Avast Antivirus 2017: How to use the new “Passive Mode”

Avast Antivirus 2017: How to use the new “Passive Mode”

The 2017 edition of Avast has a Brand new feature that is perfect for users who have two or more antivirus programs running at the same time. “Passive Mode” disables Avast’s active protection if it detects another antivirus program that could cause a compatibility problem. Let me explain how it works so that you can get the most out of this brand new feature.

Avast 2017’s “Passive Mode” will show itself when you first install Avast if you already have an antivirus program running on your machine. If this happens you’ll get this warning.


“There could be issues if you have two antiviruses installed. We’re going to go into Passive mode to avoid any trouble.” Warns Avast. “While passive, you can still run scans and use our other features, but [Insert name of previously installed Antivirus program here] is in charge of active protection.’

If you want to activate or deactivate “Passive Mode” you must go to the “Configuration” section (in the Avast sidebar) and click on “Troubleshooting”.


Here you will be able to activate “Passive Mode”, if you want another antivirus program to actively protect your PC, or disable it if you want Avast to be in charge.

If you want to turn off “Passive Mode” you’ll get this warning:


It is up to you what to do next. You can risk it and disable “Passive Mode” whilst the other antivirus program is still running or you can uninstall the “dominant” antivirus program.

If you want more information about Avast Antivirus 2017 you should check out special article, which covers all of its new features.

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