Turning on Avast Firewall: A Complete Guide
Avast firewall is a software program that acts as an additional security measure on your computer. It works by checking the data you send and receive from different applications and then blocking anything suspicious to keep it away from your machine.
It is one of the most popular antivirus software programs on the market, but it’s not just for security. One of its lesser-known features is that you can use Avast as a firewall to protect your computer from hackers and other cyber threats. In this guide, we’ll show you how to turn on your Avast Firewall so that you stay safe online!
How To Turn On Avast Firewall On Windows 10
To start using Avast as your Firewall, you’ll need to download and install the software program on your computer. Here’s a step by step mini-guide,
- Open your browser and navigate to avast.com
- Click Get Started under Free Antivirus for Windows
- Look over the information page then click Download Now in the bottom right corner of the screen
- Once downloaded, open up File Explorer from inside your Start Menu or by pressing Windows Key + E on your keyboard at once
- Navigate to where you saved the installation file (by default it will be in Downloads) and double click it to begin installing Avast onto your machine
How Do I Turn On My Firewall Settings?
There are three ways to turn on your firewall,
- Turning On Firewall From Avast
Click the Firewall button in Avast’s main window and select Turn On. Alternatively, you can press Windows Key + S at once to open up the search bar. Type “avast” into the dialogue box which appears then click on Avast from inside of it. This will take you straight to where you need to be.
- Turning On Firewall From Settings
In Settings, go under General –> Network Protection –> Firewall . Here is where you’ll find all of your options for turning Avast’s features on or off. If this section doesn’t appear right away, make sure that the switch next to Automatic Updates has been switched over towards the On position so that these settings are available for use.
- Turning On Firewall By Individual Selection
Under Manage Exceptions, you can allow different apps, connections, and websites to go through the firewall so that you don’t have to block them. For example, if you’re using a secure bank website then Avast should let it pass without any trouble.
Why Should I Use Avast Firewall?
Avast’s Firewall protects your computer from attacks and other threats by implementing advanced security features. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider it for use alongside your antivirus software,
- Blocks viruses, worms, trojans and spyware
- Prevents hackers from stealing information like passwords or credit card numbers Stops ransomware from encrypting important files on your machine
- Helps monitor suspicious activity happening inside the firewall to keep out any threats that could potentially harm you
Avast: Features And Settings
Avast’s firewall features can be accessed via the settings menu. Here are some of the highlights:
- General – where you’ll find on/off Avast Firewall, manage exceptions, and other general security options
- Network Protection – allows you to set up a secure internet connection by blocking dangerous websites and connections that could put your computer at risk
- Web Shield – scans all incoming data from browsing sessions for threats like viruses or phishing attempts
- Mail Shield – protects mail sent between different email clients with an encrypted connection so hackers cannot access your messages in transit
- Behavioral Analysis mode (BA) – this option helps safeguard against new and unknown malware which may not have been detected yet due to its unique behavior patterns
- Shields game mode – this feature detects when your PC is being used to play games. It automatically turns off unnecessary programs and network-related services that may affect the performance of the game
How To Uninstall Avast From Your Computer?
To uninstall Avast from your computer you’ll need to go into the Control Panel and remove it as you would any other program. Follow the following steps,
- Click Windows Key + R at once on your keyboard.
- Type in “control”, click OK.
This will open up a dialogue box where all of your control panel options are listed out for use.
- Scroll down until you find Program and Features, double-click on this option to bring up a list of installed programs that can be removed or changed.
- Look through the list for anything with an avast written next to it, select them one by one then press the Uninstall/Change button underneath them.
The same process applies if you’re using Windows XP (for older operating systems, the location of this button is listed as Add/Remove Programs ).
Once you’ve finished uninstalling Avast, reboot your computer to complete the process.
A lot of cybercriminals hack into computers by sneaking their malicious code through open ports, insecure connections to the internet, and other vulnerabilities that allow unauthorized access. Avast’s built-in security features stop this from happening on your machine so you can safely go about browsing online without worry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I keep my antivirus software updated?
- Keeping your virus definition files up to date is essential to ensure that it’s always protecting you from the latest threats. To update Avast, go back into Settings and select Automatic Updates > On. If this option isn’t available then make sure Enable self-defense has been enabled as well.
Q. What if a website asks me to turn off an antivirus program like Avast before entering?
- If a site consistently tells you that your security settings are too high or causing issues with their service – and they ask you specifically to disable them – then there may be something wrong going on behind the scenes so it’s not recommended that you continue using their services until this issue can be resolved.
Q. What are the differences between Avast and AVG?
- Both antivirus applications offer a wide range of useful features, including the ability to install as an independent security program or alongside your existing one, automatic updates via the cloud to ensure you’re always protected from new threats, free virus definition updates, a security toolbar that can be installed to provide extra protection when browsing the web and more.
- Avast respects your privacy rights and takes measures designed for this purpose: to prevent any unauthorized access or loss of personal information under our control as well as from third parties with whom we share such data.
Q. How do I set up an Avast Antivirus license on my computer?
- To get started setting up your antivirus license, go into Settings > Subscription, type in your activation code followed by Activate. After you hit enter/click OK, ensure the box next to it says Active before exiting.