Avast not opening on Windows

How to Fix Avast Not Opening on Windows?

Avast is among the most widely used antiviruses globally because it offers comprehensive and reliable protection to paid users, as well as, free users which is rare. It has made a reputation for being powerful and effective, thanks to the millions of people who use the service on a daily basis. The service has earned thousands of bright reviews from experts and users alike.

Nonetheless, Avast has its fair share of problems. An issue that seems to reoccur for Windows users is the Avast antivirus not opening, without an error message choice and it provides reliable protection for a free antivirus (with a paid version being available). 

Fortunately, there are several ways of fixing this problem that has proven to be successful for other users. In this simple guide, we present some of the most popular and helpful methods. We wish you good luck! Remember to follow the steps carefully. 

What Are the Most Common Causes Of the Avast Will Not Open Issue on Windows?

There might be many reasons why Avast might fail to open. We intend to list a few of the most common causes so you can determine the correct issue and choose the best solution to fix the problem as soon as possible. 

Following are a couple of the prevalent reasons:

Broken Avast installation – A faulty Avast installation may cause the client to be corrupt, so Avast wont open. Although there could be other reasons for the corruption of the software on your Windows computer, issues with the installation happen frequently. Thankfully, Avast provides several repair options, including repairing or a clean installation.

Avast Antivirus service not running properly – On some occasions there are issues with the main service, thus Avast won’t open. This problem can be fixed with a simple system restart.

Solution One: Perform An Avast Repair

If the problem has occurred during the Avast installation, it will cause Avast not opening windows 10. In this case, the best thing to do would be to perform a repair through the repair wizard program found in the Control Panel. 

This method may be complicated since it may require some readjustments and switching settings to the original suggestion. However, this technique has proven to be effective for many users. 

  • Begin by logging in to the system through the administrator account, which has the permission to delete software and make changes to programs.
  • Click the ‘Start’ menu and navigate to the ‘Control Panel’ via the search tool or go to the settings if you are using Windows 10. 
  • Once there, select the ‘View as: Category’ located in the top right corner and select ‘Uninstall a Program’ found in the ‘Programs’ section.
  • Alternatively for Windows 10 users using the ‘Settings’ app, click on Apps, which will take you to a list of all installed programs on your system.
  • Find ‘Avast’ and then click on Uninstall/Repair.
  • The ‘Uninstall Wizard’ will provide you with several options, including Update, Repair, Modify, and Uninstall. Click on ‘Repair’ and then ‘Next’ to begin fixing the installation.
  • After the repair process is finished, Avast will most likely restart in default settings to rectify the error that was preventing the program from opening.
  • Click Finish. Then restart the computer to check whether Avast opens properly.

Solution 2: Restart the Avast Antivirus Service

It is also possible that an error with the service of Avast Antivirus is stopping the client from opening. An easy solution to this problem is restarting the service. However, it is imperative that you follow the instructions closely to restart the Avast Antivirus service successfully!

  • Start “Run” utility by pressing the Windows Key + R keys on your keyboard. After starting the Run utility, type “services.msc” (without quotation marks) and click OK to open the Services tool.
  • Another method of opening the Control Panel is to locate it in the “Start” menu. Use the Start menu’s search option for further help. 
  • After opening the Control Panel, switch the “View by” option (available in the top right portion of the window) to “Large Icons”. Keep scrolling down until you locate the Administrative Tools. Select it, and you will find the Services shortcut at the bottom. Select to open this option. 
  • Find the “Avast Antivirus Service” on the list, right-click on the option and select Properties from the menu.
  • After starting the service, you should temporarily stop it by selecting the stop button that you will find in the middle of the window.
  • Ensure that the option under the Startup type menu in the service’s properties window is set to “Automatic” before proceeding to the following steps. Confirm any dialogue box that you may receive after switching the type of the startup. Select the “Start” option in the middle of the window before exiting. You might receive an error message after selecting the “Start” option.

Windows failed to start the Avast Antivirus service on Local Computer. Error 1079: The specified account for this service is different from the specified account for other services running in the same process.

In this case, the following instructions will help you fix the issue: 

  • Follow the 1-3 steps above instructions to open the service’s properties window. Go to the Log On tab and select the Browse option.
  • After that, type in your account’s name under the “Enter the object name to select” entry box. Select the name and wait for the specific name to become available. 
  • Select OK after you are done and type the password in the entry box (if you have set up a password). 

Solution 3: Perform a Clean Install

A clean install is a surefire way of fixing nearly every issue you might be facing with your Avast client, especially the Avast not working error on Windows. Thankfully performing a clean reinstall is pretty straightforward, and it works if other methods fail to fix the problem.

 A clean reinstall involves more than just a regular reinstall because it includes deleting cache files and removing related registry entries which may be the reason behind Avast not loading.

Start by downloading the newest version of the Avast installation by visiting the Avast website and clicking the ‘Download Free Antivirus’ icon located in the center of the webpage. 

  • Also, download the Avast Uninstall Utility from the website. 
  • After downloading these files, disconnect from the Internet and boot the system in Safe Mode by pressing the Windows + R key combination on your keyboard, type “msconfig” and click OK.
  • Check the Safe boot in the System Configuration window, found in the ‘Boot’ tab located at the and then press OK before restarting your computer. 
  • Once the system is in Safe mode, run the Avast Uninstall Utility and go to the folder containing Avast or keep the default settings if you installed it in the Program Files. Be sure to select the correct folder or the contents of the folder will be deleted or corrupted.
  • Click ‘Remove’ and then restart the computer in the normal mode. Check if Avast usually works.

Conclusion

We hope that this simple guide helps you fix this issue, and you can open Avast antivirus on Windows 10 without an error message.

Although there are several methods to fix this error; however, the above mentioned three methods are our tried and tested solutions for successfully opening Avast without an error message. Please let us know which method worked for you in the comments section below.

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