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free Avanti anti-virus

by user470 / March 25, 2011 8:22 PM PDT

I have the free Avanti anti-virus software installed on my
windows 7 computer. Does anyone know whether this software by itself periodically scans my computer for viruses. Thank you. user470

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Depemds
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 25, 2011 8:26 PM PDT
In reply to: free Avanti anti-virus

That depends what you have told it to do.

My own anti-virus is scheduled to scan once a day. Once I set that, it does it automatically.

What options have you chosen for your anti-virus? Only you can say.

Mark

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no options
by user470 / March 26, 2011 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Depemds

I don't have an options box on this software. In fact I mistyped the name of the software. It is not Avanti. It is Avast. user470

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Avast
by bob b / March 26, 2011 1:28 AM PDT
In reply to: no options

I don't think Avast does that by default.

However if I open Avast 'scan now' I see where I can schedule a scan.

Never tried it.

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Avast AV
by pgc3 / March 26, 2011 1:37 AM PDT
In reply to: no options

A lot of people use Avast and like it but there are some limitations as with any of the freebies. With Win7 you have Windows Defender and of course the Windows firewall, so with those in place you may do fine, depending on the type of surfing you do.One issue with most freebies is that they give you no spyware coverage, there are freebies for that as well but I would do a little research before I started downloading a lot of stuff that may or may not do anything but clutter the system and create glitches. One tool, however that is handy (many use it) is Malwarebytes you can download and save it to file or desktop, it is free. Best of luck!

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Now that you say it is avast and not avanti
by roddy32 / March 26, 2011 4:21 AM PDT
In reply to: no options

You CAN schedule a scan but you have to look close for it. They don't make it easy to find. This is for the free avast 6.0.1000 which is the latest version. Open the program and click on the left side where it says "scan now". Then look where it says "full system scan". Look on the right of that and click "more details". Then you should see below that where it says "settings". That will open another window, click on the left side of that and choose the bottom option "scheduling" and put a tick in the box that says "schedule this scan". Then you can set the time, etc. from there for whenever you want it done and how often.

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