How to block ads in Avast antivirus 5 free edition?

Avast antivirus free edition is my favorite security software for Windows 7. Because it offers good security features than other free antivirus programs.

But, one thing annoying me is that the free version of Avast antivirus (v.5.0) displays advertisement (when connecting the system to internet) about their pro version on the main window (see screenshot below shows with ad).Avast-with-ad

Like me, if you think it is annoying, here is how to prevent displaying ads in Windows 7. Just follow as described below.

In windows 7, open Control Panel and select Windows Firewall. Then select Windows Firewall Advanced settings.

windows-7-Firewall-config

Now click Outbound rules (on the left pane) and choose New rule (on the right pane).Then select Custom at the bottom and click next button (see screen shot).

Firewall-config-custom

Now select “This Program Path” and browse to Avast install directory and choose AvastUI.exe and click next button.

Firewall-config-program

Now click next (Protocol and Ports window), click next (scope window). Now you got Action window. Here make sure that bottom rule is selected to block and click next.

In this window (profile) make sure that all profiles are selected: domain, private, and public and click next. Now just enter any name and description for your rule.

Now finish your settings and restart your Windows 7. Screenshot shown below shows without ad.

Avast-without-ad

Related topics: How to block pop-up notifier of Free Avira Antivirus?

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

12 Comments

  1. abhi

    Jun 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This is a great information. My friend use it. I will tell him.

  2. Arafat Hossain Piyada

    Jun 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I not often visit the main interface, that’s why I never care about it; may be someone. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  3. Lee

    Jun 5, 2010 at 3:06 am

    hmmmm! I was thinking a way to get ride of this ad. Thanks for this tutorial,

  4. Shekhar Sahu

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This will also save some bandwidth, i use it my firewall to block some ads on the webpages.

  5. Pubudu @ TechHamlet

    Jun 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Cool trick mate! Glad to know more tricks from m favorite free anti virus :D

  6. Jason Saggers

    Jun 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I tried this on my Vista desktop and it also works perfectly, I will have to try this for a few other programs also.
    Great tip.

    • Kannan

      Jun 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      Jason Saggers,
      Thanks for reading and most welcome to my blog.

  7. Herminio

    Nov 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Works 1 or 2 days on windows 7 64 bit and I need to make agaim, agaim…..

  8. George Wank Your Bush

    Jan 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    If you use Zonealarm or another firewall, just prevent AvastUI.exe from going to the internet. Also, clear out the IE cache.

    • Kannan

      Jan 29, 2011 at 5:58 am

      Thanks for the share.

  9. Tee Kaye

    Jun 22, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I actually am using PC Tools Plus Fire Wall 7 on a dual boot XP Home and Win7 Ultimate system.. In both cases I followed the info above to cease application in/out connections to the file.. It did and still is working like a charm on both op systems..
    GR8 useful and helpful info there., THANKS.!

    Using free Avast version 6.0.1125 with File/Email/IM/Network/Behavior shields active – Windows Defender – PC tools FW Plus 7 as my barriers..

  10. David

    Oct 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    This works well, but does it also work to block the pop up ads that occur occasionally?

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