Avast Antivirus - New Features

This article introduces new features in Avast Antivirus. For information about more Avast features, refer to 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, refer to 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, refer to 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 MenuSettingsComponents. For more information about Ransomware Shield, refer to the following article:

Do Not Disturb Mode

Do Not Disturb Mode is a new feature in Avast Antivirus, and an upgrade to the previous Game Mode feature. Do Not Disturb Mode works to silence unnecessary notifications while you run almost any application in fullscreen. Each time you open an application in fullscreen, Do Not Disturb Mode automatically detects it and adds it to a list of applications. When you run applications from this list of entries, Do Not Disturb Mode automatically launches to silence notifications from Windows, Avast Antivirus, and other applications. In the Do Not Disturb Mode applications list, you can also tick the Maximize performance box next to any application, which will allow it to run at highest priority and boost the performance of your PC.

To access Do Not Disturb Mode, open the Avast user interface and go to PerformanceDo Not Disturb Mode.

  • Avast Ultimate 18.x
  • Avast Premier 18.x
  • Avast Internet Security 18.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 18.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 18.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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