Answers to your questions
Oct 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
Last week’s column about changing antivirus products produced a lot of great questions and comments from readers and customers. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Last week (http://rlis.com/columns/column427.htm) I explained why I will no longer recommend Microsoft Security Essentials to my customers. I said that I use the Avast! Free antivirus (http://www.avast.com/index), and have scheduled it for a full scan daily. This should be easier to do, but it isn’t. Here are the steps if you have installed the new version, Avast! Free 2014:
- Open Avast! Free
- On the left side, click on Scan
- In the Scan tab, make sure Full system scan is selected (Use the drop-down arrow)
- In the main part of that window, click on the blue link that says settings
- In the Scan Settings window, click on Scheduling on the left side menu
- In the Scheduling window, place a check in the box for Schedule this scan, and for the Schedule Type choose Daily (use the dropdown arrow)
- Enter the Launch time in Military Time
- Check the box next to each day of the week
- OK your way out
If you have Avast! Free 2013, do this:
- Open Avast
- Go to the Scan section
- Find the section for Full Scan (not Quick scan or Custom scan...)
- If the scan is running stop it.
- When the scan is not running, click on the blue "settings" link on the right side of the window
- In the Settings tab, click on "Scheduling" (last choice on left side)
- In Scheduling, make sure the choices are set for Daily and that Schedule this scan is checked
- Type in the time you want the scan to start (it's a 24 hour clock, so 8PM is 20:00, and so on)
- Click OK to save
- OK your way out
If you are running the 2013 version, you’ll be offered the 2014 version in the course of your normal update cycle. When you accept the new free version, it will remember the scan settings from your 2013 product.
Register Avast! Free Antivirus
Several people asked if they should register Avast! Free; others asked WHY they should register.
Yes, you should register because if you don’t, you’ll get just 30 days of Avast! Free protection. Click on the green button that says Register, use a valid email address, and when you receive the confirmation email to that address, click on the link in that email to confirm your registration. That’s all simple, yet important. You’ll be taken to a page where you can create a (free) account with Avast! Decline all offers of costly upgrades, products you don’t need, browsers you don’t need, email offers and everything else. Stay with the free stuff and keep it up to date.
Uninstall your old antivirus but leave your other security programs installed
It is unfortunate but true that we need more than one program to keep the crap out. You SHOULD NOT run more than one antivirus product. You SHOULD run an antivirus product and supplement it by running an antimalware program every so often. I believe that right now SuperAntiSpyware (http://superantispyware.com/) and Malwarebytes (http://malwarebytes.org) are the best. Pick one. I use Avast! Free antivirus and a paid version of Malwarebytes (http://bit.ly/mikeslink). The free version is fine for most, but for me the paid version has really paid off by blocking some bad sites.
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