Cyber threats can be disguised in a variety of ways. Many antivirus programs can identify malware through regular scans or real-time protection. However the boot time scan is more thorough and will detect hidden threats.
A boot scan is a short inspection of the system before Windows begins. This allows the program to detect hidden malware and eliminate it without affecting your normal operations. Avast’s Boot Scan feature offers several options to handle threats detected during the scan. These include fixing the files immediately, transferring the files to the Disease Chest, quarantine or deleting them.
The process of conducting a boot scan could take a long time. To speed things up it’s best to block non-essential startup apps and disconnect external hard drives or USB devices. This will decrease the risk of conflict and let the scan concentrate solely on the internal storage. It is also a good idea to schedule some time during which you won’t use your computer for any other purposes so that boot scanning can happen without interruption.
To enable a boot scan, open the Avast user interface and then select Settings (the gear icon). Select Protection > Scan settings, and check the Boot-Time Scan option. Then, adjust the options to your preference and click OK. The Avast Boot-Time Scan is a powerful tool to help you safeguard your PC from malware and provide a more comfortable computer environment.