Avast browser, the Safezone browser’s successor, is a private web browser developed by Avast cybersecurity company. It is a secure and high-speed web browser with plenty of security features. Although Avast Secure Browser is a great product, it is known and loved by very few. Most online users still prefer mainstream browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, or Firefox. Others are reluctant to take the leap of faith owing to previous misfortunes from other malware browsers. Such people have expressed warranted reservations about its online safety and security, especially when it comes to online shopping or banking. They are also somewhat disturbed by the “sneaky” manner with which it installs itself and its persistence during startup.
Why Does Avast Browser Automatically Open on Startup?
Most people are usually unaware that they have installed Avast browser as they purchase other Avast products. As users buy these products, they fail to notice that they unknowingly provided the browser permission to launch automatically, and accepted Avast as their default browser. This then explains why users are surprised to see Avast browser launching every time they start their devices. Unfortunately, this has become a nuisance over time for users who would much rather use alternative browsers. It is believed that Avast may have designed this feature for marketing its product to agreeable users who aren’t yet biased to any particular browser.
Most antivirus programs similar to Avast run as soon as Windows launches. While certain programs and system processes are required at startup, others can unnecessarily slow the whole booting process down, increasing the time it takes for the operating system (OS) to load: Avast Secure Browser is one such example. If you notice that your computer lags after booting to Windows, disabling Avast Secure Browser on startup can significantly improve your operating system’s speed.
Disabling Avast Browser
Despite these glaring challenges, you need not worry. We’ll address below some of the easiest methods you can use to stop this menace from harassing you any further. The first thing you’ll need to do is to check on the startup applications. You can open the “Task Manager” and navigate to the “Startup” tab. Once you locate the Avast browser on the list, right-click on it and choose the “Disable” option. Doing so will ensure that Avast will no longer launch as you start your computer.
If this option seems unappealing, you can attempt an alternative method. You will first need to open the Avast browser. Look out for the hamburger icon on the upper right corner of your screen. Click on it and select “Settings,” where you will find an “On startup” option on the dropdown menu. At this point, tap on “Launch Avast Secure Browser automatically when your computer starts” to turn the slider off. It is as simple as that!
Uninstalling Avast Antivirus
Another option altogether is to uninstall Avast antivirus. Head once again to the Control Panel and open “Programs and Features.” Select the “Uninstall a Program” option. Locate Avast Free Antivirus from the menu that appears. Once you find it, click on the “Change” button. An Avast antivirus configuration window will appear. Simply deselect the browser option and voila! When you restart your device, you will now have a hassle-free experience as you once did.
There’s still another option in this category: uninstalling using the removal tool. What you will need to do is to log onto Windows as a permitted administrator. However, you will need to ensure that no other applications or antivirus software programs are running in the background. You can then download “Avast Uninstall Utility” and save it in a familiar or easily traceable location. Once you locate the file, right-click on it and select the “Run as Administrator” option in the dropdown menu that appears. A dialogue box will appear prompting you to give permission. Select “Yes,” and “Also delete your browsing data” to delete your profile information. Once done, click on the “Uninstall” prompt that appears and wait for the removal tool to do its magic. A dialogue box will soon appear, informing you that the uninstallation process is complete. Click “OK,” and you’ll be good to go!