Cyber threats can be hidden in many ways. While the majority of antivirus software are able to detect malware through regular scans and real-time protection and boot-time scans, a boot-time scan provides a more rigorous sweep against stealthy threats.

A boot scan is a thorough examination of the computer system at an early stage, before it begins the Windows operating system. This allows the software to find hidden malware and remove it without affecting your normal workflow. Avast’s Boot scan feature offers many options to handle threats discovered during the scan. These include fixing the files immediately, moving the files to the Disease Chest and quarantining them, or eliminating them.

The process of performing a boot scan can take a long time. To accelerate the process it’s recommended to disable any non-essential startup software and unplug external hard drives or USB devices. This will decrease the risk of conflict and allow the scan to concentrate solely on the internal storage. It’s also a good idea to set aside some time during which you won’t use your computer for other purposes so that boot scanning can happen without interruption.

To enable a boot scan, log into the Avast user interface and click Settings (the gear icon). Select Protection > Scan Settings and check the Boot Time Scan option. Choose the options that best suit your preferences and then click OK. The Avast Boot-Time Scan is an effective tool to help you safeguard your computer from threats and provide a more comfortable computer environment.

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