How To Fix When Avast Won’t Open On Windows 10

In spite of its complete protective features, Avast is not free from technical glitches. You might find some critical errors while using it. Such as, Avast won’t open in Windows 10 or any other specific OS.

If the Avast installation is corrupted, then you can experience the error. It can also occur if there is a problem with the Avast Antivirus service. Also, due to the registry entries issue, Avast can stop working. 

This is quite a frustrating situation but, there are several methods to fix the Avast problem easily. For this purpose, you can take help from this guide.

Also Read: How To Disable Avast

Fixes to Apply if Avast not working on Windows 10

In case, Avast not opening on Windows 10, thoroughly check the given solutions. 

Solution 1- Repair the Avast

In order to attempt this solution, follow the given directions.

Step 1

First, ensure that you are signed in with the administrator’s account.  If you use another account, then you can’t remove or repair the programs.

Next, type ‘settings’ in the search box and press the Enter key. This will open the Settings app. 

Step 2

Within the Settings app, scroll down and select ‘Apps’. After that, all the installed programs will immediately appear on the screen.

From there, find the Avast program and then click on the ‘Uninstall/ Repair’ button.

Step 3

Now, the uninstall window will display multiple options. Such as Uninstall, Modify, and Repair. So, chose the ‘Repair’ button and after that click on ‘Next’ to solve the problem.

A confirmation message will appear on the screen after this. Click on ‘Yes’ to confirm the repairing action. When the repair procedure is completed, reboot your system and check whether Avast is working normally.

Unfortunately, if not, then try the next solution.

Solution 2- Restart the Avast Antivirus Software

First, press the Windows and R keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Now, type ‘services.msc’ in the field and press Enter key to open the Services tab.

Alternatively, you can first open the Control Panel window by using the Start menu. Once the Control Panel opens, then change the ‘View by’ to ‘Large icons’. Next, scroll down until you see the ‘Administrative Tool’. So, tap on it and then find the Services tab. Click on it to open.

In the Service tab, choose the Avast Antivirus from the available options. Next, right-click on it and choose ‘Properties’ from the available options.

If you see that the service is running, then click on the ‘Stop’ button. Also, ensure that the Startup type is set to ‘Automatic’. Then, click on the ‘Start’ button. 

 However, if an error code 1079 appears on the display, then follow the given directions.

  1. First, open the ‘Services’ tab. Now, proceed to the ‘Log On’ tab and click on the ‘Browser’ button.
  2. Within the ‘Enter the object name to select’ box, enter your account’s name. Furthermore, click on the ‘Check Names’ and wait until you see the name on the display.
  3. Once done, then click on OK. Next, enter the password in the appropriate box. 

Hopefully, after that, the antivirus will work properly.

Solution 3- Perform a Clean Installation

This is another effective solution that you can try to fix the Avast problem. To implement this solution, go through the given steps.

Step 1

First, visit the official website of the Avast Antivirus and click on the ‘Download Free Antivirus’ option. You might locate it on the website. 

Besides that, you have to download the Avast Uninstall Utility and save it on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 2

Once you have downloaded the files, disconnect your device from the Internet and boot the system in Safe Mode. 

Then, launch the Run dialog window, enter ‘msconfig’ in the input field and click on ‘OK’. It will open the System Configuration window.

Step 3

Within the System Configuration window, go to the Boot tab and select the dialog box beside ‘Safe Boot’. Tap on OK and reboot your system to boot it into Safe Mode.

After that, run the Avast Uninstall Utility. Then browse the folder where the Avast Antivirus is installed. 

In case, you have installed it within the Program Files, then leave it. Also, use the File Explorer and locate the right folder.

Thereafter, click on the ‘Remove’ button and reboot your computer into the normal mode. Then, check if the issue has been resolved or not.

Solution 4-  Remove third Party Software

In order to remove all the third-party security software except Avast, first, you have to open the Control Panel. Here, scroll down and select the ‘Programs’ button.

Thereafter, right-click on the third-party antivirus software that you want to remove from your computer. Then, click on ‘Uninstall’.  Finally, reboot your computer.

We hope the above-mentioned solutions are sufficient to fix the issue and activate Avast Antivirus. Hence, ensure that you attempt all the steps correctly in the specified order.