What is Avast Behavior Shield and How it Works?

Avast is an international software company specializing in Internet security. Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, and Avast Internet Security provide different levels of protection. These screens perform various tasks, including monitoring incoming e-mail messages, to prevent malware from infecting your computer’s web pages, preventing access to dangerous websites and programs on your computer, and detecting viruses. Some people find these shields intrusive and may want to disable one or all of them. One of the less desirable utilities is Avast Behavior Shield. But first of all, let’s see what kind of program it is.

Avast Behavior Shield brief review

The new Avast Behavior Shield feature from the Czech anti-virus developer constantly monitors the suspicious behavior of any software running on the computer and automatically protects the user from instant threats, malware and cyber espionage for passwords and bank details, which is usually not possible using traditional detection methods. Avast Behavior Shield is especially effective in case of threats from ransomware.

How can it slow down the system?

aswidsagent.exe – the Avast Behavior Shield process, actually refers to the aswbIDSAgent service. The description says – Provides Identity Protection Against Cyber Crime, translated as Provides protection of the person from cybercrime.

If you try to disable the service, the Access Denied window will appear. The same window will be if you try to complete the process in the dispatcher.

On a note. To open a window with a list of services – hold Win + R, enter the services.msc command, click OK.


How to deactivate Avast Behavior Shield

Deactivating the Avast Behavior Shield is very quick and easy. You can do radically: remove the antivirus. But then you will lose pretty strong computer protection because the utilities from Avast are not malicious programs, but simply auxiliary ones. Therefore, to disable the utility, like any other, these few steps will simply help you.

  • Open Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Internet Security.
  • In the left pane, click Real-Time Shields.
  • Click on the icon you want to disable in the left pane. You can choose File System Shield, Mail Shield, Web Shield, P2P Shield, IM Shield, Network Shield, and Behavior Shield.
  • Click Finish in the upper right corner, then choose Stop Forever from the drop-down menu.
  • Click “Yes” when prompted to confirm.

Done! More Avast Behavior Shield will not bother you and slow down the processor.


Final word

So, you can disable Avast Behavior Shield, but you have to lower the level of security. If the second component, the screen from ransomware, can still be disabled, then disconnecting the main components is hardly a good idea.

It will not be superfluous to also deal with the settings, perhaps there is an option that causes the load, but you can do without it.

Hope the information was helpful. Good luck.