What Does a Boot Scan Do?

When a cyber threat makes its way into your computer, it is able to hide 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 can identify threats that are not obvious.

A boot scan is a short analysis of your computer prior to Windows begins. This allows the program to identify malware that is hidden and remove it without affecting your normal workflow. Avast’s Boot Scan feature provides many options to deal with threats that are detected during the scan. These include repairing the files immediately, moving the files to the Disease Chest or quarantine, or even taking them off.

The process of conducting a boot scan could take a while. It’s a great idea to disable any non-essential startup software and unplug USB or external hard drives. This will reduce the chance of conflict and allow the scan to concentrate on the internal storage. It’s also a good idea to plan some time during which you will not be using your computer for other activities so that boot scanning can occur without interruption.

To enable the boot scan, go to the Avast user interface and select Settings (the gear icon). Select Scan Settings > Protection and check the Boot Time Scan option. Configure the options according to your preferences, then click OK. The Avast Boot-Time Scan is an effective tool to help you protect your system from dangers and create a more pleasant computer environment.