SOLVED! Can’t End AVAST Process

Generally speaking, AVAST is a solid antivirus program for PC but it could cause issues on occasions as well. When AVAST malfunctions, from force of habit, many Windows users at first open Task Manager planning to end the process and launch it again. However, as people hit End task, they see an error that says: “This operation could not be completed. Access is denied”. In the case that you also can’t end AVAST process via Task Manager and need some help, check out this article. 

An Overview Of AVAST 

Made to keep your PC out of harm’s way, AVAST incorporates a self-defense feature that prevents malware from shutting it down. That being said, the same feature also makes it difficult for Windows users to end it as with other apps. Thus, if people don’t know what must be done, they should keep getting the “Access denied” error as they attempt to end AVAST. Can’t end AVAST process is the topic of many complaints about AVAST too. 

How To Kill AVAST 

Task Manager

One of the Task Manager‘s roles is to let you start or end processes. To use Task Manager to kill AVAST, you should go through the steps down below: 

  • Step 1: Right-click the “AVAST” tray icon then pick “Open AVAST user interface”.
  • Step 2: Choose “Menu”, select “Settings” and hit “Troubleshooting” Afterward, uncheck the “Enable Self-Defense” checkbox then click “OK” to confirm. By doing so, you could kill AVAST via Task Manager with relative ease.
  • Step 3: Right-click a spot on “Taskbar” and pick “Task Manager”. Next, locate “AVAST”, select it and chose “End task”. 

Disable AVAST Shields 

If you can’t end AVAST process using the method above, you should consider disabling the AVAST Shields. That is going to let you end the AVAST process but still keep it on your computer. 

  • Step 1: Right-click the “AVAST” tray icon, hover the mouse over “AVAST Shields” and choose an option that suits you. Each of the options allows you to disable “AVAST Shields” for a period of time.
  • Step 2: Once prompted, hit OK. 
  • Step 3: Kill AVAST.

With the AVAST Shields down, AVAST will not secure your computer. If you want to turn on all AVAST Shields before the period you chose is over, open the AVAST program then pick “Turn on” from the program’s “Status” window.

Note: If you don’t wish to disable all AVAST Shields, go through the steps down below:


  • Step 1: Right-click the “AVAST” tray icon then pick “Open AVAST user interface”.
  • Step 2: Navigate to  “Protection” tab and select Core Shield. You will see four shields and associated toggle buttons. 
  • Step 3: Use the toggle buttons to turn off the shields that only get in your way. As you hit toggle buttons, you will be prompted to choose the period you want to deactivate the shields so enter the numbers.

You can hit the toggle switch to turn the shield back on at any time. 

Uninstall AVAST 

If none of the above help you end the AVAST process, uninstall the antivirus. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type “Control Panel” and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Select “Programs”, choose “AVAST” and pick “Uninstall”. Follow the instructions to wrap up the uninstallation. 
  • Step 3: Restart your computer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use AVAST?

While AVAST is one of the most effective and efficient antivirus programs nowadays, it was once found selling sensitive web browsing data. Via its marketing technology subsidiary, Jumpshot, AVAST collected browsing data on devices and sold the data to some of the biggest companies in the world.

Can AVAST reduce the speed of my computer?

Yes. Like other antivirus programs, AVAST can cause your PC to slow down a bit. 

How do I disable AVAST on startup?

  • Step 1: In the beginning, deactivate the AVAST defense feature.
  • Step 2:  Right-click a spot on “Taskbar” and pick “Task Manager”.
  •  Step 3: Go to Startup tab, select AvLaunch.exe and choose “Disable”.

Is it possible to turn off AVAST HTTPS Scanning

  • Step 1: Open AVAST, choose “Menu” and select “Settings”.
  • Step 2: Navigate to “Protection” tab, pick “Core Shields” then scroll down to “Configure Shield Settings”. Lastly, go to “Web Shield” tab and uncheck the checkbox next to “Enable HTTPS Scanning”

Keep in mind that AVAST cannot protect your web browser from malware if you disable HTTPS Scanning. If you want to re-enable HTTPS Scanning, follow the steps above then recheck the “Enable HTTPS Scanning” checkbox.


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