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Avast Free Antivirus 2019 settings you need to change now

The latest available version is Avast Free Antivirus 2020, the same article is available as Avast Free Antivirus 2020 settings you need to change now.

Avast Free Antivirus is a great, must-have security tool for Microsoft Windows, but it has its quirks. Here’s a look at the most important Avast Free Antivirus settings you need to change now.

A quick video about recommended configuration for Avast Free Antivirus 2019

Here’s a short video about resetting (if necessary) and configuring Avast Free Antivirus. More details are included below.

Resetting Avast Free Antivirus 2019 to its defaults

First, if you’ve used Avast on the same computer for 3 years or more, or you experience problems with it, you might need to revert its settings to the defaults. This will make Avast better at automation (for example, the Fix Automatically action was not available several versions back) and solve upgrade-related problems.
Skip the following section if Avast works great.

Please note that resetting Avast does not remove password protection!

To reset Avast, open its main window/user interface first. Then open Menu from the top right and select Settings.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Menu, Settings

In the General tab, open the Troubleshooting tab from the left and hit the Reset to default button.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Troubleshooting. To revert settings, click ‘Reset to default’.

As expected, Avast will confirm this action and it will require a computer restart. After the reboot, continue with this tutorial.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Troubleshooting, Reset all of your settings
Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Troubleshooting, Please restart your PC

General settings you need to change in Avast Free Antivirus 2019: sounds, password protection, and privacy

To change Avast settings, open its user interface, click or tap Menu on the top right, and choose Settings.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Menu, Settings

The Settings window opens. In the General tab, open Notifications and clear the Enable Avast sounds checkbox.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Notifications. Clear the ‘Enable Avast sounds’ checkbox.

Move to the Password tab. This is the most important Avast Antivirus setting you need to change: password protection does not allow others (people or malware) to change program settings or to disable anti-virus and anti-malware modules without the correct passphrase. This vastly improves your device’s protection level.
Click or touch the Create password button to start.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Password. Click ‘Create password’.

Fill in both Password fields. Make sure you choose a good, unique password: do not reuse your Windows password, credit or debit card PIN or something else important.
Then click or tap Create password.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Password, Create password

Now the Password tab displays different options. Protect only Settings is the default one and works fine. You can also Change Password or Remove password when necessary.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Password, Protect only Settings

Here’s what the Avast Free Antivirus authorization prompt looks like:

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Authorization

If you do not want to share usage information with Avast and third parties, open the Personal Privacy tab. The data that Avast collects about your program usage and detected items should be anonymous, but one can clear both the Participate in the community and the Allow usage data to be shared with 3rd parties for analytics checkboxes.
Staying private also means not connecting your device with an Avast account.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, General, Personal Privacy

Protection settings you need to change in Avast Free Antivirus 2019

Open the Protection tab from the left, this opens the Virus Scans tab. Version 2019 of Avast has simplified settings a lot, and most protection settings are at their best by default.

In the first three tabs – Full Virus Scan, Targeted Scan, and Explorer Scan – scroll down and tick the Perform automatic actions checkbox. This will choose the recommended Fix automatically setting.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, Protection, Virus Scans. Enable the ‘Perform automatic actions during this scan’ for all tabs.

In the last tab, Boot-Time Scan set Scan areas to All Harddisks.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, Protection, Virus Scans, Boot-Time Scan. Select ‘All Harddisks’ in Scan areas.

Next, open the Core Shields tab from the left and then choose the Potentially unwanted programs tab.
Set this to Fix automatically.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Settings, Protection, Core Shields. Set ‘Potentially unwanted programs’ to ‘Fix automatically’.

And that’s it! Your Avast Free Antivirus is now smarter and keeps malicious software and files away even better than before.

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Please do note that the latest available version is Avast Free Antivirus 2020.