Presentation on theme: "Free Software Alternatives: Avast! Anti-virus"— Presentation transcript:
1 Free Software Alternatives: Avast! Anti-virus Rowan County Public Library
2 What Is Avast?Avast is an antivirus program that is often used as a free alternative to other paid antivirus software such as Norton and McAfee.Avast offers several packages. The most basic one, which is free, offers antivirus protection but not malware protection or other more advanced features.If you are simply looking for an antivirus, this will work fine. Avast is one of the most widely used antivirus programs.
3 What Is Antivirus?Antivirus is software specifically designed to protect your PC from malicious software. It is most commonly used to detect and block “viruses” or malicious software which can be picked up while online.
4 Why Do I Need Antivirus Software? Antivirus detects, blocks, and removes malicious software which can be picked up while online or via infected hardwareAntivirus blocks viruses which can be detrimental to the health of your PCBrowsing the internet or using your PC day to day without antivirus software leaves you open to viruses and attacks by malicious websites and programs. This can cause severe, crippling damage to your PC
5 Downloading Avast Open your browser Navigate to avast.com Choose your deviceClick Go To DownloadYou will notice several versions of AvastClick Free Download
6 Downloading Avast, Cont. You will be brought to a download pageClick Download NowIf you are in Firefox click Save File, hit Run in Internet Explorer, in Chrome your download will begin automatically
7 Downloading Avast, Cont. In Firefox, click on the arrow in your toolbar and then click on the fileIn Chrome click on the file at the bottom of the pageIf you clicked Run in Explorer then your setup will begin automatically
8 Installing AvastYou may be asked if you would like Avast to be able to make changes to your PC, click YESA window will open for the installtionClick Regular InstallationRead the End User Agreement and click Continue
9 Installing Avast, Cont. Avast will begin installing You will notice a progress bar that will begin to fillWhen it is full you will receive a message that your install is completeClick Done, a new window will open and a security scan will begin
10 Using AvastYou will notice a box in the bottom right corner of your screen. This is the security scan which is underway. Just sit back and let it do it’s thingAnother window will open, this is Avast. You will be asked to complete a tutorial. Click Begin Tutorial. Choose Block or Do Not Block. If you are unsure as to what programs are harmful, choose BlockKeep clicking Continue. At the end of the tutorial you will be asked to install an app. You can always do this later. Click Finish This Tutorial
11 Using Avast, Cont.Now that Avast is installed, it will do almost all of the work for youAvast will automatically protect you from viruses and other malicious softwareIf you would like to scan the drives on your PC, which you should do monthly, click Smart Scan in Avast. You can also hover over Scan on the left and choose from 4 individual scans. Smart Scan covers all 4, however, and Avast regularly scans for threats on it’s own
12 Registering For AvastIn order to use Avast for free, you must register your software and create an accountClick Register at the top of the window, and then click Select under Standard Protection
13 Registering For Avast, Cont. Enter you First Name, Last Name, and AddressClick Register With AddressIf you would like a free trial of Avast Pro you may select the trialOtherwise, click Stay With Basic Protection
14 Email Confirmation Remember to check your email Avast will send you a confirmationClick on the link in the to confirm your registrationYou must do this to complete your registration
15 Wrapping UpAnd that’s it! You now are protected from viruses with AvastClick X to exit out of AvastAvast will automatically protect you from malicious software and virusesYou will ocassionally get a pop-up from Avast, letting you know when it updates itself or removes or blocks a threat
16 Questions?If you have any questions or require further assistance, feel free to ask. Thank you for visiting Rowan County Public Library.