What Does a Boot Scan Do?

Cyber threats can be concealed in a variety of ways. A lot of antivirus programs can detect malware with regular scans or real-time protection. However, a boot time scan is more thorough and can detect threats that are hidden.

A boot scan checks the computer system at a very early stage, prior to when it launches the Windows operating system. This lets the software identify hidden malware without disrupting normal operation. Avast’s boot scan feature offers a number of options to deal any threats that are detected during the scan, including fixing the files right away, moving them to Disease Chest or quarantine, and finally deleting them.

It can take a while to run a boot test. To accelerate the process it’s a good idea to turn off non-essential startup programs and unplug external hard drives or USB devices. This will reduce the chances of conflict and allow the scan to concentrate on internal storage. It’s also a good idea to dedicate an amount of time when you will not be using the computer for other tasks, so that the boot process can run its course without interference.

To enable a boot-time scan go to Settings (the gear icon) within the Avast interface. Select Scan Settings > Protection and then select the Boot Time Scan option. Configure the options according to your preferences, then click OK. The Avast boot-time scan is an effective tool that can assist you in keeping your computer secure from dangers and enjoy a an easier and more enjoyable computing experience.