Thank you ReviverSoft. However, most advices given on these links are for blocking avnotify.exe from executing. But according to user cryptodan, earlier on this thread "You may not receive popups that could be alerting you of malicious websites or files that could potentially be downloading."
If that is true then I guess there is no other workaround.
I see what you're saying. I was not aware of it and thank you for pointing it out. I hope I haven't simultaneously violated any of the forum's rules.
I hope I'm not posting this too late for you to see, but I would uninstall avira anyway. I used it for a long time, and it was
a great program, until they partnered with ask.com and uniblue registry cleaner. The ask toolbar is considered by many as bordering on malware, and avira itself used to detect and remove it!
Now it offers to install it as a free security add-on. Avira has lost all credibility in my opinion, they've basically proven that you can buy yourself off their definitions list. Anyway, in regard to cryptodan's point - I would just install Web of Trust
and switch to the free version of Avast
for your AV.