Cyber threats can be hidden in a variety of ways. While several antivirus programs can detect malware with regular scans and real-time protection while boot-time scanning offers the most thorough protection against threats that are stealthy.
A boot scan checks the computer system at an initial stage, before it starts the Windows operating system. This allows the software detect hidden malware without disrupting normal operation. The Boot Scan feature of Avast offers many options to handle threats detected during the scan. These include fixing the files immediately, transferring the files to the Disease Chest or quarantine, or even the deletion of them.
It can take some time to run a boot test. To speed things up it’s a good idea to disable non-essential startup applications and unplug external hard drives or USB devices. This will decrease the chance of conflict and allow the scan to concentrate on internal storage. It’s also an ideal idea to allocate some time during the day when you won’t be using your computer for other activities, so that the boot scan can run its course without interference.
To enable a boot scan, log into the Avast user interface and select Settings (the gear icon). Select Protection > Scan settings, and check the option to scan for boot time. Then, set the options to your preferences and click OK. The Avast Boot-Time Scan is a powerful tool to help you protect your computer from threats and provide a more comfortable computer environment.