How to Disable Avira Anti-Virus Automatic Update

Avira has been my antivirus of choice for a long time now.

These past few days, I was constantly bugged by its automatic updates (auto-update) and the subsequent dialog box appearance to reboot my computer after the update has successfully been downloaded.

Admittedly, I found it obnoxious and intrusive, thus I had to find a way to deactivate the update.

Mind you, there is no option in Avira to disable auto update. Below is how I was able to stop the auto-update.

  1. Open Avira’s configuration dashboard.
  2. On the sidebar menu; under PC Protection, click Update, Web server and then select Proxy settings.
  3. Check use this proxy server and enter fake data into the setup form. See mine in the screenshot below.

    Avira antivirus proxy settings

  4. Finally, click the Apply and then Ok button

Any time you want to check and download an update, see the guide below.

  1. Return to the Proxy settings page.
  2. Check Do not use a proxy server.
  3. Click the Apply button then the OK button.
  4. Go to the Antivirus dashboard and press F9 key to manually trigger the update.
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