Welcome to avast! antivirus 6.0

Thank you for installing avast! antivirus 6.0, one of the best antivirus programs in its category. We hope that you will be satisfied with avast! and that you will enjoy using the program.

avast! is a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important or private data.

Based on the award-winning avast! antivirus engine, avast! antivirus 6.0 contains all of the features you would expect in a modern antivirus program. It incorporates anti-spyware technology certified by West Coast Labs’ Checkmark process, as well as anti-rootkit and strong self-protection capabilities, but now provides even faster scanning with improved detection ability. It contains several real-time “Shields” which continuously monitor your email and internet connections and check the files on your computer whenever they are opened or closed.

avast! antivirus 6.0 includes an AutoSandbox so that suspicious applications can be run automatically in a safe, secure environment without the risk of any damage being caused to your system. It also includes the optional avast! WebRep feature, which provides you with information about the content and security of websites that you visit based on ratings provided by the avast! user community.

avast! Pro antivirus 6.0 offers a number of additional features, including the avast! SafeZone, which allows you to manage your sensitive transactions in a private, secure area, invisible to the rest of your system. avast! Internet Security 6.0 also comes with an antispam filter and built-in firewall.

Once installed, avast! runs silently in the background to protect your computer against all known forms of malware. You don’t need to do anything else – just install and forget!

These help files have been created to help you understand how the program works as a whole, as well as describing the properties and functions of its component parts. We assume the user has knowledge of basic terms and the basic skills needed to use the Windows operating system. If you are not familiar with terms such as “folder”, “file”, or “window”, or what it means to “activate a window” or “click a button”, we recommend that you consult the appropriate user manual before proceeding.