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Component Overview

This Article Applies to:

  • Business Hub


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Mobile Protection has been removed from all Small Business Solutions subscriptions (Essential/Premium/Ultimate Business Security) due to low adoption. Therefore, the Hub will no longer offer any related management options. The mobile devices with the subscriptions activated are reverted to the free version.


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 straight from the Hub, choosing which ones to enable or disable and customizing their settings to fit your business needs.


  • 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
  • Network 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 (standalone app , Business Hub only ): Avast VPN service for Premium and Ultimate Business Security
  • USB Protection (Business Hub only): Controls access to devices with storage capabilities


Components by Operating System

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

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


There are some components that we do not recommend installing on a server. The following types of servers should only have the suggested components enabled, for optimal performance.

  • File Server: Normal setup
  • Application Server: Normal setup
  • DNS Server: File Shield and Ransomware Shield
  • Email Server: Exchange component, File Shield, and Ransomware Shield
  • Web Server: File Shield and Ransomware Shield
  • Terminal Server: File Shield and Ransomware Shield
  • Sharepoint: Sharepoint component, File Shield, and Ransomware Shield

For more information, see Recommended Components for Servers and Workstations.

Enabling and Disabling Components

Nearly all available shields and tools can be enabled or disabled in the policy. 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. In the policy you are configuring on the Hub, select the Service Settings tab
  2. Beside the components you want to alter, do one of the following:
    • To enable the component, click On
    • To disable the component, click Off

Installing and Uninstalling Components

Most Active Protection components are installed by default, but they can be uninstalled and reinstalled as needed via policies. Protection components for macOS cannot be installed or uninstalled but can be turned off.

  1. In the policy you are configuring on the Hub, select the Service Settings tab
  2. Beside the components you want to alter, do one of the following:
    • If the component is not yet installed, click On. Then click Install & Enable
    • If the component is already installed, click the trash can to uninstall. Then click Confirm

Configuring Components

You can access additional configuration options for each Active Protection component by clicking Customize beside the component slider.

Main Shields

Other Components