Manage these settings from:
Settings ▸ Components
Some components may be inactive in your version of Avast. This may be because the components were not installed during installation of Avast Antivirus, or because they are not included in your program version by default.
Depending on each component, you can perform the following actions:
- Customize a component:
Customizenext to a component to adjust its settings.
- Enable/disable a component:
enablea component, click the OFFslider so that it changes to ON.
disablea component, click the ONslider so that it changes to OFF. For the crucial security components such as Shields and Firewall, select how long you want a component to be temporarily disabled to minimize risk.
- Install/uninstall a component:
Install Componentnext to the component you want to use (some components are not installed by default). Some components may require you to restart your PC.
- Click the down arrow to expand the panel of the component you want to uninstall. Then, click
Uninstalland OKto confirm.
Note: We strongly recommend you keep all crucial security components, such as Shields and Firewall, installed and enabled to ensure your maximum protection. We do not recommend you turn off these components indefinitely by selecting the
Security components overview
File Shield: actively scans all programs and files on your hard drive as they are opened, run, modified, and saved. If malware is detected, File Shield prevents the program or file from infecting your PC. Read more... Behavior Shield: monitors programs installed on your PC for suspicious behavior that may indicate the presence of malicious code. Read more... Mail Shield: scans for threats in your incoming and outgoing email messages. Scanning applies only to messages sent or received using a mail management software, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. If you access your web based email account via an internet browser, your PC is protected by other Shields. Read more... Web Shield: actively scans data that is transferred when you browse the internet to prevent malware from being downloaded and run on your PC. Read more... Real Site: protects you against DNS hijacking to ensure you get to the actual website you want to visit. Read more... Anti-spam: keeps your inbox clean from unwanted spam and junk emails when you use a mail management software, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. If you access your web based email account via an internet browser, you can keep this component uninstalled. Read more... Firewall: monitors all network traffic between your PC and the outside world to protect you from unauthorized communication and intrusions. Read more... Sandbox: allows you to run applications in a virtual, safe environment, completely isolated from the rest of your PC's system. This feature is useful when you want to run suspicious or untrusted applications without risk. Read more... Software Updater(Avast Business Antivirus Pro and Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus only): helps keep commonly used third party software up to date to eliminate potential security risks. Read more... Browser Cleanup(Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus only): identifies poorly rated add-ons from your browsers and allows you to remove or disable them. Read more... Rescue Disk: enables you to scan your PC when your system is not running. Rescue Disk is useful when you suspect your PC is infected with malware and standard Antivirus scans (including the Boot-time scan) have issues with detecting or removing a threat. This method significantly increases your chances of detecting and removing malware because the malware is unable to counteract. Read more... Wi-Fi Inspector: scans your network for vulnerabilities and identifies potential security issues that open the door to threats. This feature checks the status of your network, devices connected to the network, and router settings. Read more... Security browser extension: is a web browser extension designed to improve your online security and overall experience when browsing the internet.
Privacy components overview
SecureLine VPN(Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus only): is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which functions as a private tunnel through the Internet. It encrypts your data and secures your connection when using public Wi-Fi connections such as those in cafes or airports. Read more... Passwords(Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus only): is an easy to use password manager which securely stores your sensitive information and enables you to quickly log into your online accounts and complete web forms. Read more... Webcam Shield(Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus only): prevents applications and malware from accessing your PC's webcam without your consent. With Webcam Shield enabled, untrusted applications can not capture images or videos and send the content outside of your PC to compromise your privacy. Read more... Data Shredder(Avast Business Antivirus Pro and Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus only): allows you to irreversibly erase hard drive partitions or individual files with sensitive data such as user data or licensed software, so that there is no way to restore data. This is especially useful when selling/donating your computers or hard drives. Read more...