Avast 2015: Scanning with Avast GrimeFighter

Requirements for running Avast GrimeFighter

The following system requirements are recommended in order to run Avast GrimeFighter:

  • Windows 8.1 except RT and Starter Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 8 except RT and Starter Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 7 SP1 or higher, any Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows Vista SP2 or higher, except Starter Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows XP SP2, any Edition.

  • Permanent Internet connection (computer connection via LAN cable is strongly recommended).

  • 512 MB RAM or above.

  • 256 MB minimum hard disk free space.

Notes:

  • GrimeFighter does not run on any Apple Mac OS, or any other which isn't specified as supported.

  • GrimeFighter currently doesn´t support UEFI boot on Windows 8 / 8.1. We are working on compatibility.


The following instructions assume that Avast Antivirus 2015 is installed on your computer. For instructions to install Avast Antivirus 2015 please see the following articles:


How to run an Avast GrimeFighter scan - Quick Steps

Before you start your Avast GrimeFighter scan please ensure that you are logged in with administrator permissions, and all other programs on your computer are closed.


If you use GrimeFighter as a standalone application, please follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select Scan → Scan for performance issues.

  2. Click Optimize my PC. If you are using GrimeFighter for the first time on the computer, you will need to purchase or activate your license.

  3. Select Reboot and run now. When the computer restarts click Begin GrimeFighter to begin scanning.

  4. Click Clean My System to run the cleanup.

  5. After Avast GrimeFighter has finished cleaning your system, your final report appears. Click Return to Windows to exit GrimeFighter and restart your system.


How to run an Avast GrimeFighter scan - Detailed Steps

Before you start your Avast GrimeFighter scan please ensure that you are logged in with administrator permissions, and all other programs on your computer are closed.


If you use GrimeFighter as a standalone application, please follow these instructions:

To use GrimeFighter within Avast Antivirus:

  1. Open your Avast user interface and select ScanScan for performance issues.
    Figure I


    Note:
    If the option Scan for performance issues is not in your Scan menu, then Avast Antivirus 2015 has determined that your system is incompatible with running Avast GrimeFighter for some reason. More...


  2. Click Optimize my PC, and verify your Avast account details if requested.

    Your license must be activated before you can proceed with scanning. If you have not yet purchased or activated a license for GrimeFighter, please visit the article below:


    Avast GrimeFighter downloads all the necessary files to sedate and scan your computer.
    Figure II

  3. Select Reboot and run now to begin scanning. Or, if you do not want to restart your computer right now, you can schedule the scan for later.
    Figure III

  4. The computer restarts in Avast GrimeFighter mode. Click Begin GrimeFighter to start the scan.
    Figure IV

  5. Avast GrimeFighter may take anywhere from 30 minutes up to four hours to scan your computer. During the scan you can browse the Internet, but keep in mind that you won't be able to access any of your Windows files or applications.

    If you need to return to Windows during a scan, you can exit Avast GrimeFighter by clicking the cross in the top right corner of the screen, and select Reboot.


  6. When the scan is complete, you have the option to review changes before performing the cleanup:

    • If you want to accept all recommended changes to your computer, click Clean My System.
      Figure V

    • Otherwise, to view the recommended changes before performing the final system cleanup, click Review and Edit Changes, and set which action you want to apply for each item, one by one. When you are finished reviewing click Apply Changes,
      Figure VI


      ...and then select Clean My System.

  7. After Avast GrimeFighter has finished cleaning your system, a summary of the changes appears. The "Karma" value is a rough numerical representation of work done in each area.
    Figure VII

    Click Return to Windows to restart your computer in Windows.


If there is any problem you have 7 days to undo the changes. For details please visit the following article:




Conditions

Avast GrimeFighter 2015

Avast Premier 2015
Avast Internet Security 2015
Avast Pro Antivirus 2015
Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Operating systems:


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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