I use Avast Antivirus on all my computers and mobile phones. It is free and efficient in providing you with protection from malware and other potentially unwanted programs. Recently I updated the Avast Antivirus to the latest version and was pleased to see the improved user interface. After meddling with the settings of the Avast Antivirus, I made some changes that rendered Avast pretty much very ineffective. Fortunately, the Avast developers have already thought of situations like this and have given an option to reset the product back to its default settings easily.
Here is how you can reset Avast Antivirus 2015 back to the factory settings and make it work like it should:
- Double-click on the Avast Antivirus icon in the Windows notification area to open the main user interface. You can also launch Avast Antivirus from its other shortcuts e.g., shortcut on desktop or in the Start Menu.
- Click on the Settings button in the Avast Antivirus interface to open the Avast settings.
- On the settings screen, choose the Troubleshooting section from the left side. Then select Restore factory defaults and check all the available checkboxes and click on the Reset button.
- You may have to restart Windows for the operation to be completed. After this Avast Antivirus will work as if you have just reinstalled it on your system and all your customizations shall be lost.
Conclusion: You can restore the Avast Antivirus back to its factory settings in case you mess with its settings and it is not working as expected. It has a reset option in the settings for this purpose which takes only a few seconds to restore factory defaults.