Avast Antivirus: Testing whether Avast Antivirus protects your PC against malware
How to test if Avast Antivirus protects your PC against malware
Some types of malware attempt to disable your antivirus protection. To verify that Avast Antivirus is working properly on your PC, use EICAR Anti-malware Test File. You can test the following components:
Avast Antivirus Web Shield protects your system from malware while you use the internet (browsing, downloading files, etc.). If malware is detected while downloading a file from the Internet, the download is stopped to prevent the threat from reaching your PC.
To verify that Web Shield is working properly, follow these steps:
Scroll down to the Download area using the standard protocol http section and click the eicar.com link to initiate the download.
Avast displays an alert: Threat blocked (Infection: EICAR test-NOT virus!!!), which indicates that Avast Antivirus protects you against malware.
Testing File System Shield
The File System Shield in Avast Antivirus checks any programs the moment they are started, and files the moment they are opened, saved, or copied. If anything suspicious is detected, it stops the program from starting, or the file from being opened, saved or copied, to prevent any damage to your PC and data.
To verify if File System Shield is working properly, follow these steps:
Temporarily disable Web Shield (Stop for 10 minutes), by following the instructions in the article below:
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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