We’re going to show you how to remove the signature left by Avast or AVG as an example, but the instructions will apply to just about any other antivirus you use. Here’s how to get rid of this signature across all of the top-10 antivirus products (if applicable) that we cover.
- What is this email signature?
- How to remove Avast email signatures (step by step)
- How to remove AVG email signatures (step by step)
What is this Email Signature?
If you use Avast and AVG and you’re here looking for a way to remove them, then you already know all about these annoying signatures. But for those who don’t, or for those who aren’t aware that these programs are inserting a signature, we’ll explain.
After sending or receiving an email, these antivirus programs (and many others like them) will often insert an email signature without your permission, saying something like “this email has been sent from a virus-free computer protected by Avast.”
But it may not do it on a consistent basis – that is, not every email you send or receive will have this signature, so you might not even know that it’s happening. But, now that you know, you’ll want to remove it.
How to Remove Avast Email Signatures
Avast makes removing its email signatures rather tricky, but it’s not impossible. You may just have to disable this setting in two different places.
And as we mentioned above, Avast doesn’t insert a signature into every single email. These settings are turned on by default, so even if you haven’t sent an email that includes the Avast signature, one will pop up sooner or later.
Here’s how to stop that from happening:
Go to your system tray and find the Avast icon. Right click on it. Select the option that says “Open Avast User Interface.”
Click on the gear icon in the top right of the user interface. This will take you to the Avast settings panel.
Look under “General” settings. Eight options down, under a checkbox that says “Silent/Gaming Mode,” you’ll see a box that says, “Enable Avast Email Signature.” Uncheck this box, but don’t stop now – you’re only halfway done!
Go to the tab under “General,” which should read “Active Protection.”
The Mail Shield option should have a link named “Customize” next to it. Click on it.
Open the “Behavior” tab.
Finally, you may see an option that says “Insert note into clean message (outgoing).” When you see that, uncheck the option. Now you’re done – no more annoying email signatures!
How to Remove AVG Email Signatures
The other antivirus program that interferes with your email signature is AVG. Unfortunately, this program also makes removing them somewhat complicated. Here’s how to do it:
Go to your system tray and click on the AVG icon to launch the program.
Click the “Internet Security” tile. This may also show up as “Antivirus Free” in some versions of the application.
Click the hamburger menu in the upper right-hand corner and then hit “Settings.”
The “General” section contains an option to “Enable AVG email signature.” Untick this box. You’re halfway there – disabling this setting only disables the signature for outgoing emails. Read on if you want to disable the signature for incoming emails as well.
Repeat steps one to three. This time, select “Components,” instead of the “General” tab.
The third option down says, “Email Protection.” Click the link next to it that reads “Customize.”
Go to the “Behavior” tab (second option down on the left panel). You will see four boxes in the “General” section. Check or uncheck these boxes in order to completely turn off your AVG email signatures. That’s it. You’re done!
Should you Consider Another Antivirus?
While Avast and AVG may be annoying when it comes to interfering with your email signatures, they’re still good at protecting your home computer from viruses, spam, and malware – good enough that they’re still 100% worth it.
And after all, if you’re using the unpaid versions of Avast and AVG, it’s a small price to pay for a free antivirus that’s as good as these two are.
But if you’d like to learn more about which products won’t include annoying advertisements, there are eight other options on our list of the 10 best antivirus programs – but be prepared to pay for some of them. Our expert’s reviews will be an easy way to find out which program may be right for you.