Windows Defender Avast Conflict Windows 10

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Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus program for Windows computers, whereas Avast is a third-party software used for protecting your computer from potential malware threats. When both these programs are running simultaneously on your Windows 10 computer, at some point, either of the programs might conflict with another as both do the same work. Usually, it is suggested to disable Windows Defender before running third-party antivirus software. But some programs can be used while Windows Defender is active. In case Windows Defender and Avast conflict with each other on your Windows 10 computer, follow these steps to fix the problem.

Solution 1: Stop insider preview builds

  • On your Windows computer, open up the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows + R shortcut keys.
  • Type ‘ms-settings:windowsinsider’ in the Run dialog box and click OK to open the Windows Insider Program in the Settings menu.
  • Alternatively, you can open the Windows Insider Program by following these steps.
  • Open the Start menu and click the Settings icon.
  • Click the Update & Security tab in the Settings window and select Windows Insider Program from the left-side panel.
  • Under Get Insider Preview builds, click the Stop Insider Preview builds and click Yes to confirm your action.
  • Click the Roll me back to the last Windows release button and then restart your computer.
  • Rerun Avast and check if Windows Defender and Avast conflict with each other on your Windows 10 computer.
  • If the problem persists, carry out the next solution.

Solution 2: Disable Windows Defender

If you wish to have Avast on your computer, then disable Windows Defender to fix the issue.

  • To begin with, launch the Run command box.
  • Type ‘ms-settings:windowsdefender’ in the text field and hit the Enter key.
  • Click the Open Windows Defender Security Center button.
  • Next, click on Virus & threat protection –> Virus & threat protection settings.
  • Toggle off the following buttons.
  • Real-time protection
  • Cloud-delivered protection
  • Reboot your computer and rerun Avast to check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 3: Remove Avast from your computer

If you wish to have Windows Defender on your computer or if you find the problem is with the Avast antivirus, then do not stick with Avast. You can quickly remove Avast from your computer by following these steps.

  • Open Control Panel and click the Programs and Features tab.
  • On the next page, locate and select the Avast antivirus program.
  • Click the Uninstall button next to Organize.
  • If prompted, click the Uninstall button to confirm the uninstallation.
  • Next, remove the Avast remnants from your computer.
  • After removing Avast and its related files, restart your computer.
  • Open the Avastclear.exe file while you are in Safe Mode and run the uninstallation process.
  • Alternatively, you can remove Avast using the uninstall utility. You can get it from the official Avast site.
  • To use the uninstall utility, reboot your computer in Safe Mode.

If you aren’t able to resolve the Windows Defender and Avast conflict on your Windows 10 computer, contact our technical experts to get the issue fixed.


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