How to Install, Register and Configure avast!

List of sections on this page:

2.0 How to Install avast!

Step 1. Double click . The Open File - Security Warning dialog box may appear. If it does, click Yes to activate avast! Installation as follows:

Figure 1: The Free Antivirus Setup-avast! Installation screen

Step 2. Unselect Yes, install Dropbox as shown in figure 1 and click

Note: Selecting Custom installation will allow you to change language settings for your avast!. Otherwise you are able to use Regular installation.

Step 3 Accept the default installation folder and click to activate the following dialog box:

Figure 2: The 'Which components do you want to install?' window

Step 4 Select a language, accept all other defaults and click

Step 5 After reading the license agreement click at the Please Do Not Skip - Read it Carefully screen to begin the installation. The opt-out option will be discussed later in this chapter.

Figure 3: Install the product window

Step 6 Click to complete the installation. avast! will launch a quick scan of your computer as shown below:

Figure 4: !avast quick scan

Note Refer to section 4.7 How to Deal with Viruses if !avast detects infected files during the quick scan shown in figure 4

Once the quick scan has completed, the !avast homepage will display as shown in the screen below. You have now completed the install of !avast

Figure 5: Thank you for installing !avast Free Antivirus

Important You must register your copy of the software, to ensure that the software engines, virus definitions and the program itself are updated on a regular basis. This is described in the next section.

2.1 How to Register avast!

Note: If you do not register your copy of avast! it will stop working after 30 days. You must be connected to the Internet to register avast!.

To register your copy of avast! perform the following steps:

Step 1. Click at the figure 5 above to activate the following screen:

Figure 9: Select your level of protection

Step 2. Click under the Standard protection column as highlighted above in figure 9

Step 3. At the Register your !avast Free Antivirus enter your email address as shown in following screen and click

Figure 10: The Register your !avast Free Antivirus screen

Note: Your email is the only mandatory text field.

Step 4. Click Stay with basic protection as highlighted in the following screen:

Figure 11: The Thank you for registering with avast! screen

You have now completed registering of your copy of avast!

Figure 12: You Are Protected screen

2.2 Opt-Out for the avast! Community

During the avast! installation process, avast! will automatically enable the Participate in the avast! community option. For reasons of internet privacy and security, it is recommended that you disable this option as shown in the following steps:

Step 1. Click from the left hand column of the avast! home screen

Step 1. From the General tab unselect the Participate in the Avast community as shown in the following screen:

Figure 13: The Participate in the Avast community screen

2.3 Customised Settings

Once avast! is installed and running on your computer, the following settings can be configured as required.

2.3.1 SSL Scanning of Email Connections

By default, avast! Mail Shield tool will scan all email including SSL/TLS encrypted connections. This can can cause issues for some email clients such as Thunderbird. SSL scanning of email connections can be disabled to prevent avast! interfering with email clients.

Step 1. Click from the left hand column of the !avast home screen

Step 2. Click and select Mail Shield and Customize as shown below.

Figure 14: Mail Shield - Customise

Step 3. Click and unselect SSL Scanning as shown below.

Figure 15: SSL Scanning option

2.3.2 Disable voiceover sounds

By default, avast! will enable 'Voiceover' sounds where available. This can be disabled by following the steps below.

Step 1. Click from the left hand column of the !avast home screen

Step 2. Click and select the Sound settings arrow as highlighted below.

Figure 16: Sound settings

Step 3. Unselect Use voiceover sounds (where available) as shown above.