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 or Windows Defender 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 and February 2016 newsletters, 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 standard installation, so simply click on “Install”. Before you click on install however, decide if you also want to install the Google Chrome browser. If not, make sure to deselect the two options at the bottom of the window. When you click on the “Install” button, the following window will appear in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
Simply wait for the installer files to download and install automatically. When the process is complete, the following window will appear.
Avast Antivirus is now installed. There are just a few more steps you need to take. Click on “Continue” and the following window will appear.
If you’re interested in antivirus for an Android mobile phone, the installer now gives you the opportunity to check out Avast for Android (antivirus is not needed on Apple or Windows phones). To skip this and get started with Avast, click on “No, I don’t want to protect my Android phone”.
Installation is now completely finished and you can now proceed directly to our next tutorial.