If you’re looking for a free antivirus program, you won’t go wrong with choosing Avast 2017. It’s completely free to download and install, but it offers a wide range of features that are not available in other free antivirus products.
One of the best things about Avast 2017 is that you can use it right out of the box. Once you’ve downloaded and installed it in your computer, it will immediately start protecting you from online threats without requiring you to do anything else. However, if you have the time, you’ll want to tinker with the program’s settings and choose the configurations that will help you enjoy the best possible protection. Here are some of the ways to make the most of Avast 2017:
Choose Recommended Protection
This should actually be done before you install Avast 2017, but we’re including it here for those who are still thinking of getting the program.
During the installation process, Avast will ask you to choose how you want it to be installed. You can select Minimal, which will install only the active malware scanner plus the browser add-on called Web Shield. You can also select custom installation, which is ideal if you have extensive knowledge about online security and know exactly what you need for your computer.
The best possible choice, though, is Recommended Protection. When you select this, you’ll download 15 components that Avast considers to be important in maintaining browser security. This means you’re covering all the bases and getting the highest level of protection in all computing aspects.
Enable PUP scanning
Avast doesn’t scan for Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) out of the box, so you’ll have to enable this manually. By doing this, you’ll keep yourself away from the junkware that is offered by a lot of program installers and is often annoying and disruptive.
Create an Avast password
Avast gives you the ability to set a password for the program. It’s similar to the password you have for your smartphone: without it, you won’t be able to make changes to Avast’s settings, and neither will any malware. To safeguard your antivirus program and your entire computer, turn on this feature and choose a strong, unique password that no one will be able to guess.
Keep Avast unobtrusive
Because it’s a free program, Avast 2017 comes with pop-up notifications that encourage you to upgrade to the paid version. They’re not exactly annoying, but they can be distracting — which isn’t a good thing especially if you’re running after a deadline. To minimize these distractions, you can uncheck the box beside “Enable Avast sounds” and check the box beside “Silent Mode”.
Allow Avast to remove infected items
Avast’s Smart Scan feature doesn’t automatically delete infected items by default. You can change this to ensure that infected files will be removed from your computer right away and prevent the virus from spreading.
These are just some of the ways to maximize your use of Avast 2017.