Avast Antivirus - New Features

This article introduces new features in Avast Antivirus. For information about more Avast features, read the following article:

Refer to the following sections for information about new Avast features.

Webcam Shield

Webcam Shield, available in the latest version of Avast Premier, prevents applications and malware from accessing your PC's webcam without your consent. With Webcam Shield enabled, untrusted applications cannot capture images or videos and send the content outside of your PC to compromise your privacy.

Webcam Shield is enabled by default. To access this feature, open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacyWebcam Shield. For more information about Webcam Shield, read the following article:

Sensitive Data Shield

Sensitive Data Shield, available in the latest versions of Avast Premier and Avast Internet Security, scans and protects your personal sensitive documents against unauthorized access and malware. The files considered as sensitive contain your personal information which, if revealed, can compromise your privacy and identity. Sensitive Data Shield controls which applications and users have access to your files to secure your private data.

Sensitive Data Shield is enabled by default. To access this feature, open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacySensitive Data Shield. For more information about Sensitive Data Shield, read the following article:

Ransomware Shield

Ransomware Shield, available in the latest version of Avast Premier and Avast Internet Security, secures your personal photos, documents, and other files from being modified, deleted, or encrypted by ransomware attacks. This feature scans for and automatically secures folders which may contain personal data and allows you to specify which other folders you want to protect from untrusted applications. Additionally, you can specify which applications are allowed to modify the files in your folders and which applications are always blocked.

Ransomware Shield is enabled by default. To access this feature, open the Avast user interface and go to SettingsComponents. For more information about Ransomware Shield, read the following article:

Behavior Shield

Behavior Shield is an additional layer of active protection in Avast Antivirus. It monitors all processes on your PC in real-time for suspicious behavior that may indicate the presence of malicious code. Behavior Shield works by detecting and blocking suspicious files based on their similarity to other known threats, even if the files are not yet added to the virus definitions database.

Behavior Shield is enabled by default. To access this feature, open the Avast user interface and go to SettingsComponentsBehavior ShieldCustomize. For information about Behavior Shield settings, read the following article:

Passive Mode

Passive Mode disables all active protection, such as Shields and Firewall, so that you can use more than one antivirus program at a time without interfering with the performance of your PC or the reliability of antivirus detections. In Passive Mode, Avast receives all virus definition and program updates which allow you to manually run scans to check for issues on your PC, however Avast does not actively protect you.

Passive Mode is disabled by default. To access this feature, open the Avast user interface and go to SettingsGeneralTroubleshootingCustomizePassive Mode. For information on how to use Passive Mode, read the following article:

Game Mode

Game Mode improves the performance of your PC while you game by adjusting system settings and disabling unnecessary apps from running in the background. Each time you run a game, Game Mode automatically detects it and adds it to a list of game entries. When you run games from this list of entries, Game Mode automatically launches.

To access Game Mode, open the Avast user interface and go to PerformanceGame Mode.

  • Avast Ultimate 17.x
  • Avast Premier 17.x
  • Avast Internet Security 17.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 17.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 17.x
  • 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, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition - Service Pack 3, 32-bit

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