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Antivirus Refresher

Still Running?

You know Avast is still running if the blue circle with the "a" in it is in the system tray, and it doesn't have a red circle with a line through it. If it does have a red circle with a line through it, you should right click it and click "Start On Access Protection". If it does not remove the red circle, try reinstalling Avast.

Manually Update

Right click the Avast system tray icon, then click "Updating"->"Program Update". Running the Program Update triggers both the Program update and the iAVS (virus definitions) update. After it checks and installs anything it finds, it will give you a report. Check this and make sure it doesnt say anything about a connection error.

Open Avast

Next, right click on the blue "a" Avast Icon in the system tray and click "Start avast! Antivirus". Alternatively you can click start->(all) Programs->Avast!Antivirus->Avast!Antivirus. After a short memory scan, it will launch the Avast Interface. If the registration has expired it will tell you and you NEED to re-register.

Check Settings

Make sure the date on "Current Version of virus database" isn't more than 3 or 4 days old, Resident is "standard" or "high" (not "disabled"), and that "Automatic Updates" is set to "on".

Run Boot Time Scan

Run a Boot Time Scan by clicking the button on the top left corner of the Avast Interface (it looks like the eject button on a cd drive). Click "Schedule Boot Time Scan". Make sure the "Scan Archive Files" checkbox is checked. Check "Advanced Options", then change the default action to "Delete Infected File", then click the "Schedule" button. It will ask you if you want to reboot now, click "Yes".

The scan will take a while, do not interrupt it, let it finish the whole scan.

Progress Tracker Update
(Click the checkbox and click next to update the progress checklist)
My Avast is up to date and i ran (or am running) a full virus scan

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