avast! 2015 Protection Tweaks

avast! Antivirus Free, being one of the most popular free antiviruses in the world, I’ve decided to make a tweaked configuration file for it. The file is official avast! configuration file backup, so no obfuscated self-extracting packages or 3rd party installers.

Protection tweaks designed for:

avast! Antivirus 2015 R4 (version 10.x)

Updated: 2015-09-29

My configuration includes:

  • All Active Protection Shields set to High heuristics
  • Removed avast! message from clean e-mails
  • All On-Demand scans tweaked to provide optimal system performance and scan speed
  • PUP detection enabled for Quick, Smart, Full and explorer right-click scan
  • Automatic program updates enabled
  • Status Monitoring now also checks program versions
  • Sounds disabled
  • Tray icon animation disabled
  • Re-configured 4 main panel buttons (Quick scan, Smart Scan, Full system scan, Virus Chest)
  • Disabled data sharing with 3rd parties (CommunityIQ is still enabled though!)

Main goal of my configuration:

Main goal of my customized avast! configuration is to provide the least intrusive experience with maximum protection, performance and privacy. It is as simple as that.

You’ll first need avast! installed:

Configuration file download:

How to apply:

Make sure avast! is installed properly (otherwise the configuration file won’t work!). Download the above ZIP file, unpack it and double click the contained file. System restart is recommended for all the changes to be applied properly. That’s it, no further user interaction is required.

2 thoughts on “avast! 2015 Protection Tweaks

  1. Due to a really bizarre issue with the HIPS configuration I’ve dropped the HIPS sensitivity down to Low level. Something changed between R3 and R4 builds of avast! and the sensitivity settings do not behave the same anymore, resulting in popups on benign stuff. I’m still waiting for response from avast! team but so far total radio silence.

    I suggest re-applying the updated configuration or changing the HIPS sensitivity to 1 bar setting manually.


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