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What Does a Boot Scan Do?

When a cyber-attack makes its way into your computer, it could be disguised in a variety of ways. While many antivirus software can detect malware through regular scans and real-time protection and boot-time scans, a boot-time scan provides the most thorough protection against threats that are stealthy.

A boot scan is an instant review of your computer before Windows begins. This allows the software to detect malware that is hidden and not disrupt normal operations. The Boot Scan feature of Avast offers many options to deal with threats that are detected during the scan. This includes fixing the files immediately, moving the files to the Disease Chest, quarantine or the deletion of them.

It can take a while to run a boot test. To accelerate the process it’s recommended to turn off non-essential startup programs and disconnect external hard drives or USB devices. This will reduce the chance of conflict and let the scan focus solely on the internal storage. It is also a great idea to plan some time during which you will not be using your computer for other work so that the boot scanning process can be completed without interruption.

To enable a boot-time scan you must select Settings (the gear icon) in the Avast interface. Select Protection > Scan settings, and check the option to scan for boot time. Configure the options according to your preferences, then click OK. The Avast boot-time scan is an effective tool that can assist you in keeping your computer secure from dangers and enjoy a the smoother experience of computing.


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