Cyber threats can be concealed in a variety of ways. Many antivirus programs can identify malware with regular scans or real-time protection. However, a boot time scan is more thorough and can catch stealthy threats.
A boot scan is a thorough examination of the system at an initial stage, before it begins the Windows operating system. This allows the program to detect hidden malware and remove it without affecting your normal workflow. Avast’s Boot Scan feature offers several options to handle threats discovered during the scan. These include repairing the files immediately, moving the files to the Disease Chest or quarantine area, or taking them off.
The process of running a boot scan may take a long time. To speed things up it’s recommended to turn off non-essential startup programs and disconnect external hard drives or USB devices. This will lessen the likelihood of conflict, and allow the scan to focus on the internal storage. It is also a great idea to schedule the time that you won’t be using your computer for other work so that the boot scanning can occur without interruption.
To enable the boot scan, go to the Avast user interface and click Settings (the gear icon). Select Protection > Scan Settings and then select the Boot Time Scan option. After that, you can set the options to suit your needs and click OK. The Avast boot-time scan is an extremely powerful tool that can ensure that your computer is safe from threats and enjoy an easier and more enjoyable computing experience.