Avast! Anti-Virus Software Scanner
There are plenty of benefits of internet as you can find anything of your interest on internet. But when you are connected to the internet there may be chances of virus, Trojans and other malware attack. You can protect your computer with antivirus program like Avast which is a software developed by Alwil software. This antivirus provides ultimate protection against virus, Trojans and malwares. The home edition of the Avast is free.
You may have to pay some charges for other anti virus programs which offer only 30 days free trial. You also have to pay for the virus definition updates. You can download Avast for free with free virus definition updates.
The Avast anti virus can be downloaded very easily after downloading it from internet. The installation process is easy with installation wizard. You should keep default setting for Avast antivirus installation.
You computer will restart after installation and Avast will run boot time scan of your computer. It may take some time and you can postpone the scan if you want to restart your computer. You will have the option of ignore, quarantine or delete the infected files if virus is detected during the boot time scan. Quarantining is the best option at this stage it will keep infected files separate from other files and stop virus further spreading. There is an option of file retrieving from the virus chest in the Avast anti virus.
Running Avast for the First time
You can run the Avast anti virus from the start menu or desktop icon. The system memory will be checked by the software before opening which you can skip by clicking on the Stop Memory test button. The Simple User Interface will provide first time users in with some time, explanation of the graphical user interface of the Avast and other information for the users. You can check off this window once you are familiar with the software by clicking on the Don’t Show This Window Next Time.
Explanation of Icons on the Avast Simple User Interface
The simple user interface of the Avast is simple and sleek tool.
The Avast Simple User Interface is a sleek, simple tool. You may notice that as you point to the icons with your mouse that brief explanations are provided. In the upper left corner of the Avast tool you will find the menu button. This button will open a menu listing of all of Avast’s functions including updating virus definitions, scheduling a boot-time scan, performing a regular virus scan, changing the settings and accessing the virus chest. In the upper right corner you will find the help, minimize and close buttons.
The two primary virus scan controls are found on the left of the Avast tool. The start scan button looks like a normal play button you associate with DVD and CD players. The stop scan button resembles the normal stop button also associated with other tools. You can find the options of virus chest, setting the sensitivity of Avast scans and virus definition updating. You can also find the option of virus scan selecting area.
Scanning your computer
You have to select the scan area and sensitivity of the scan before scanning. The sensitivity should be set high on the first scan or if there has past a bit time between scans. All local and removable drives should be scanned. The Avast will prompt you to ignore, quarantine or delete in case a virus is found.
You should restart your computer after the infected file is quarantined. There should be no system file in the quarantine list for your computer’s daily operations. The quarantine will restore file by accessing Avast chest making note in the Avast’s log if computer not run properly. You should make research about the virus to determine the best method of removing without affecting computer’s operations.