Avast Mac Security 2015: Scanning for viruses

Scanning for viruses in Avast Mac Security

While installed, with all shields enabled, Avast Mac Security protects your computer from malware in real time. However it is still a good idea to run a virus scan regularly. You can run a thorough scan of the whole system, quickly scan a particular folder or removable drive, or drag and drop specific files to be scanned.

Scanning

Settings & Results

Run a Full System Scan

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Scan.
  2. Click the Start button next to Full System Scan.
  3. The scan will then run. When complete, your scan results appear.

Run a Removable Volume Scan

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Scan.
  2. Click the Start button next to Removable Volume Scan.
  3. Select the volume you would like to scan.
  4. The scan will then run. When complete, your scan results appear.

Run a Custom Scan

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Scan.
  2. Click the Start button next to Custom Scan.
  3. The scan will then run. When complete, your scan results appear.

Drag and Drop scan

Drag a file (or folder) icon by holding down your mouse button and moving it to the Avast icon in the dock, or Avast user interface when it is open. Drop the file (or folder) by releasing your mouse button.

Avast scans the file (or folder) immediately. When complete, your scan results appear.

How to deal with threats in scan results

If your scan shows that threats were found, the best practice is to send the files to the Virus Chest.

If you think that the files indicated are false positive detections, please submit the file to the Virus Lab after placing it in the Virus Chest.

For details please read the article below:

Adjust scan settings

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Scan.
  2. Click Settings next to the scan you want to customize.
  3. Specify whether potentially unwanted programs (PUP) are reported. A PUP is typically a program which is downloaded with another program, is not useful, and may cause unwanted behavior such as collecting data, slowing down your computer, or displaying popups.

    When Scan whole files is ticked scans files in their entirety. If unticked, Avast scans only the parts of files which are typically vulnerable to malware.
  4. Click Done to save and apply changes.

View previous scan reports

Open your Avast user interface and go to Reports. Select a scan from the list to view the report.

Any files detected can be sent to the Virus Chest or deleted (if they have not already been moved or deleted).

For details please read the article below:

  • Avast Pro Mac Security 2015
  • Avast Free Mac Security 2015
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard, Intel based)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)

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