A closer look at avast! Free Antivirus
by Zeljka Zorz - Tuesday, 4 January 2011.


Now that we went through all of that, and configured the Shields to suit our needs and alert us if anything goes wrong, it is time to scan our system:



As you can see, the usual choices are offered: quick, full system, removable media and custom scans. Let's do a quick one:



Click on the Show Results button to see what threats were found and details about them, then choose what to do with them. If you send them to the Virus Chest, you must again choose what to do with them - delete, restore, submit them to avast's virus lab, scan them again…

The software has also the ability to scan files before Windows is loaded, so that malware can be removed before it is activated. This boot-time scan can be set to start every time before Windows boots:



Avast! Free Antivirus is an efficient and highly configurable software, which will appeal to advanced users. Although, novices shouldn't be scared away by the multitude of choices - they can simply keep the predetermined settings. Also, not many antivirus software has boot-time scan capabilities, so this feature is definitely a plus.

You can download it here.

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