Disable avast! On-Access Scanner At Startup

Posted by Garth on Saturday, August 9, 2008

I've been trying to figure out how to do this for awhile now since the on-access scanner really slows down my laptop. Stuff on the 'net points to disabling services, removing the Run registry key via MSCONFIG, etc. All of those answers are bunk. The correct way to do this is as follows:

  1. Right-click the avast! system tray icon () and select On-Access Protection Control from the popup menu.
  2. Click the Details button in the bottom of the window that appears.
  3. Click the Terminate button under Provider Actions.
  4. Click Yes when the Persist the changes? dialog box appears.
  5. Select the next item under Installed Providers and repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Repeat step 5 for each of the Installed Providers, or whichever ones you don't want running on startup.
The advantage to doing this as opposed to disabling avast! completely is that you still get the startup scan and you're still able to scan files on-demand. I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out, but it is what it is. Hopefully it helps some people out there.


Peachy said...

Thank god for this. I've been itching to disable those things for a long, long time, since my PC goes on a crawl when these things are running. Plus, I'm getting tired of manually disabling them at each startup. Thanks again!!

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