How to disable Avast Browser on startup?

Call it a shady practice or whatever, Avast has aggressively started pushing their Avast Secure Browser with their Antivirus. If you have recently installed Avast Antivirus, you might get surprised by the Avast Secure Browser during Windows startup out of nowhere. Thus, affecting your Windows boot time significantly. Unless you are really using Avast Secure browser as your default browser, it is better you disable Avast Browser on startup.

There are different methods of stopping the Avast browser from opening during Windows startup. You can follow either of the methods if you simply want to stop it from running during Windows startup. Or uninstall it and get rid of it completely from your PC.

How to disable or stop Avast Browser from opening on startup?

Here is how to disable Avast Secure Browser from opening on startup:

Method 1: Disable Avast Browser on startup from browser settings

In this method, we will disable Avast Browser on startup from the browser settings, so that browser won’t auto-run during Windows startup. Here is how to do it:

1. Launch Avast Browser on your Windows PC. You can easily find the browser app inside your Windows app list in the Start menu.

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2. Now head over to browser settings, by clicking on the 3-dot menu and then choose “Settings.”

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3. Inside Avast Browser settings, click on “On Startup” and then disable the toggle switch on the right which says “Launch Avast Secure Browser automatically when your computer starts.”

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4. After that, you’ll need to disable “Quick Launch” as well, so that the browser quits properly when you close it and don’t stay in the background.

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5. Avast Browser will no longer auto-start with your Windows. You can confirm that by restarting your computer and seeing that you have successfully disabled Avast Browser during Windows startup.

Method 2: Disable browser on startup from Windows Task manager

Disabling the Avast browser from a startup during boot from app settings will most likely stop it from auto-starting with Windows. But in case, it is still getting started with Windows affecting the boot time. You can use Windows Task Manager to disable the browser permanently from starting up automatically. Here is how to do it.

1. Open the Task Manager using the shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + Esc.” You can also search for Task Manager from simple Windows search.

2. Inside Task Manager, open the “Startup” tab.

3. Here you will see every app you can enable/disable for starting up Windows. Find the Discord app from the list, right-click on it and choose “Disable” from the menu.

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4. After disabling the Avast browser from startup from Windows task manager, restart your computer to confirm that it is no longer starting with Windows.

And there, you have successfully disabled the Avast Brower from opening up on Windows startup.

Method 3: Disable browser on startup from Windows settings

Windows 10 (and Windows 11) allows its users to manage the startup app within the Windows settings app. Here is how to disable Avast secure browser on startup from Windows settings:

1. Open the Settings app on your Windows PC. Or press the shortcut “Windows + I” to quickly open the Settings app.

2. Now navigate to “App” settings and click on “Startup.”

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3. Inside “Startup,” you will find apps that will start automatically when you sign in to Windows. Look for the app that says “Avast Antivirus” or has its logo and then toggle it off.

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4. Now restart your PC to check if you have successfully disabled the browser on startup or not.

Simply uninstall the Avast browser from your PC!

Unless you are actually using the Avast browser, which I doubt you are. It is better to uninstall and get rid of it completely from your Windows PC. And the good thing is you don’t have to uninstall the antivirus in the process.

Now let’s see how to uninstall the Avast browser from your PC. Technically, there are two methods using which you can uninstall Avast Browser from your PC:

1. Open the “Settings” App on your Windows PC/Laptop, and head over to “Apps.”

2. Inside “Apps“, click on the “Apps and Features” options.

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3. Here you will see a list of all the apps installed on your computer. Look for the Avast Secure Browser on that list and then click on the “3-dot” alongside the app name and from there choose “Uninstall.”

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4. Now Avast browser’s uninstallation wizard will pop up. Click on the “Uninstall” button to completely uninstall the Avast Secure browser from your PC.

This method will work fine for Windows 10 (and Windows 11) users. For people using Windows prior to Windows 10 can uninstall the browser using the good old way using the control panel.

Simply, open Control Panel from the start menu and open the “Programs and Features” option. From there you can uninstall the Avast Browser, by right-clicking and choosing “Uninstall“.

Wrapping up: Disable Avast Secure Browser from Auto-starting!

While Avast Browser offers a lot on the plate as a browser, with its privacy-focused approach. Pushing it as bundled app alongside the Antivirus app, and auto-starting it Windows seems unethical from a company like Avast. However, if you seem to like the browser, but want to stop it from auto-starting. These are the methods that you can follow to stop Avast Browser from startup on your Windows PC.

We have also added methods to uninstall the Avast secure browser permanently from your system so that you don’t have an extra browser app to deal with on your system.

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Anubhav Bhatnagar
Anubhav Bhatnagar
Your friendly neighbor who spends most of his time learning and sharing what he has learned with everyone. He is a fan of flat design and is into minimalism. Connect with him @AnooBav on all social platforms.

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