Typically most of the antivirus vendors are recommending to run a full system scan regularly once a week. This may be quite complicated as the full scan usually takes around 30 minutes. Of course you can still work during the scan process, but the whole computer is usually running slowly.

However Avast has a solution called scan scheduling. You can schedule an automatic scan which will be performed daily, weekly or monthly.

Scheduling the automatic scan you can keep your computer clean without wasting your precious time. Scanning and cleaning is fully automatic, so you don’t even need to be at your PC during the process. You can setup which actions will be performed when the scan finds a virus.

Ready to schedule your first scan? Follow these 4 simple steps.

Quick Summary

  1. Open your Avast and go to Scan > Scan for viruses
  2. From the dropdown menu select Full system scan
  3. Click on Scan Settings at the bottom of the screen
  4. Go to Scheduling and tick Schedule this scan (we recommend Weekly)
  5. Confirm by clicking ‘OK’

Read more detailed steps and other options including screenshots below

1. Open Your Avast and go to Scan Overview

Open your Avast from the Windows tray or the program menu. Go to section ‘Scan‘ and select ‘Scan for viruses‘. From the drop-down list of scans select ‘Full system scan‘ and click on the ‘Scan Settings‘ link at the bottom of the screen.

Scheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan OverviewScheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan Overview

2. Schedule a Period and Time of the Automatic Scan

Once the scan settings are opened, navigate to last item called ‘Scheduling‘. Tick option ‘Schedule this scan‘ and select the period in ‘Schedule Type‘. You can chose from once, daily, weekly or monthly. We recommend selecting ‘Weekly‘.

Also we recommend selecting ‘Wake up the system to start the scan (if in sleep mode)‘ to make sure the scan will start even if your system is in the sleep mode. Launch time and day is really up to you, but please keep in mind your computer needs to be turned on so the scan can start.

Scheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan SchedulingScheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan Scheduling

3. Setup Automatic Actions During the Scan

Once your scan is scheduled move to section ‘Actions‘ to setup the automatic actions when the threat is found. First of all you need to select the option ‘Automatically apply actions during scan (check this box to select an action)‘.

Then select what type of action should be performed. We recommend following settings for viruses, PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and suspicious files

  1. Fix automatically
  2. Move to Chest
  3. Delete

Scheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan ActionsScheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan Actions

4. Check the Scan History (Log) for the Results

When the scheduled time passes you should check the scan log to see if some viruses were found. Open your Avast interface and go to ‘Scan‘ » ‘Scan for viruses‘ and click on ‘Scan history‘ in the bottom part of the window.

You should get the same window as shown below. Find the latest scan and make sure it is the one which ran automatically. In the scan details below you can see how long did the scan take, how many files/folders were scanned, amount of tested data and most importantly the number of infected files.

Scheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan HistoryScheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Scan History

To get more details about detected threats click on the blue button ‘Detailed report‘.  Following window should appear with the list of found threats and their severity.

Scheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Detailed Scan ResultsScheduling an Automatic Scan in Avast 2016 – Detailed Scan Results

Now you have setup a pretty good automatic scan which will keep your computer clean without bothering you. From time to time we only suggest to check the scan logs if everything is working as should.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2016 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.

Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).

Written by Paul B. | Team GetAvast.net

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

This article has 5 comments | Did we miss anything? Just let us know in the comments!

  1. Emily Reply

    I just got Avast and set it to do a full system scan daily at 11:30 PM (23:30) and I checked the box that says “Wake up the system to start the scan (if in sleep mode)”. However, the scans don’t seem to be happening, and instead happen sometime after I start using the computer in the morning. Is there any way that I can fix this problem?

  2. Gretchen Reply

    I accidentally scheduled 3 different automatic scans. How do I delete the other 2? Or will Avast just go with the last scheduled scan set up?

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