the Antivirus guard.

MCAFEE SECURITY CENTER 7.1:
Please navigate to the system tray and double-click the taskbar icon to open Security Center.

  • Click Advanced Menu (bottom mid-left).
  • Then click Configure (left).
  • Click Computer & Files (top left).
  • Virus Scan can be disabled in the right-hand module and set when it should resume or you can do that manually later on.
  • Do the same via Internet & Network for Firewall Plus.

Instructions to disable McAfee Security.

MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS:

How to temporarily disable Microsoft Security Essentials?

  • Right-click on the MSE icon in the system tray and choose Open.
  • Click the Settings tab and then click Real Time Protection.
  • Uncheck the box next to “Turn on real time protection“.
  • Click the “Save changes” button.
  • Exit MSE when done.

NORTON ANTIVIRUS (by Symantec):
Please navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner and look for a  https://i2.wp.com/www.bynarycodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/061518_1551_Howtotempor6.png?w=640&ssl=1 sign.

  • Right-click it -> chose “Disable Auto-Protect”.
  • Select a duration of 5 hours (this assures no interference with the clean-up of your pc)
  • Click “Ok”.
  • A popup will warn that protection will now be disabled

Refer also Different ways to temporarily disable Norton Security.

NORTON 360:

  • Right-click the Norton 360 Premier Edition icon in the system tray and select Disable Antivirus Automatic-Protect.
  • You will get a new dialog box with five options: 15 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours, Until system restart, Permanently.
  • Choose 5 hours.

NORTON INTERNET SECURITY 2008:

Please refer these instructions.

NORTON ANTIVIRUS CORPORATE EDITION:
Please refer to the instructions provided in the Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition User’s Guide under the section Turning File System System Protection off temporarily.

PC TOOLS THREATFIRE:

  • Right-click on ThreatFire’s icon near the clock (it is an orange flame) and select Suspend.
  • When you see that the icon has turned from an orange flame to a blue icon with an orange strip in the middle, ThreatFire has been temporarily disabled.

Qihoo 360 Total Security:

  • Right click on the tray icon to bring up the menu.
  • Drag the slider at the corner in Protection: ON to the left.
  • To reactivate real-time protection, open the menu and drag the slider to the right.

SOPHOS ANTI-VIRUS:

Please refer these Post #28 instructions.

SYMANTEC ENDPOINT PROTECTION:

Right click on the icon in the taskbar notification area & select Disable Symantec EndPoint Protection.

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TREND MICRO PRODUCTS:
Please refer these instructions.

Webroot SecureAnywhere – Antivirus:

Please refer these instructions.

Windows Defender on Windows 7/8/10:

Learn how to turn on or off Windows Defender in Windows 10. Refer below links:

How to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 8/10
Learn how to Turn Windows Defender on or off in Windows 8
How to Turn Windows Defender on or off in Windows 7

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall:
Turning ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus and Anti-Spyware ON or OFF

You can learn how to disable Anti-Virus program in Windows computers in simple steps. If we missed any Anti-Virus program, please let us know in the comments. We will update it in this article.

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