How to Make Avast Stop Blocking a Website or an App on Mac

How to Make Avast Stop Blocking a Website or an App on Mac

Again. Avast has blocked a safe website or a trustworthy program again. As far as the Mac user experience goes, that’s not a minor inconvenience. The good news is bypassing the false warning is not exceptionally difficult. Even better, you can entirely prevent the reoccurrence of unjustified blocking in the future.

 

Ahead is a step-by-step guide to unblocking a program or website erroneously flagged and blocked by Avast. Choose among the following sections to get rid of the pesky issue right away:

Prevent Avast from blocking websites by disabling the Web Shield

You are eager to browse a harmless website, but Avast might be having a differing opinion on that. Why is Avast blocking websites? It’s simple: the software is on high alert due to phishing links, malware, or other hazards recognized by its proactive threat detection systems.

 

“But I’m not trying to access an Avast-blacklisted URL,” you object. “I just want to read a friend’s cooking blog.”

 

Worry not—your disagreement with Avast can be handled amicably without adjusting your browsing preferences heavily or disinviting the antivirus from your Mac. If you are certain that the website in question will not subject the Mac to the risk of malware infection, disable one of Avast’s threat detection systems—Web Shield. Here’s how it can be done:

 

1. Open Avast

2. Click the Menu in the top-right corner of the app and select the Settings from the drop-down list

avast settings

3. In the Protection tab, select the Core Shields section

vast core shields

4. Scroll down to the Configure shield settings, click the Web Shield subsection and uncheck all boxes

disabling avast core shields

5. When asked to confirm the action, select the duration of the Web Shield’s shut down from the drop-down list

disabling avast core shields confirmation window

 

Important: Do not select the Stop indefinitely option, lest you expose your Mac to future web threats.

 

By disabling the Web Shield, you are gaining a temporary respite from the false positive detection of the harmful website. But what if you want to get rid of the issue for good? Keep reading for a permanent solution to overzealous website blocking.

Bypass Avast site blocking by adding an exception  

If it weren’t for the web threat detection capabilities of Avast, nothing would stop you from following a malicious URL. Or, to be more precise, if it weren’t for Avast and your common sense. And since you have the latter in spades, it’s you who has to stop the former from meddling into your web surfing business.

 

Before proceeding any further, check the website you are trying to access to ensure it is trustworthy. If you have no qualms about adding the website to the exceptions list, let’s get started:

 

1. Open Avast

2. Click the Menu in the top-right corner of the app and select the Settings from the drop-down list

3. In the General tab, select the Exceptions section and click the Add Exception button

adding exceptions in avast

4. Enter the URL in the text box and click the Add Exception button

 

The exception you’ve just added forces Avast to ignore potential digital threats emanating from the website. Even if the website is harmless at the moment, it can be compromised some time later. Therefore, exercise extreme caution when adding exceptions to Avast.

Stop Avast from blocking an app by listing it as an allowed one

Some programs don’t get along with Avast. But you already know that: Avast has just blocked an application on sight. Fortunately, it takes mere minutes to unblock an app on Avast.

 

It is not uncommon for Avast to block a new app in town, even if it is no less reputable than MacKeeper. To address the issue, update Avast to the latest version. Still no luck? Then, let’s allow the program through Avast firewall:

 

1. Open Avast

2. Click the Menu in the top-right corner of the app and select the Settings from the drop-down list

3. In the General tab, select the Blocked & Allowed apps section and click the Allow App button

allowing apps in avast

4. Select the app from the list or click the Select App Path button to indicate the app’s location

5. Click the Add button

 

By adding the app to the list of allowed software, you are excluding it from Avast’s protection shields. Therefore, you have to be certain that the app cannot jeopardize your Mac.

FAQ

How do I turn off Avast?

Click the Menu at the top right corner of the app and select Settings from the drop-down list. In the Protection tab, select the Core Shields section and click the Core Shields button. When prompted, confirm the action.

How do I stop Avast from blocking games?

If Avast prevents you from launching a Steam game, add it to the list of allowed apps. To this end, go to the Menu—Settings—General—Blocked & Allowed apps and click the Allow App button. Then, select the game from the list or click the Select App Path button to indicate the game’s location.

 

If Avast prevents you from connecting to a Minecraft server, go to the Menu—Settings—Protection—Core Shields—Configure shield settings and click the Web Shield subsection. Then, uncheck all boxes and confirm the action.

How do I add exceptions to Avast?

Go to the Menu—Settings—General—Exceptions and click the Add Exception button. Then, enter the URL in the text box and click the Add Exception button.

How to stop Avast Firewall from blocking network share?

To address the issue, go to the Menu—Settings—Protection—Core Shields—and pull the Core Shields slider to the left.

How to stop Avast from Blocking a Webcam?

Go to PrivacyWebcam Shield—and click the gear icon in the top-right corner. In a window that opens, click View allowed/blocked apps and select Allow App to whitelist an application that is trying to access the webcam.

Is Avast Web Shield necessary?

Yes, it is necessary. Avast Web Shield protects your Mac from a wide range of cyber threats.

 

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