How to enable/disable Avast Passive Mode

Avast Passive Mode is a new feature included in Avast 2016 and above allowing you to install Avast while using some other antivirus. Some users might want to try two antivirus programs at the same time however this is often not recommended.

If you were trying to install Avast and you were still using other antivirus program, you might saw this message during Avast installation – another antivirus program has been detected. This has changed with latest version of Avast Antivirus.

If Avast detects other antivirus software (besides Windows Defender) on your Windows PC, it will automatically enable passive mode during installation which allows you to use both antivirus programs.

In Avast Passive Mode all shields are turned off. You can still run scan, use software updater, password manager or private browsing however all proactive shields will be disabled unless you turn passive mode off.

How to enable or disable Avast Passive Mode

Avast Passive Mode is enabled automatically during installation if Avast detects other active antivirus protection on your PC. If you need to manually enable or disable Avast Passive Mode in Avast 2016 follow these steps:

  1. Open Avast window (double click on Avast icon on desktop)
  2. Head to settings
  3. Go to Troubleshooting tab
  4. Find Avast Passive mode and click to expand
  5. Enable/Disable Avast Passive Mode
  6. Restart your PC

Enabling Avast Passive Mode is not recommended if you aren’t using other antivirus protection as it makes your Windows PC vulnerable against online threats.

How do you know if Avast is in Passive Mode?

To recognize, if avast is running in Passive mode you just need to open the main screen by double-click on Avast icon in system tray. You should see this status along with an option to turn off Passive Mode.

Avast running in Passive Mode
Avast running in Passive Mode

Note: If you don’t see this option, download latest version of Avast.

For official guidelines about Avast Passive mode, visit Avast FAQs.

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