Avast Antivirus Tutorial 1 – Installation
Avast antivirus is a very popular free antivirus suite. Many users feel that the basic protection offered by Microsoft Security Essentials does not go far enough and therefore opt to install a third party alternative. Avast has a good track record and we were particularly impressed with their bug bounty program that actively rewards security researchers for finding vulnerabilities in the software. As we covered in our August 2014 newsletter, good antivirus products shouldn’t just find malware on your machine, they should be hardened and tested against hack attacks and bugs that could potentially cripple your entire system.
To get started using Avast antivirus, download the product here. For this tutorial we will be going with the “Essential” Avast free antivirus. Click the link to download and when the download is complete, double click on the downloaded file or choose “Open” or “Run” in your browsers download manager. Grant permission for the installation to continue if User Account Control prompts you to do so. The following window will then appear (click on any image to see it full size).
For this tutorial we’re going to use the “Regular installation” button. Before you click on that, decide if you also want to install the Google toolbar. If not, make sure to deselect that option at the bottom of the window. When you click on the “Regular installation” button, the following window will appear.
Wait a moment while files are copied and configured. When the process is complete, the following window will appear.
Click on “Done” to finish the installation process. You can now proceed directly to our next tutorial.