- How-To Booklet
- 1. How to protect your computer from malware and hackers
- 2. How to protect your information from physical threats
- 3. How to create and maintain secure passwords
- 4. How to protect the sensitive files on your computer
- 5. How to recover from information loss
- 6. How to destroy sensitive information
- 7. How to keep your Internet communication private
- 8. How to remain anonymous and bypass censorship on the Internet
- 9. How to protect yourself and your data when using social networking
- 10. How to use mobile phones as securely as possible
- 11. How to use smartphones as securely as possible
- Hands-On Guides
- avast! - anti-virus
- Spybot - anti-spyware
- Comodo Firewall
- KeePass - secure password storage
- TrueCrypt - secure file storage
- Cobian Backup
- Recuva - file recovery
- Eraser - secure file removal
- CCleaner - secure file deletion and work session wiping
- Riseup - secure email service
- Pidgin with OTR - secure instant messaging
- Jitsi - Secure Audio, Video and Text Communication
- Thunderbird + Enigmail + GPG - secure email client
- gpg4usb - email text and files encryption
- Firefox + add-ons - secure Web browser
- Tor Browser Bundle - anonymity and circumvention
- Social networking tools
- Mobile Security
How to Install and Register avast!
List of sections on this page:
2.0 How to Install avast!
Installing avast! is a relatively easy and quick procedure. To begin installing avast!, perform the following steps:
Step 1. Double click ; the Open File - Security Warning dialog box may appear. If it does, click to activate a progress status bar that runs for a minute or so depending on the speed of your computer. After the avast! components are completely unpacked, a dialog box is activated as follows:
Figure 1: The Free Antivirus Setup-avast! Installation screen
Step 2. Click to activate the following dialog box:
Figure 2: The avast! Installation dialog box
During the avast! installation process, the avast! Installation dialog box will appear with the Participate in the avast! community option enabled. For reasons of internet privacy and security, it is recommended that you disable this option as shown in Figure 2 above.
Step 3. Uncheck the Participate in the avast! community check box to disable this option, and then click to activate the following dialog box:
Figure 3: The avast! recommends screen
During the avast! installation process, the avast! recommends dialog box appears with the Yes, also install the Google Chrome web browser option enabled. We recommend that you disable this option as shown in Figure 3 above.
Step 4. Check the No, do not install the Google Chrome web browser option to disable it, and then click to continue installing avast!.
A notice informing you that the installation process has completed itself will appear after a few minutes.
Step 5. Click to complete the software installation procedure. After a brief interval, avast! icon appears in your System Tray as follows:
Figure 4: The avast! icon outlined in black in the System Tray
After another brief interval, a message confirming the successful installation of avast! appears as follows:
Figure 5: The avast! installation confirmation message
Every time avast! automatically updates both its program and virus definitions, a notice will appear over the System Tray and resemble the following screen:
Figure 6: An example of an avast! message
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.
After you have properly registered avast!, it will continue to automatically protect you from malware and virus attacks, and issue notices which resemble the following screen:
Figure 7: An example of a notice in which a threat has been blocked.
Step 6. Double click in the System Tray (refer to Figure 4) to activate the avast! main user interface, and then click to display the Current Status details as follows:
Figure 8: The avast! main user interface.
Important: avast! must be registered in order for you to continue receiving program versions and virus definition updates, which are essential to protecting your computer from different threats.
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 to activate the avast! main user interface (Figure 10).
Step 2. Click (through MAINTENANCE and Registration menu items) to activate the following two screens in quick succession:
Figure 9: The Free Antivirus Registration screen
The avast! Free Antivirus Registration pops-up window advises you that information is being retrieved. It is followed by another screen warning you that avast! will expire in 30 days if you do not register your software by then. (It also displays information about commercial software products and promotions currently available.)
Figure 10: The Your Registration Status screen
Step 3. Click to activate Figure 2 again, followed by this screen:
Figure 11: The Antivirus Free Registration - Registration Form
Note: The Name and Email are the only mandatory text fields. They are identified by asterisks and outlined in small red squares. The other fields are not mandatory in the registration process.
Step 4. Type your name and email address into the corresponding text fields, and then click to activate the following screen:
Figure 12: Thank You for Registering pop-up screen
Step 5. Click to access the YOUR REGISTRATION pane in the main user interface as follows:
Figure 13: The YOUR REGISTRATION pane registration confirmation
You have now completed registering of your copy of avast!, and are ready to learn how to manually update the program and virus definition updates. To begin doing so, please refer to section 3.0 How to Manually Update avast!