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How to temporarily stop anti-malware service on the computer?


Sometimes, NovaBACKUP client software cannot be installed or upgraded due to Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware real-time protection. This can cause NovaBACKUP installation problems. During the activation/registration phase, even when utilizing Trial/Demo mode, the NovaBACKUP license server is queried over the internet, and if that portion fails it is often due to a software Firewall component of the local computer being enabled.

NOTICE: NovaBACKUP installations can be stopped from working by System Mechanic Ultimate Defense.

HINT: Use CTRL+F to search for the software that you are using.

How to Temporarily Disable Your Anti-Virus Real-Time Protection Scanner


Right-click the avast! The icon is located in the system tray. Select avast! Shields control will be disabled and you can choose to disable avast permanently, for 10 minutes or 1 hour.


Navigate to the system tray in the bottom right-hand corner. Look for an open umbrella with a red background.

  1. Right-click it-> Untick AntiVir Guard Enable
  2. Now, you should see a white, closed umbrella against a red background


  • Double-click on the System icon to activate Bit Defender
  • Move the mouse arrow left until Bit Defender appears. Click >> Virus Shield.
  • Click on the black check to indicate that Virus Shield has been enabled.
  • >> Virus Shield will disable the black works to become red.

Click the down arrows and move the mouse arrow towards the top-right corner to stop bitdefender temporarily.

  • Bit Defender is currently inactive
  • Click to enable Bit Defender.

BKAV Internet Security Professional

  • Double-click the tray icon to open the GUI
  • Select Options/Tuy Chon (2nd tab to the left depending on which language you’re using)
  • Check Real-time Protection.
  • You can also right-click the tray icon to choose Exit/Throat

CA Internet Security Suite 2021

  • To disable the Firewall, right-click the CA Shield icon from the system tray, click on My Internet, and then click Disable Firewall.
  • To turn it on again, right-click on the system tray icon and click My Internet. Next, click Enable Firewall.
  • You can temporarily disable the Antivirus by clicking on the CA Shield icon from the system tray. Click My Computer and then click Enable Sleep.
  • Click on Snooze to enter the snooze time in seconds (up to 999, approximately 16 2/3 hours).
  • Follow the same steps and click Wake Now to end snooze.
  • Double-click the CA Shield icon from the system tray to disable Antivirus for a longer period of time.
  • Click Update Settings under the My Computer tab when Security Center appears.
  • Next, click on the red X beside Auto-Scan.
  • Follow the same steps and click on the green checkmark to re-enable.

Comodo Internet Security

  • Right-click on the icon in the system tray.
  • To disable them, hover over Antivirus, Firewall, and Defence+.
  • Reactivate real-time protection by repeating step 2, but setting each to Enabled.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware & Internet Security

  • Right-click the Emsisoft shield icon (green with a white outline) in the system tray.
  • Select Pause protection and then Disable until the computer restarts.
  • The shield icon will change to red, with a white cross at the center. Also, the GUI will now be in red.

Not exit EAM/EIS if you want to disable real-time protection. File Guard will continue active even if the program isn’t running.


  • Double-click on the system tray icon in the lower right-hand corner.
  • Select Disable real-time file system protection
  • A popup will ask “Are you sure you want to disable…protection?”
  • To disable the Antivirus Guard, click “Yes”.


  • To open the main application window, double-click on the icon in the system tray.
  • Or, you can start >> All Programs >> ESET Smart Security.
  • Click on Setup >> Antivirus/antispyware protection temporarily disabled
  • Select Yes when prompted to confirm temporarily.

Notification: After a system restart, protection will automatically be started.


Navigate to the bottom right-hand corner of the system tray and look for the blue sign.

  • Right click it-> Select Unload.
  • Now, surround the F-Secure sign with a red struck-through circular


  • Navigate to the system tray in the lower right-hand corner. Look for the McAfee symbol.
  • Right-click it and choose “Exit”
  • An alert pop-up will inform you that your protection has been disabled. To disable the Antivirus Guard, click on “Yes”.


  • Navigate to the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and look for the norton.png sign.
  • Right-click it and choose “Disable Auto-Protect”
  • Choose a time period of five hours to ensure that your computer is clean.
  • Click “OK.”
  • A popup will inform you that protection has been disabled.