Avast Antivirus: Checking whether Avast Antivirus is installed, up to date, and protecting your computer

How to check if Avast Antivirus is installed, up to date, and protecting your computer

When contacting Avast Technical Support with a technical issue, you should first check if Avast Antivirus is installed, up to date and working properly.

How to check if Avast Antivirus is installed

  1. On the Windows 10 Start Screen or Desktop simultaneously press the Win + X keys on your keyboard. Select Programs and Features from the menu displayed in the bottom left corner.
  2. Wait for the list of installed programs to fully load. If Avast Antivirus is installed on your computer it will appear in the list.
  1. On the Windows 8 Start Screen or Desktop simultaneously press the Win + X keys on your keyboard. Select Programs and Features from the menu displayed in the bottom left corner.
  2. Wait for the list of installed programs to fully load. If Avast Antivirus is installed on your computer it will appear in the list.
  1. From the Start menu select Control Panel.
  2. In Category view select Uninstall a program under Programs, ...or in Icons view click Programs and Features.
  3. Wait for the list of installed programs to fully load. If Avast Antivirus is installed on your computer it will appear in the list.
  1. From the Start menu select Control Panel, ...or select Settings and then Control Panel.
  2. In Home view select Uninstall a program under Programs, ...or in Classic view select Programs and Features.
  3. Wait for the list of installed programs to fully load. If Avast Antivirus is installed on your computer it will appear in the list.
  1. From the Start menu select Control Panel, ...or select Settings and then Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs,
  3. Wait for the list of installed programs to fully load. If Avast Antivirus is installed on your computer it will appear in the list.

If Avast Antivirus is not installed in your system you can install it according to the instructions in the following articles:

How to check if Avast Antivirus is licensed (or registered)

Information about your license status (or registration status, if Avast Free Antivirus 2016 is installed) can be determined as follows:

  1. Right-click on the Avast orange ball icon in the system tray and select Subscription information (or Registration information) from the menu,
  2. The Your Subscription screen in the Avast user interface opens, ...where you can check if your Subscription status is ACTIVE (or Current status is REGISTERED) and that the validity date is correct.

If Avast Antivirus is not activated (or registered) yet, read the following instructions how to insert the license file (or key) into the program:

How to check if Avast Antivirus is up to date

Current version of the Program, Engine and Virus Definitions (VPS) can be determined as follows:

  1. Right-click on the Avast orange ball icon in the system tray and select About Avast from the menu,
  2. The About Avast screen in the Avast user interface will open, ...where you can view information about installed Avast Product, current Program version and Virus definitions version (includes Engine).

If your Avast Antivirus is not up to date, read the following instructions to perform the update:

How to check if the system is fully secured by Avast Antivirus

Current protection status of Avast Antivirus can be determined as follows:

  1. Right-click on the Avast orange ball icon in the system tray and select Open Avast user interface from the menu, ...or double-click the desktop icon of installed Avast antivirus software to open the Avast user interface.
  2. From the Home screen you will see your protection status. You are protected means that your Avast Antivirus is up to date and protecting your computer against malware. Otherwise, if you see an Attention message or that You are unprotected, please click the Resolve All button on the right side to start protecting your system.

If you want to double-check if Avast Antivirus is protecting your computer against malware, read the following instructions to perform a quick test:

  • Avast Premier 12.x
  • Avast Internet Security 12.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 12.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 12.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition

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