Avast Antivirus: Removing or Adding components

How to remove or add program components in the Avast interface or via the setup wizard

In Avast Antivirus, some program components are installed by default while others may be specified during advanced installation. You can manually select which program components you want to include in your current installation of Avast. There are two methods for removing/adding Avast Antivirus components.

You can manage individual program components in the Avast user interface.

Removing components

Please note that removing any Avast Antivirus component may affect your level of protection. We highly recommend keeping the main shields enabled all the time to ensure the minimum protection.

  1. Open the Avast user interface.
  2. Go to Settings → Components.
  3. Click the arrow next to the component that you want to remove, for example, Secure DNS.
  4. Click Uninstall Component.
  5. Click OK to confirm the uninstallation.
  6. Restart your computer, if required.

Adding components

Please note that adding any Avast Antivirus component may affect your level of protection. These instructions explain how to enable a component that was not installed in your Avast Antivirus edition by default or a component that you previously uninstalled.

  1. Open the Avast user interface.
  2. Go to Settings → Components.
  3. Click the Install Component link next to the component that you want to add, for example, Antispam.
  4. Restart your computer, if required.

You can manage individual program components in the Avast setup wizard. Before you make changes to the setup wizard of Avast Antivirus, please ensure that you are logged into Windows as an Administrator and all other programs in Windows are closed.

  1. Access the Avast Setup wizard via your Control Panel.
  2. When the Avast Setup wizard appears, click Modify.
  3. A list of recommended program components for your edition of Avast appears. Select or deselect the components you want to add or remove, then click Change.
  4. When the update is complete, select Done, or restart your computer, if required.
  • Avast Premier 12.x
  • Avast Internet Security 12.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 12.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 12.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition

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