Avast free antivirus comes with a range of scanning features to keep your computer safe and secure from malware. It allows you to scan in different ways. This article is all about avast antivirus scanning features and methods.
How to Scan Avast – Step by Step Guide
Select a type for scan
There are several scan types in avast antivirus. I have explained the details of all the types in below-
- Smart Scan: This type of scan works to detects outdated software, duplicated, network threats, weak password, malware, low-quality add-on, performance issues etc.
- Full Scan for Virus: The scan type is predefined. It completely scans full system such as your device storage, memory etc for viruses.
- Targeted Scan: It scans only the folder which you select for the scan to detect malware.
- Custom Scan: This type of scan allows you to select custom parameters and work according to your specified parameters.
- Boot Time Scan: If you think that your computer has the virus, you can set schedule scan your system using a boot time scan. The scanning process will start when you start the computer. It detects known malware. Then, remove the malware and threats before the operating system start to running. Scanning before the system start helps to remove malware before the attack the system.
Start the Scan
- Run avast antivirus and open the user interface. Click on Protection=>Scans.
- There are 5 types of scan, Smart Scan, Full Virus Scan, Targeted Scan, boot Time Scan, Custom Scan. Select one of them which you want. (Read the details about scan type from above and decide which one you need.)
You can see the scanning process once it started. Also, when the process will complete you will see the scanning results.
Process the scanning results
While the process will complete, the result data will appears with detected malware. Also, you will get options to resolve them.
If avast antivirus find any issue while scanning, you need to select an option from the drop-down menu to take action with the detected issue.
- Auto: It repairs the detected files. If unable to repair, then moves to Virus Chest or delete them permanently.
- Delete: Permanently delete the detected files from the computer.
- Repair: If the file is infected partially, it deletes malicious code. But, sometimes it’s not possible if the full code is malicious.
- Chest: It is avast antivirus recommended option. Send the detected file to the Virus Chest and the virus cannot attack your computer further.
- Nothing: Nothing to do with the files. (It is not recommended)