Behavior Shield - Settings

Manage these settings from: MenuSettingsProtectionCore Shields

From the Behavior Shield settings menu, you can reconfigure the default settings. Behavior Shield is an additional layer of active protection in Avast Antivirus, and monitors all processes on your PC in real-time for suspicious behavior. Configure the following Behavior Shield settings:

General Core Shields Settings

In the Core Shields settings section you can configure the main components of Avast Antivirus. Manage the following settings for all Core Shields:

  • Enable or disable Core Shields: all Core Shields are enabled by default. To disable Core Shields temporarily for troubleshooting purposes, click the (ON) slider so that it changes to (OFF), and select the amount of time you want Core Shields to be disabled. We strongly recommend avoiding the Stop indefinitely option.
  • Define Core defense sensitivity: use the slider to define the real-time sensitivity level of Core Shields (medium sensitivity is selected by default).
  • Define action: select the tab for a specific type of malware. The tabs are: Viruses, PUPs (Potentially unwanted programs), and Archived Viruses. Select the action that Avast will perform when that type of malware is detected. We recommend selecting Fix automatically for all three types of virus discovery.

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Detection Behavior Settings

In this settings section, define behavior settings for all Core Shields

  • Enable CyberCapture Technology (enabled by default): define how you want to treat a threat on your PC. You can select Always block a threat (selected by default) or Ask me about decision to receive a notification every time a threat is detected on your PC.
  • Enable Hardened Mode: allows Avast to increase the security of your PC. This setting is recommended for inexperienced users.
  • Enable Rootkit detection: increases detection for known rootkit software.
  • Enable Exploit detection: increases detection for vulnerable software and exploit attacks.

Behavior Shield settings

  • Enable Behavior Shield (enabled by default): allows you to temporarily disable Behavior Shield for troubleshooting purposes. We do not recommend disabling it indefinitely.
  • Enable advanced threat protection: enables Behavior Shield to move any detected threats to Quarantine automatically.
  • Generate report file (enabled by default): allows Behavior Shield to create a report of every scan result. While troubleshooting issues with Avast Support, you may be asked to provide a report file.

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