Remove Avira Notifier – Here’s How

Is the Avira AntiVir Personal popup notifier bugging you? See how guest writer Glenn Taggart got rid of this nagging distraction.

Avira AntiVir Freeware Personal Edition I recently downloaded Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus as my primary antivirus program. I had been using version 8.2.

Recently my favorite security tech guru, advised me that version 9 was now ready for download. I couldn’t immediately find an update to version 8.2 so I used my trusty Revo Uninstaller to uninstall version 8.2 and made a clean install with version 9.

For those of you who don’t use Avira, I’m the poster child, card carrying member for their product. I have tried several antivirus programs and Avira works the best in my opinion.

That being said, Avira has one drawback – A nagging notifier to upgrade to the premium version pops up every time you update the Avira database.

Well, you don’t think g would put up with a popup do ya? Heck no!

To disable this pesky notifier, simply follow these directions:

For XP and Vista Users:

1. Start-> Control Panel

2. Administrative tools-> Local security policy

3. Click on Software Restriction Policy-> Action (at the top)-> create new restriction policies

4. Right-click additional rules (on the right side)-> new path rule

5. Click Browse and navigate to C:\Program Files\(Avira)\AntiVir Desktop\ and double-click avnotify.exe

6. Set the security level to Disallowed-> apply-> ok

If you had Avira previously installed and have already disallowed this, you need to change the thread to match (which for me meant changing AntiVir Personal Classic to AntiVir Desktop).

It’s a beautiful thing my friends!

You can download Avira AntiVir Personal at

Guest Writer: This is a guest post by Glenn Taggart of The Crazy World of G, who brings a background as a high level super user, to the Blogging world.

Why not pay a visit to Glenn’s site at The Crazy World of G.


Filed under Anti-Malware Tools, Antivirus Applications, Don't Get Hacked, Free Security Programs, Freeware, Online Safety, Software, System Security, Windows Tips and Tools

13 responses to “Remove Avira Notifier – Here’s How

  1. i like using avira its not too hard for my pc to run

  2. g

    since my move to win7, i have not been able to figure out how to keep the splash screen from coming up. any ideas?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey G,

      Still too early for me to have worked through that on Win 7 – will get to it though.


  3. SC Ward

    OK, when i open Administrative Tools,
    there is no button for Local Security Policy,
    and i can’t find it under the buttons i have:
    component services
    computer management
    data sources
    event viewer
    What step am i missing here?

  4. davelanders

    @SC Ward, are you using a ‘Home’ variant of Windows? Try this link, it’s got instructions for different versions of Windows.

  5. Big thanks for this. It used to be really hard to find this fix. Well done little guide too.

  6. HomePremium

    There is no Local Security Policy console in Vista Home Premium. Though, the console is just an interface to the registry. So, if someone knows what registry should be edited, we can achieve the same effect on Home Premium. Do you know how to?

  7. Gover

    Thanks…work 4 me on windows 7…..thanks

  8. f

    thx for those instructions.
    they where very helpful.

  9. f

    something more
    in my windows there was no drpdwon box when i clicked on action.
    i`ve figured it out .
    i had to click on the little button with an blue right arrow wich points onto an text.

    hope i helped