Schedule and run Boot-time Scan
To schedule and run a Boot-time Scan in Avast Antivirus, follow these steps:
- Open the Avast user interface and select Protection ▸ Antivirus.
- Click Other scans.
- Select Boot-time Scan.
- Click Install specialized definitions, then click Run on next PC reboot to run the scan during the next system restart.
When you click Install specialized definitions on the Boot-time Scan screen, Avast downloads all virus definitions from a cloud database. If you skip installing specialized definitions, Boot-time Scan scans your PC based only on the latest virus definitions that are already downloaded. After clicking Install specialized definitions, you are not offered this option again.
- Restart your PC. When the system restarts, a Boot-time Scan progress screen appears as Windows loads.
- For any detected threat select which action to take unless you have previously specified automatic actions in Boot-time Scan settings (see below).
The scan usually takes several minutes, but the duration varies depending on the speed of your system and the number of files to be scanned. When the scan is completed or skipped, Windows continues booting up.
To skip the scan, press the Esc key on your keyboard.
Adjust Boot-time Scan settings
To make adjustments to the default Boot-time Scan configuration, follow these steps:
- Go to Protection ▸ Antivirus ▸ Other scans, then click the gear icon on the Boot-time Scan tile.
- Manage different aspects of your scan:
- Areas to scan: use the drop-down menu to specify which data space you want the scan to analyze. To add another area to the list, click Add. To remove an area, click the relevant row, then click Delete.
- Heuristics sensitivity: use the orange bars to indicate your preferred level of heuristic sensitivity. Heuristics enable Avast to detect unknown malware by analyzing code for commands which may indicate malicious intent.
- Scan for potentially unwanted programs (PUPs): ensure this box is ticked if you want Boot-time Scan to look for programs that are stealthily downloaded with other programs and typically perform unwanted activity.
- Unpack archive files: ensure this box is ticked if you want Avast to unpack compressed files during the scan.
- Actions: use the drop-down menu under When a threat is found, apply the following action: to configure automatic responses to any threats detected by the scan:
- Fix automatically: attempts to repair the file. If unsuccessful, moves the file to the Virus Chest or deletes the file if neither action is successful.
- Move to Chest: sends the file to the Virus Chest where the file cannot harm your system.
- Repair: removes malicious code if the file is only partially infected. This action is not possible if the entire code is malware.
- Ask: notifies you and allows you to select a specific action for the file.
- Delete: permanently removes the file from your PC.
- No Action: makes no changes to the contents or location of the file (not recommended as an automatic action).
- Click OK to save your changes.
Use caution when configuring Boot-time Scan to take automatic actions. In the event that a critical system file is incorrectly identified as infected due to a false positive issue, the Boot-time scan may delete the file if an automatic action is set up. Though Avast has a number of measures designed to prevent such issues, false positives may occur.