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bzareckta

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Automatic Nightly Scan
« on: November 29, 2008, 01:19:01 AM »
Does anyone know how to set this up for my Avast! 4 home version?  Thanks in advance!

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Re: Automatic Nightly Scan
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 01:44:03 AM »
Short answer you can't as these automated options are only available in the Pro version. This is a limitation of the Home (free) version that it has interactive input requirement, there have to be differences in the Home/Pro version and this is one of them, the programmers have to eat ;D

Personally as a resident scanner there is lessor need to do an on-demand scan and certainly not nightly.

Like most things in life there is a work around.
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Check this work around out - HOWTO: Scheduled Automatic Scans avast! Home Version!

The major disadvantage with the task scheduler trick of using ashquick.exe is, it will scan every file of the hdd, partition, folder or file that you set it to scan; even those files not considered a potential threat, this can take a long time. It is possible to add certain folders to the exclusions list for say your media files, etc. Care should be taken with the paths you want to exclude as this could leave you vulnerable if that folder got infected as it wouldn't be scanned by the on-demand scanner as you have excluded it. However, should you access any infected file in a Folder in the Program Settings, Exclusions, the on-access scanner (Standard Shield) should detect it provided you haven't put the exclusions in there.

The Pro version gives a lot more flexibility and the scan would follow the settings and exclusions, etc. of the regular scan.

With the different levels of protection (Web Shield, Internet Mail, P2P and Instant Messaging) and the fall back of the Standard Shield, I find the need for daily scheduled scans lessened. I prefer to do a manual scan with my regular weekly maintenance tasks.
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The other problem is that if you do manage to set this up if avast detects a virus it will wait for user input on the action to take, so you could wake up to a virus alert waiting for your input. This interactive response is also a restriction of the home version which isn't in the Pro version. Unlike other free AV solutions avast has virtually no protection functions stripped out (gust the interactive input requirement), it has the same anti-virus, anti-spyware, web shield, network shield, email scanner, P2P shield, Instant Messenger Shield and  anti-rootkit, modules of the Pro version.
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Re: Automatic Nightly Scan
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2008, 12:22:03 AM »
Avast Home 4.8 has AV protection for the following:

1. Instant Messaging

2. Internet Mail

3. Network Shield

4. Outlook/Exchange e-mail

5. P2P Shield

6. Web Shield

7. Standard [AV] Shield

This is an excellent AV program for the money ;)

I came here to ask the same question about scheduling times. I likely will purchase Avast! very soon so the programmers can buy presents :)

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Re: Automatic Nightly Scan
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008, 12:46:47 AM »
Welcome to the forums jerryc.
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