How to Install Avast 9 In Windows 8
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Recent Avast versions include a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles that are of little use to most people and only serve to slow your computer down. They also include pop-up ads trying to upsell you on other products. Versions prior to version 9 were preferable, but unfortunately they no longer work on Windows 7 or 8. Avast 9 also includes upsell ads ads, but they may be less intrusive than more recent versions. This tutorial shows how to install version 9 to be as unintrusive as possible.

When you start the installation, confirm that you do wish to install the old version.



First make sure you deselect the checkboxes at the bottom so you don't get unwanted junkware!

Then click the [Custom installation] button.



Click [Continue].



In the middle column, deselect everything.

Select "Rescue Disk" if you wish to burn a bootable CD to scan your system when Windows won't boot.

"Browser protection" and "Browser Cleanup" will scan/remove browser extensions and plugins Avast deems sketchy, but if you need to rely on special business websites that might use these, you're better off not selecting those options here to avoid breaking critical websites.

Then click [Continue].



Click [Continue].



Click [Continue].



Let the program install itself.



Click [Done].



Avast will automatically start. Click "Skip this tutorial" to get to the main screen.

You can also cancel the automatic scan that starts in the system tray (in the lower right corner of the screen). However, if you have reason to suspect malware may already be in your system you may want to let the scan continue.



In the left panel of the main screen, click "Settings".



In the left panel of the Settings screen, click "Update".

Under "Virus Definitions", click "Settings", and make sure "Automatic update" is selected.

Under "Program", click "Settings", and make sure "Manual update" is selected.

Click [OK] to save changes.



Click "Registration" in the left panel, then the large [Register now] button in the right pane.



To register the free version of Avast, select "Standard protection".



Enter an email address, and click the green [Register] button.

(Note: the program doesn't seem to care if the email address is valid or not.)



Click the [No, thanks] button to skip the trial for-cost version and stick with the free version.



The registration status should now show your license is good for a year.


You may also wish to change the following optional settings:



author: Dan Goodell
last revised: 07/17/2017