How to Stop Avast from Running at Startup on Windows

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Avast is one of the most efficient antiviruses, yet it sacrifices your PC load time during startup. When running, the antivirus occupies some resources that would make the startup even slower.

So, is there any way to prevent Avast from running at startup?

Yes, there is (technically).

Stopping Avast from running at startup is impossible, but there is an alternative!

I’ve tried some method to disable Avast, however it leads to nothing. Even the Avast forum itself could not help this request, simply because the system needs at least one protection active.

You can’t prevent Avast from running at startup, but you can postpone it!

How to stop Avast from running at startup and delay it instead

Time Needed : 2 minutes

In this tutorial, we are going to activate the Delay Avast Startup feature which allows mandatory Windows services to run first, and then Avast will run. That way, the program won't slow down the startup.

  1. First, we need to run Avast. Go to the system tray icon.

    Tray Menu - How to Stop Avast from Running at Startup on Windows 5

  2. And click on the Avast logo to show the program. Otherwise, you can launch the program via Start Menu or desktop icon if available.

    Tray Menu Icons - How to Stop Avast from Running at Startup on Windows 7

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  3. Go to Menu.

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  4. Select Settings.

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  5. Click on the Troubleshooting option.

    Troubleshooting menu - How to Stop Avast from Running at Startup on Windows 13

  6. Now, check on the Delay Avast startup.

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  7. Close the window. You might want to restart the PC to see the effect.

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Tools
  • Computer device
Materials
  • Avast Antivirus

This delay feature will make your computer more vulnerable during startup. So, it is advised to not launch any program during the first 2-5 minutes of booting.

I assume you want on-demand protection for your computer, but sadly, that situation is strictly restricted by Windows. Even without antivirus, the Windows Defender will take the charge of patrolling entire programs in the background — also running when startup.

Protection should not be on-demand, protection is realtime. I hope that helps!

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