How To Disable The Avira Upgrade Notification

Avira AntiVir Personal is one of the best Free Antivirus Software. I am using this software on one of my machines for about an year now and I am completely satisfied with it.

Although Avira AntiVir Personal has many great features, it has one problem. Whenever you update it or whenever a security related event occurs, it askss you to upgrade to Premium Version. Most of us are using this antivirus just because it is free and we’ll probably never upgrade it. So its better to disable the nagging notification.

How To Disable The Avira Upgrade Notification

1. Go to Start > Control Panel. Then go to on Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy.

2. Select the Software Restriction Policy > Additional Rules in the left panel. Right click on it and click on New Path Rule. Now browse to the place where the Avira Antivirus is installed, and select the avnotify.exe file.

3. Set it its security level to Disallowed (from the drop down list).

Apply the settings. That’s it. The Avira Antivirus Notification is now disabled. You’ll never see that pesky notifier again.

15 thoughts on “How To Disable The Avira Upgrade Notification”

  1. Tried to kill the annoying Avira Upgrade Notifer.
    I can’t find “> Local Security Policy”.
    Does it make a difference that I’m running XP Home?

  2. Leonard (and anyone else with this problem) XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Home (or Home Premium) versions do not have a local security policy tool. Therefore you can use this work around.

    Go to the place where avnotify.exe is located. eg

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop

    Right click on ‘avnotify.exe’ the select ‘properties’.
    Change to the security tab.
    Click on ‘Advanced’.
    Click on ‘Change Permissions’
    Click on ‘Edit’
    Check the box: ‘Deny’ ‘Full Control’

    This effectively sets the security level to disallowed. I haven’t seen any pop-ups since. Hope it works for you.

  3. I tried what Martin said but my avnotify.exe is only located in a prefetch file. The popup still came back but disappeared quickly but slowed me down to a crawl and Avira wouldn’t update that day. It downloaded a couple of files but did not install them. I’m thinking it had to do with the popup? Any ideas?

  4. There is no LSP under Admin. Tools. Is that a hidden file. That’s for Windows 7, isn’t it. I have Windows XP, Home Edition. When I do a search for avnotify.exe, it’s only as a prefetch file, as discussed.

  5. Also when I did tick deny on that file, it still came back, which I’m not surprised of. I still get daily failed updates from Avira so I know what I did is not the way to go.

  6. I don’t have Windows 7 or Vista. I don’t have Windows XP PROFESSIONAL. I have Windows XP Home Edition. This does not have LSP under Security.

  7. @Rayca

    Please refer to the Martin’s comment above. Hopefully that will solve your problem. Please let me know.

  8. Well it’s true. It’s easy under windows 7 to block aviranotify.exe from running, until the next update which resets it to being allowed again. The people at avira are onto us and are fighting back….

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