Avira Antivir is a popular free antivirus software that is installed on millions of computer systems. Computer users who have installed it may encounter two annoyances however that are linked to the application's updating system.
Avira displays a large popup on every update. This popup usually advertises the commercial version of the antivirus software. While this behavior would be more than ok every once in a while, it gets really annoying if it is experienced by the user day in day out (especially since the popup does not seem to change often).
A user who does not want to upgrade to the paid version of the antivirus software, is still exposed to the popup whenever the antivirus software is updated.
The antivir popup has to be clicked away separately each time as well as it does not automatically close itself when the user closes the update window after the update was successfully transferred to the computer system.
Avnotify.exe is the program responsible for the popup windows during updates. The easiest way to block the Avira Antivir popup windows is by changing the security permissions of that file.
This can be done by right-clicking avnotify.exe in the Avira home directory (usually c:\program files\avira\), and switching to the Security tab.
That tab may look different depending on the operating system used. An edit button should be there which should open a new window to edit the file permissions for all known users of the computer system.
Locate the Read & Execute permission and set it to Deny instead of Allow. This can be repeated for all users that are using the computer system so that none will see the Avira Antivir popup during updates. This only works obviously if you have enough rights to make those changes.
The second annoyance is that the scheduled update window breaks full-screen applications as it is started in minimized state. This can be problematic while playing games or using other fullscreen applications that should not be interrupted by the update.
This can be changed in the scheduler of Avira Antivir Personal where it is possible to change the display mode from minimized to invisible to prevent this from happening in the future.
Once done, Avira Antivir won't bother you anymore with the behavior.
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