Avast Free Antivirus is an award-winning freeware antivirus program (requires free registration) that has proven itself as an easy-to-use and reliable antivirus. Some features of the program include the presence of a scanner, the ability to scan archives, check outgoing and incoming mail, scripts and files downloaded from the Internet, as well as scanning all devices connected to the computer, and much more. Antivirus has a simple and intuitive interface, making it accessible for both advanced and novice users.
How Do I Start a Scan?
To start scanning, you need to do the following:
- First, open the Avast user interface by double-clicking the icon on your desktop or system tray.
- The first time you launch the program, you will be taken to the Overview home page. The easiest way to start scanning for malware and viruses in Avast Free Antivirus is by pressing the Smart Scan button.
- Smart Scan combines all the necessary scanning tools. One scan in most cases can solve all your problems. If you want to customize scanning, then you can go to settings.
Where to Find and How to Use the Avast Boot Scan Log
At the end of the scanning procedure, brief information about its results will be displayed in the central part of the player. To view more detailed scan results, right-click in the player window and select “Last scan results” from the context menu.
If during the scan you took no action in relation to the infected objects, the “Operation” column will not contain any information. Otherwise, in order to view more detailed data on the performed operation with a particular file, select it in the list by clicking the left mouse button. And then click on the “Action” button in the upper left corner. You will see a list of actions. And the specific action performed on this file will be listed in the “Operation” column.
Please remember that when you close Avast antivirus, the “Last Scan Results” option will become unavailable to access from the program. And you will not be able to view the scan log the next time you start the antivirus. This option will only become available again after a new scan.
To view a text file about scan results, right-click anywhere on the player and select Show Scan Report from the context menu. If this option is disabled, the system will notify you about this and offer the ability to create reports for subsequent checks. After clicking the “Yes” button, the window for specifying the parameters of the report file will appear on the screen. Check the “Create a report file” checkbox. And then you can select a folder to store this file, as well as a list of events to be included in the report.