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Why is it important to keep avast! 6.x updated?
Posted by Samuel Turi on 14 February 2012 10:17 AM

Why is it important to keep avast! 6.x updated?


Any antivirus program is only as good as its database of known virus definitions. This is what the program uses to identify threats to your computer, which is why it is important to ensure the virus definitions are regularly updated. By default, avast! 6.x is set to:
-Update the Engine and Virus Definitions (VPS) automatically whenever a new version is available.
-Ask you for the Program update when a new version is released (because it usually requires a restart of the computer).
 
The Engine is the part of the program that scans your computer for potential threats based on the Virus Definitions. The Program means what you can see, i.e. the user interface which is used to control what the program does. For each, you can configure whether you want to perform the updates automatically, or manually, or only on request following notification that an update is available. But even with automatic updates switched on you can update manually anytime you need.
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