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Running a Boot-Time Scan in AVG AntiVirus

Boot-time Scan is an advanced feature which scans for known types of malware and removes threats before the operating system and other services boot up. It does not run automatically or on a regular basis — if you suspect that your PC contains malware, you can manually schedule the scan to run the next time your computer starts.

If malware prevents AVG from running in normal mode, you can schedule Boot-Time Scan to run in Safe Mode. For instructions, refer to the following article: Running a Boot-Time Scan in AVG AntiVirus from Windows in Safe Mode.

Manage threat responses

Before scheduling and running a Boot-time Scan, you need to specify automatic actions for how Boot-time Scan handles detected threats. If you disable automatic actions, you are prompted during the Boot-time Scan to manually select an action for each detected threat.

To specify how Boot-time Scan responds to detected threats:

  1. Open AVG Antivirus, then click Options (three dots) next to Run Smart Scan.
  2. Hover the cursor over Boot-time Scan and click Settings (the gear icon).
  3. Select the Boot-time Scan tab.
  4. Scroll down to Perform automatic actions during this scan. Tick this option to enable automatic actions. If you untick this option, AVG asks you what to do each time a threat is detected during the Boot-time Scan.
  5. If you enabled automatic actions in the previous step, select your preferred automatic action:
    • Fix automatically (recommended): AVG Antivirus attempts to repair the file. If unsuccessful, it moves the file to the Quarantine or deletes the file if neither action is successful.
    • Move to Quarantine: AVG Antivirus sends the file to Quarantine, where it cannot harm your system.
    • Delete: AVG Antivirus permanently removes the file from your PC.

When you run Boot-time Scan, AVG Antivirus scans your system for threats according to your preferences.

Use caution when configuring Boot-time Scan to take automatic actions. In the event that a critical system file is incorrectly identified as malware due to a false positive issue, Boot-time Scan may delete the file if an automatic action is set up. AVG Antivirus includes measures to prevent such issues, but false positives may occur.

Run Boot-time Scan

After specifying how Boot-time Scan will respond to detected threats, follow the instructions below to schedule it:

  1. Open AVG Antivirus, then click Options (three dots) next to Run Smart Scan.
  2. Click Boot-time Scan.
  3. Click Install definitions, then click Run on next PC reboot to run the scan during the next system restart.
    When you click Install definitions on the Boot-time Scan screen, AVG downloads all virus definitions from a cloud database. If you skip installing specialized definitions, Boot-time Scan scans your PC based only on the latest virus definitions that are already downloaded. If Install definitions is not displayed on the Boot-time Scan screen, your virus definitions are up to date.
  4. Restart your PC. When the system restarts, a Boot-time Scan progress screen appears. The scan usually takes several minutes, but the duration varies depending on the speed of your system and the number of files to be scanned. To skip the scan, press the Esc key on your keyboard.
  5. For any detected threat, AVG Antivirus applies the action specified in your application settings. If you disabled automatic actions and threats are detected, select your preferred action from the list of options.

When the scan is complete, Windows continues booting up.

Adjust scan settings

To further customize the settings for Boot-time Scan:

  1. Open AVG Antivirus, then click Options (three dots) next to Run Smart Scan.
  2. Hover the cursor over Boot-time Scan and click Settings (the gear icon).
  3. Select the Boot-time Scan tab.
  4. Define the following settings for your next Boot-time Scan:
    • Sensitivity: Use the slider to indicate your preferred level of heuristic sensitivity. Heuristics enable AVG to detect unknown malware by analyzing code for commands that may indicate malicious intent.
    • Notify me about potentially unwanted programs: Ensure this box is ticked if you want Boot-time Scan to look for programs that are stealthily downloaded with other programs and typically perform unwanted activity.
    • Scan for Tools: Choose to detect or ignore "Tools" like coin miners, game cheats, and key generators.
    • Unpack archive files: Ensure this box is ticked if you want AVG to unpack compressed files during the scan.
    • Parts of your PC to scan: Select All hard disks or System drive to specify which data space you want the scan to analyze.
    • Auto start programs: Allows AVG to scan programs that automatically start when you turn on your computer.
    • Perform automatic actions during this scan: Configure automatic actions for any threats detected by Boot-time Scan.

Further recommendations

For more information about scans in AVG AntiVirus, refer to the following article:

  • AVG Internet Security 22.x for Windows
  • AVG AntiVirus FREE 22.x for Windows
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1 with Convenient Rollup Update, 32 / 64-bit

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