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Component Overview

This Article Applies to:

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

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Mobile Protection has been removed from all Small Business Solutions subscriptions (Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security) due to low adoption. The mobile devices with the subscriptions activated are reverted to the free version. Small Office Protection subscriptions are not affected at this time.

 

There are many components that come along with the Avast Business products, both in the baseline Antivirus and the additional versions. You can easily manage these, choosing which ones to enable or disable and customizing their settings to fit your business needs. Small Office Protection comes with similar components to Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security but is only available as an unmanaged solution.

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
  • Wi-Fi Inspector: Checks connected Wi-Fi network for security issues, such as router and network vulnerabilities
  • Security Browser Extension: Improves online security and overall experience when browsing the Internet
  • Real Site: Protects against DNS (Domain Name System) hijacking
  • Firewall: Monitors network traffic to protect from unauthorized communication and intrusions
    • Leak Protection: Prevents sensitive data from leaking online
    • Port Scan Alerts: Warns if the device is being scanned for open ports
    • ARP Spoofing Alerts: Warns about attempted ARP spoofing attacks
  • 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
  • SecureLine VPN: Avast standalone 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: Silences notifications when any application is fullscreen
  • Software Updater: Helps keep commonly used third-party software up to date to eliminate potential security risks

 

Components by Subscription

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

All available Small Business Solutions components are included with each subscription type except for the VPN service, which does not come with the Essential Business Security tier.

 

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

 

Components by Operating System

Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security

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

All available Small Business Solutions components are included with each subscription type except for the VPN service, which does not come with the Essential Business Security tier.

Small Office Protection

Component Windows Workstations Windows Servers macOS 
File Shield
Web Shield
Mail Shield
Behavior Shield    
Ransomware Shield
Remote Access Shield  
Network Inspector  
Security Browser Extension    
Real Site  
Firewall    
Sandbox  
Webcam Shield    
Sensitive Data Shield    
Data Shredder  
Passwords*    
Password Protection    
Browser Cleanup    
Do Not Disturb Mode    
Software Updater    
Rescue Disk  
SecureLine VPN (standalone app)  

 

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

 

For more information on Avast Mobile Security for Small Office Protection 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. Protection components for macOS 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

Windows:

macOS:

Other Components

Windows:

macOS:

Firewall