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Quick Start: Unmanaged Small Business Solutions and Small Office Protection

This Article Applies to:

  • Avast Small Business Solutions
  • Avast Small Office Protection


Avast's Small Office Protection differs from Small Business Solutions in that it:

  • has a subscription limit of 10, as it is meant for small businesses with limited devices
  • cannot be installed on server operating systems
  • can be installed on Android/iOS devices
  • is only available as an unmanaged solution (whereas Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security can be managed via Avast Business Management Consoles as well)
  • has a slightly different set of components

For more information on the different components available for Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security versus Small Office Protection, see Component Overview.

Verifying System Requirements

Before installing Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security or Small Office Protection on your device(s), make sure all Local Client System Requirements are met.


Verifying Firewall Requirements

For overall functionality, and to enable the Antivirus client to authenticate/update, you must allow certain ports and URL addresses through your Firewall or Proxy Server. For more detail, refer to the Firewall Requirements article.


To download and execute the Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security or Small Office Protection installer as well as configure your preferred setup, follow the installation process for your operating system as detailed in:

*Avast Business Antivirus for Linux is a separately purchased unmanaged solution that is not part of the usual product lines.

Installing for Isolated Networks

In some instances, you may need to perform the installation on devices in an isolated/offline network. To ensure your devices are configured properly, see Setting Up Antivirus in Isolated Networks.

Activating and Managing Subscriptions

After you have installed Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security or Small Office Protection, you will need to activate the subscription you purchased by following the steps described in Managing Subscriptions. This article will also provide information on how to check the subscription's expiration date or the number of available/used seats, as well as how to free up subscription seats if needed.

For Linux-related licensing and activation information, see Licensing Antivirus for Linux.

Configuring Settings and Components

There are many components and settings that come along with Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security and Small Office Protection, and you can customize most of them to fit your particular business needs.

Configuring Components

From the client UI, you can enable/disable or install/uninstall the available Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security/Small Office Protection components, as well as access additional configuration options for each Active Protection component. To see which components are included in each subscription type and how to configure and manage them, refer to the Component Overview article.

Note that a business environment's needs differ from those of consumers. Therefore, certain components are not recommended for use in such a network even though they are available in Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security or Small Office Protection. To see which components you should avoid, go to Recommended Components for Servers and Workstations.

Configuring Exceptions

The settings available in the client UI also offer the option of excluding specified files, folders, or websites from being scanned by Antivirus (usually done to speed up scans and prevent false-positive detections). To add and configure antivirus exclusions (also called exceptions), see the instructions for your operating system described in:

Configuring Updates

From the client UI, you can set your device(s) to manually or automatically update the Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security/Small Office Protection program and virus definitions. For more information, refer to Configuring Update Settings.

For Linux-related information, see Updating Antivirus for Linux.

Setting Up Antivirus Scans

Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security/Small Office Protection offers several kinds of scans, and they are all customizable. For instance, you can specify the types of files and programs that are scanned, adjust scan sensitivity and area, or enable automatic actions during scans. To see which scan types are available and how to configure and run them, go to Scanning Devices and Configuring Virus Scans.

For macOS-related information, refer to Configuring Virus Scans.

For Linux-related information, refer to the Configuring Scans section on the Linux Knowledge Base page.



There are many more features and options available in Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security and Small Office Protection. For more information, please see the rest of our Knowledge Base.