Avast 2016: Software Updater - Getting Started

How to use Software Updater

Software Updater is a tool in Avast Antivirus which helps keep widely used third-party software up to date to eliminate potential security risks.

Using Software Updater

To update your third-party applications with Sofware Updater:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to Scan → Scan for outdated software.
  2. Click Update next to the application name indicated as out-of-date. You may be redirected to the vendor's webpage or another appropriate site to download the update.
  • If you don't want to be reminded about updates for a particular application, click Ignore updates.
  • In Avast Premier, you can opt to automatically download and install available updates by clicking Turn on.

Software Updater settings

Options available in the Software Updater settings differ depending on which edition of Avast Antivirus you have.

  1. Click Software Updater settings at the bottom of the Software Updater screen.
  2. Select how you want Software Updater to perform updates:
    • Enable Software Updater - Tick this box to ensure that Software Updater is turned on.
    • Allow update of system-wide products for administrators only - Tick this box to disable update notifications for users without administrative rights. This is recommended if you have multiple non-administrator users on your computer and want to prevent them from being notified about updates that require administrative rights to be installed.
    • Automatically download updates if possible - Tick this box to download available updates without asking. This option is available for paid Avast Antivirus products.
    • Automatically update if possible - Tick this box to install available updates without asking. This option is available for Avast Premier only.
    • Notifcations (popups) enabled - Tick this box to notify you through a pop-up message when updates are available. If you un-tick this box, be sure to check the Software Updater interface often for any available updates.
  • Avast Premier 2016
  • Avast Internet Security 2016
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 2016
  • Avast Free Antivirus 2016
  • 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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