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I run AVG Antivirus (version 8.5, I believe). Now I want to install "Dragon Naturally Speaking", a speech recognition software. During installation I'm told that I need to temporarily disable my antivirus. How do I temporarily disable it?

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I suggest you attempt to install it without disabling your antivirus first, then if that fails you disable it and try again. – Eroen Apr 19 '12 at 19:03
I will try that. But if it doesn't work then how do I turn AVG Antivirus off and back on? – Donna Bergen Apr 19 '12 at 19:14

As @Eroen already said, this might not be necessary.

Most programs install just fine with the antivirus enabled. If they don't, either the installer or the antivirus is poorly written.

From Disabling AVG temporarily | FAQ | AVG Worldwide:

The AVG software protects your computer on multiple levels. In case you need to disable all AVG components at once please follow the steps below:

  1. Open the AVG Program.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Advanced settings.

  3. Click Temporarily disable AVG protection in the menu on the left side.

  4. Select the Temporarily disable AVG protection check box, and then click OK.

  5. Choose how long you want the protection to be disabled and whether to disable the Firewall as well, and then click Disable real-time protection.

Since you only disable it temporarily, there is no need to manually enable it afterwards. It will do so automatically.

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  1. Control Panel>Administrative Tools>System Configuration
  2. Click on the Startup tab
  3. Uncheck AVG
  4. Click restart

  5. do what you need to

  6. repeat 1&2

  7. recheck AVG, click restart again
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