What Does a Boot Scan Do?

Cyber threats can be disguised in a variety of ways. While many antivirus software are able to detect malware using regular scans and real-time protection and boot-time scans, a boot-time scan provides the most thorough protection against threats that are stealthy.

A boot scan is an instant inspection of the system before Windows begins. This allows the software to identify malware that is hidden and remove it without affecting your normal workflow. Avast’s Boot scan feature offers various options to handle threats found during the scan. These include repairing the files immediately, transferring them to the Disease Chest or quarantine area, or deleting them.

The process of conducting a boot scan could take a long time. 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 the internal storage. It is also a great idea to plan the time that you will not use your computer for any other activities so that boot scanning can happen without interruption.

To enable a boot scan, open the Avast user interface and select Settings (the gear icon). Select Protection > Scan Settings and then check the Boot Time Scan option. Configure the options according to your preferences, then click OK. The Avast Boot-Time Scan is a powerful program to protect your system from dangers and have a smoother computer environment.


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