In the digital age, your antivirus software failing to open has a similar effect to your car failing to start. You can’t go to work without it.
If your daily computer activities include surfing the internet or, more significantly, downloading files, doing so without antivirus software means exposing your device to numerous potential risks.
Some users encounter a confusing and frustrating problem where Avast fails to open on Windows due to compatibility issues. Users have discussed this in multiple forum threads, but they have yet to receive an official solution for it.
This guide contains everything you need to know to overcome this frustrating issue.
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The Problem Explained
Unlike some other errors that people have encountered while using Avast, this one doesn’t display a message or any other type of notification about the problem.
Instead, what happens is the following:
- The user tries to open Avast normally.
- The program fails to start.
- No error message is shown, and the process is not visible in Task Manager.
As you can see, there isn’t much that can be done from the user’s perspective, unless they do a lot of tinkering to try and find a solution. The majority of users won’t have the time nor expertise to do this.
Fortunately, the problem can be solved with ease by using nothing more than Avast’s built-in tools, including the repair system, and a few other easy-to-follow methods. Let’s take a closer look.
Fix 1: Temporarily Disable Windows’s Real-Time Protection
Antivirus programs often consider each other to be threats.
You might expect this to be less common with Microsoft’s Defender Antivirus. However, some users reported that disabling real-time protection in the Windows Security Panel helped solve the problem.
To do this, follow the steps below:
- Click on the Windows search icon in your taskbar and open the Windows Security Panel.
- In the window that appears on your screen, left-click on “Virus & threat protection”.
- Select “Manage settings” in the Virus & threat protection settings section.
- Disable Real-time protection by switching off the setting, as shown in the image below.
You can now try opening Avast again to see if the program will run properly. Microsoft Defender will no longer be blocking it. If it still won’t start, it means something else is causing the problem.
Fix 2: Repair Avast Using The Built-In Tool
Repairing Avast can solve many problems, including the one causing the program to fail to open on Windows 10.
This process is straightforward and doesn’t take much time. If you’re unsure how to repair Avast, follow the steps below:
- Open Avast on your PC.
- Click Menu then Settings. From here, open the Settings tab and choose General.
- To begin the app-repair process, click Troubleshooting and then Repair App.
When the process is complete, reboot your PC and try running Avast again. It should now start without any further complications.
Fix 3: Perform A Full Avast Reinstall
Reinstalling Avast can resolve the issue with the software not starting. This is also the best way to ensure you have a clean install of the latest version if you previously updated the software.
Here’s how to do it:
- Click the Windows search icon on your taskbar and open “Add or remove programs”.
- Find Avast in the list of installed programs and uninstall it.
- Download and install the latest version from the official Avast website.
Reboot your PC and try running Avast again. It should now work as intended. Don’t forget to activate your license if you have paid for the premium version.
Now you know how to fix the Avast not opening on Windows 10 problem, so remember to apply these methods whenever you encounter any issues with the software.
If none of these solutions helped you, don’t hesitate to contact Avast’s support team for further guidance.