Cyber threats can be disguised in many ways. Many antivirus programs can identify malware with regular scans or real-time protection. However a boot-time scan is more thorough and will catch stealthy threats.

A boot scan is a brief inspection of the system prior to Windows begins. This lets the software identify hidden malware without disrupting normal operations. Avast’s Boot Scan feature offers various options to deal with threats detected during the scan. This includes fixing the files immediately, transferring them to the Disease Chest and quarantining them, or eliminating them.

It can take a while to run a boot test. To accelerate the process it’s best to turn off non-essential startup programs and unplug external hard drives or USB devices. This will lessen the likelihood of conflict, and allow the scan to concentrate on internal storage. It’s also an excellent idea to set aside certain periods of time when you won’t be using your computer for other activities to ensure that the boot process can run without interruption.

To enable a boot-time scan choose Settings (the gear icon) within the Avast interface. Select Protection > Scan settings, and select the option for a Boot-Time Scan. Then, configure the options to your preference and click OK. The Avast boot-time scan is an effective tool that can assist you in keeping your computer secure from threats and provide more smoother and faster computing.