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Component Overview

This Article Applies to:

  • Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security
  • Small Office Protection

 

There are many components that come along with Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security, both in the baseline Antivirus and in the additional versions. Small Office Protection comes with similar components to Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security, and is only available for unmanaged devices.

Components

  • File Shield: Scans programs and files, preventing detected malware from infecting the device
  • Web Shield: Scans transferred data when browsing online, preventing malware from being downloaded and run
  • Mail Shield: Scans for threats in incoming and outgoing email messages.
  • Behavior Shield: Monitors processes to detect and block suspicious files based on their similarity to other known threats
  • Ransomware Shield: Walls off folders from ransomware attacks
  • Remote Access Shield: Blocks unwanted remote connections
  • Network Inspector: Checks connected Wi-Fi network for security issues, such as router and network vulnerabilities
  • Real Site: Protects against DNS hijacking
  • Firewall: Monitors network traffic to protect from unauthorized communication and intrusions
  • Sandbox: Allows running applications in virtual, isolated environment
  • Exchange: Protects Microsoft Exchange Server against threats without interfering with its performance
  • SharePoint: Protects Microsoft SharePoint Server against threats without interfering with its performance
  • Webcam Shield: Prevents unauthorized applications from accessing webcam
  • Data Shredder: Irreversibly erases data
  • Passwords: Stores passwords and syncs them across devices
  • Password Protection: Secures browser-stored passwords against theft
  • Browser Cleanup: Scans for poorly rated browser add-ons
  • Rescue Disk: Scans the device outside of Windows
  • VPN (standalone app): Avast VPN service for Premium and Ultimate Business Security

Small Office Protection-Only Components

  • Sensitive Data Shield: Protects documents with personal information against unauthorized access and malware
  • Do Not Disturb Mode: silence notifications when any application is fullscreen

 

Antivirus Components by Subscription

Component Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security Small Office Protection
File Shield X X
Web Shield X X
Mail Shield X X
Behavior Shield X X
Ransomware Shield X X
Remote Access Shield X X
Network Inspector X X
Real Site X X
Firewall X X
Sandbox X X
Exchange X  
SharePoint X  
Webcam Shield X X
Sensitive Data Shield   X
Data Shredder X X
Passwords X X
Password Protection X X
Browser Cleanup X X
Do Not Disturb Mode   X
Rescue Disk X X
VPN (standalone app) X X

 

Mobile Component Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security Small Office Protection
File Scanner X X
Photo Vault X X
Identity Protection X X
App Lock X X
Anti-Theft X X
Network Inspector X X
Hack Alerts X X
Scam Protection X X
Boost RAM X X
Clean Junk X X
Speed Test X X
Wi-Fi Protection X X
App Insights X X
Web Shield/Web Protection X X
VPN (standalone app) X X

 

Components by Operating System (Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security)

Component Windows Workstations Windows Servers MacOS X
File Shield X X X
Web Shield X X X
Mail Shield X X X
Behavior Shield X    
Ransomware Shield X X X
Remote Access Shield X X  
Network Inspector X  
Real Site X    
Firewall X    
Sandbox X X  
Exchange   X  
SharePoint   X  
Webcam Shield X    
Data Shredder X X  
Passwords X    
Password Protection X    
Browser Cleanup X    
Rescue Disk X X  
VPN (standalone app) X X  

 

Mobile Component Android iOS
File Scanner X  
Photo Vault X X
Hack Alerts/Identity Protection X X
App Lock X  
Anti-Theft X  
Network Inspector X  
Scam Protection X  
Boost RAM X  
Clean Junk X  
Speed Test X  
Wi-Fi Protection   X
App Insights X  
Web Shield/Web Protection X X
VPN (standalone app) X X

 

Components by Operating System (Small Office Protection)

Component Windows Workstations Windows Servers MacOS X
File Shield X X
Web Shield X X
Mail Shield X X
Behavior Shield X    
Ransomware Shield X X
Remote Access Shield X  
Network Inspector X   X
Real Site X    
Firewall X    
Sandbox X  
Exchange    
SharePoint    
Webcam Shield X    
Sensitive Data Shield X    
Data Shredder X  
Passwords X    
Password Protection X    
Browser Cleanup X    
Do Not Disturb Mode X    
Rescue Disk X  
VPN (standalone app) X  

 

Mobile Component Android iOS
File Scanner X  
Photo Vault X X
Hack Alerts/Identity Protection X X
App Lock X  
Anti-Theft X  
Network Inspector X  
Scam Protection X  
Boost RAM X  
Clean Junk X  
Speed Test X  
Wi-Fi Protection   X
App Insights X  
Web Shield/Web Protection X X
VPN (standalone app) X X

 

All components are available for each subscription type except for VPN, which comes as a standalone app with Premium and Ultimate Business Security tiers only.

For more info on Avast Mobile Security and its components, see Mobile Protection.

 

Enabling and Disabling Components

Many of the shields and tools available in Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security and Small Office Protection can be enabled or disabled on the device. This is especially useful if you are trying to install only a few of the components on a server, or just keeping your number of tools to a minimum. Some tools, however, can only be installed or uninstalled entirely, such as Sandbox and Rescue Disk.

  1. Open the Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security or Small Office Protection client UI
  2. Click on the proper tab for the component you are trying to enable or disable:
    • Protection: File Shield, Web Shield, Mail Shield, Behavior Shield, Sandbox, Network Inspector, Real Site, Firewall
    • Privacy: Passwords, Data Shredder, Webcam Shield
    • Performance: Software Updater
  3. Click on the button for the component
  4. Beside the component you want to alter, do one of the following:
    • To enable the component, move the slider to On
    • To disable the component, move the slider to Off
  5. If required, confirm your choice

Installing and Uninstalling Components

Most Active Protection features are installed with Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security and Small Office Protection, but these components can be uninstalled and reinstalled as needed via the Troubleshooting menu. MacOS X protection components cannot be installed or uninstalled but can be turned off.

  1. Open the Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security or Small Office Protection client UI
  2. Navigate to Menu ▸ Settings ▸ General ▸ Troubleshooting
  3. Click Add/Modify Components
  4. Beside the components you want to alter, do one of the following:
    • If the component is not yet installed, check the box beside it
    • If the component is already installed, uncheck the box beside it
  5. Click Change to confirm once you are finished making your edits

Configuring Components

You can access additional configuration options for each Active Protection component either on the component page in the UI or in the Settings section.

Main Shields

Other Components

Firewall