How To Stop Avast From Blocking A Website?

How To Stop Avast From Blocking A Website?

Avast is one of the most trusted security programs over the internet. It is designed to protect your system from malicious cyber-attacks such as Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, Keyloggers, and more. It provides users with a lot of advanced security tools. One of them is Web Shield.

The Web Shield feature of Avast blocks malicious websites from launching on your system’s browsers. Any website that is not secured with an SSL certificate and has a history of phishing attacks and other such activities would be prevented by Avast, and users would get this error: “avast! Web Shield has blocked a harmful webpage or file.”

Sometimes the Web Shield might even blacklist the legitimate websites on your system. The users won’t be able to access the website until some modifications are made in the Avast program. The good thing is whitelisting a website is relatively easy on Avast compared  to its competitors.

If you are sure that the website you are trying to visit is malware-free and Avast is incorrectly blocking it, this guide will provide all the ways to stop Avast from blocking a website.

Update Avast Antivirus

Updating the Avast can solve the issue, as it would also update the antivirus definition database, and possibly the website that is currently getting blocked would be marked safe. Follow these steps to update the Avast:

1. Open Avast program

2. Click on the Menu at the top-right corner.

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3. Choose Settings

4. Under General Settings, click on Update.

5. Click on the CHECK FOR UPDATES button for both the Virus definition and Application.

Disable HTTPS Scanning

Some websites can be legal but might not contain an SSL certificate, so Avast will block them. To access such sites, you can disable the HTTPS scanning of Avast. Remember that it would also allow the malicious sites without SSL to run. Here are the steps to disable HTTPS scanning.

  1. Open Avast antivirus and navigate to Menu->Settings.
  2. Under the Protection tab, choose Core Shields.

3. Scroll down and under Configure Shield Settings, uncheck the Enable HTTPS scanning.

Add URL Exceptions

If some of your trusted websites are blocked by Avast, you can add them to the exceptions list and exclude them from the scan. Other than the URLs, you can also add the apps, file paths in the whitelist.

Here are the steps for adding the exceptions:

  1. Open Avast and navigate to Menu->Settings
  2. Under General settings, click on Exceptions
  3. Click on Add Exception

4. Add the URL that you want to add to the whitelist

5. You can also add the path of the folder or file to except them from scanning.

Temporarily turn off the Avast Protection

If you want to briefly exclude few websites from Avast scanning, you can temporarily turn off Avast Protection.

  1. On the Windows 10 taskbar, right-click on the Avast antivirus icon.

2. Hover the mouse pointer over Avast shields control, and disable the Avast as per your time preference.

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3. Click on ‘OK, STOP’

Disable Avast Web Shield

This is the final option. Disabling the Web Shield option of Avast can solve the issue of website blocking, but it comes with the price of your system’s security. If the Web Shield is disabled, your system will be vulnerable to online attacks.

If you are sure to disable it, here are the steps:

  1. Launch Avast Antivirus program

2. Click on the Protection tab and choose Core Shields.

3. Now from the given option, disable the Web Shield by toggling the switch.

Bottom Line

Avast is an exceptional antivirus, especially in its detection. However, some websites could be mistaken as threatening even though they are not. By following the methods explained in this guide, you can easily stop Avast from blocking a website. However, before doing that, you must be 100% sure that the website you are whitelisting is truly secure for browsing. If the problem is not solved you can uninstall the Avast program and freshly reinstall it.

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