Manage these settings at:
Settings ▸ General
You can view main program settings by expanding the appropriate section.
To change the language, select an installed language from the drop-down menu and click OK at the bottom of the window.
If the preferred language is not in the menu, add a new language:
You can enable Avast to alert you with a sound or voice message for certain events.
Check Use voiceover sounds (when available) to play a voice message notification for events, such as when a threat is detected or virus definitions are updated.
Set the length of time Avast popup messages are displayed.
If you don't want to see popup messages of any kind, you can enable Silent/Gaming mode (see above).
You can create a password to be required to access the Avast user interface, or certain program settings. Password to the program is not related to the Avast Account password.
To set a password, first check the box Protect Avast with a password then enter the password in the boxes provided. The password cannot be recovered if forgotten.
You can then specify which areas are protected by the password:
Optimize space on your harddisk by limiting the size of the logs and removing logs which are no longer needed.
You can specify which components are used to determine your protection status on the Overview page.
It is not recommended to alter status monitoring settings, because the displayed status is not accurate when important components are not monitored.
You can exclude certain files, folders or URLs from scanning. Specify whether the exclusion applies to files, URLs, DeepScreen detections, or Hardened mode analysis. This avoids false positive detections for files you know are safe, and speeds up scan time.
Wildcard characters * and ? can be used here.
By default, a popup alert appears on the screen when a virus is detected. You can also configure a separate notification. For example, for network administrators to monitor infections on their network.
To create an alert, first select a method from the list:
Allows you to backup and restore your customized Avast settings such as exclusions and custom scans. This is useful if you need to uninstall and reinstall Avast, or to copy your settings to another computer where Avast is installed.