How To Fix Powerpoint Antivirus Error?

The antivirus application on your computer might block the PowerPoint program and as a result, the ‘Your antivirus software has blocked the file you were trying to open’ message will be displayed on the screen. Resolve the PowerPoint antivirus error on your Windows 10 computer by performing the quick steps provided on this web page.

 Powerpoint Antivirus Error

Temporary file version:

  • Once you edit a PowerPoint presentation, it creates a temporary file.
  • Locate the temporary file version, right-click it, and choose the Rename option.
  • Change the file extension from .tmp to .pptx.
  • Open the PowerPoint presentation, click the File tab, and select the Open option.
  • Browse the renamed file and try to open it.

Reinstalling your antivirus program:

  • Uninstall your antivirus program from your Windows 10 computer and install the correct version of it.
  • Check if the PowerPoint antivirus errorhas been resolved.
  • If the antivirus program is outdated, try to update it to the most recent version.

PowerPoint Viewer:

  • Launch the Microsoft Edge (Internet Explorer in the earlier versions of Windows OS) web browser on the Windows 10 computer.
  • Go to the manufacturer website and download the PowerPoint Viewer application.
  • Once done, select the Run option to proceed.
  • Make sure to select the ‘Click here to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms’ option.
  • Click the Continue option, followed by the OK option.
  • Go to the main screen of the Windows 10 computer and select the All Apps option from the Start menu.
  • Select the Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer option and click the Accept option.
  • After selecting the PowerPoint presentation, click the Open option.
  • If this opens it in PowerPoint Viewer, the copy of PowerPoint is damaged. This will leads to cause PowerPoint antivirus error.

Copy of damaged presentation:

  • Right-click the presentation that you doubt to be damaged and then select the Copy option.
  • Navigate to File Explorer, right-click the blank space, and select the Paste option.
  • If you find any difficulties in copying the presentation file, it might be damaged.
  • If you can access the file, try to open it in the PowerPoint application.
  • If the problem persists, perform the following to resolve it.
  • Run Scandisk on your hard drive.
  • Boot your computer in safe mode and then perform a clean boot.
  • Once done with the clean boot, enter ‘ msconfig’ without the single quotes in the Windows search bar.
  • Click System Configuration -> Services, select the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ checkbox, and click OK followed by the Restart option.
  • Once restarted, check if the error has been resolved.
  • To start the Windows 10 computer normally after performing the clean boot, refer to the steps here.
  • Go to the System Configuration window, click the General tab, and select the Normal Startup option.
  • Move to the Services tab, uncheck the box next to the ‘Hide all Microsoft Services’ option, and click Enable All -> Startup -> Open Task Manager.
  • After enabling all the startup programs, select the OK option and click the Restart button. Now you are sucessfully rectifying your PowerPoint antivirus error.


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