by   May 04 2010   
How to Setup AVG Anti-Virus Advanced Settings. Many computer users think when they download and install Anti-Virus software it comes configured to guard against virus attacks and when scanning you will find any and all viruses. This is completely the Wrong Way to Think.

How to Setup AVG Anti-Virus Advanced Settings.

This post covers only the Advanced Settings Scans setup.

In fact many that download Videos, Movies, Music, MP3, WMA files are more subject to viruses then a person that doesn't download anything.

The DMCA protection on Movies and Music should be adhered to at all times.

You should not download illegal copies of Movies, Music or Software.

With that said let's look at why your AVG may not be finding Trojans in your Music and Video downloads.

AVG Advanced Settings

Most installations of AVG will by default scan only what they call Infectable Files Only.

This at times seems not to include your Limewire music downloads or your video downloads.
Even if you select the Scan Media Files you might not get the scan results you need.

Updated: 6-5-2012 AVG 2012 Advanced Settings.

How to Setup AVG to Scan All Files.

Note: I've updated this to be a line by line setup process. This is how I configure all systems that I have installed AVG on. The only area that you need to adjust to suit your needs is the System Tray Notifications. I leave them all enabled but for some of you that Tracking Cookie alert might be more annoying than you would like. On the other hand, it does offer you information to what websites you visit are still using persistent tracking cookies. You might think about it.

  1. Open the AVG User Interface by right clicking on the icon in the task bar tray or by going to the program from your programs menu.
  2. Click on Tools.
  3. Select Advanced settings.

We always work "Left to Right" and "Top to Bottom" when configuring software and applications. Starting from the Folders Menu or Items Menu in this case.

These settings are how I have my workstation and customers setup their systems. You might like to do your own version of the same but I've had years of successful virus prevention with the way I have setup AVG.


  1. Language Selection using the drop down menu.
  2. System Tray Notifications
    1. Display system tray notifications (Checked)
    2. Display tray notification about update (Checked)
    3. Display Resident Shield related tray notifications (Checked)
    4. Display tray notification about scanning (Checked)
    5. Display Firewall related tray notifications (Checked if using Security 2012)
      1. Display notifications about profile changes (Checked)
      2. Display notifications about new application rule created. (Checked and Important)
    6. Display statistical notification (checked but optional)
    7. Display tray notifications about AVG Accelerator (checked optional)
    8. Display AVG Advisor performance notifications (checked optional)
    9. Game Mode Enabled (Checked optional)

Sounds: Totally your option, be creative with custom sounds so your attention is focused on the alert.

Temporarily disable AVG protection: (Default is unchecked) if you have to disable your AVG during an install of any software be sure you trust the software vendor completely before doing this. I've had to do this only once for troubleshooting an issue that wasn't related to the AVG in the end. It will automatically enable itself later.


Resident Shield

  1. Enable Resident Shield (Checked very important)
  2. Ask me before removing threats. (Checked, helps when Chrome is detected as a threat)
  3. Scan for Tracking Cookies (Checked, this is different from normal browser cookies. Tracking means Tracking.)
  4. Report Potentially Unwanted Programs and Spyware threats. (Checked, this will often alert you when you have spyware or malware that downloaded via a website from within your temp folders.)
  5. Report enhanced set of Potentially Unwanted Programs. (Checked)
  6. Scan files on close (Checked but optional, is use this to make sure my macros are not changed.)
  7. Scan boot sector of removable media. (Checked, boot sector viruses may not infect your computer from a USB device while your computer is running but it's good to know if you needed to boot from your USB device the boot sector has been scanned.)
  8. Use Heuristics, (Checked, the AV industry finally has this actually working well.)
  9. Scan files referred in registry (Checked)
  10. Enable thorough scanning. (Checked but it's up to you, I surf websites that I trust about 1% of the time and often not limiting a scan has saved my system.)
  11. Enable Instant Messaging and P2P downloads protection. (Checked)

Cache Server

  1. Caching enabled (Checked)
    1. Enable adding new files into cache (Checked)

E-Mail Protection

  1. E-mail scanning
    1. Check incoming e-mail (Checked)
    2. Check outgoing e-mail (Checked, I have an Major IT department story that would have saved allot of time if this was enabled. The IT person sent out a companywide email attachment virus alert using the actual email forwarded which?? You guessed it, it also included the actual virus.)
    3. Modify subject of virus infected messages. (Checked)
  2. Scanning properties
    1. Use Heuristics (Checked)
    2. Report Potentially Unwanted Programs and Spyware threats (Checked)
    3. Report enhanced set of Potentially Unwanted Programs (Checked)
    4. Scan inside archives (Checked, Zip Viruses very common)
    5. Enable thorough scanning (Checked)
  3. E-Mail attachments reporting (If you use webmail this doesn't affect you. But, you should configure it just in case you start using a email desktop client application.)
    1. Report password protected archives (optional)
    2. Report password protected documents (optional)
    3. Report files containing macro (Checked)
    4. Report hidden extensions (Checked)
    5. Move reported attachments to Virus Vault (Checked)
  4. Anti-Spam (Same as e-mail attachments note)
    1. All optional and needs some special configurations in parts. If spam is a major issue with your email server you might look to setup something on your email server instead. Settings (Optional)

LinkScanner (Very important in today's www world.)

    1. LinkScanner Settings
      1. Enable Search-Shield (Checked)
      2. Enable Surf-Shield (Checked)
      3. Add "Secured by LinkScanner" (Optional, but nice if you are learning how to avoid bad malware sites. Or if you are looking for them. Works both ways.)
    2. Online Shield
      1. Enable Online Shield (Checked)
      2. Enable AVG Accelerator (Checked, optional)
      3. Threat notification mode: Standard pop-up dialog (Checked)
      4. Expert Settings: (Optional and depends on your web based applications.)
        1. Check archives (JAR, ZIP, etc)
        2. Report Potentially Unwanted Programs and Spyware (Checked)
        3. Report enhanced set of Potentially Unwanted programs and spyware. (Checked)
        4. Use heuristic analysis (Checked)
        5. Enable thorough Scanning (Checked)
        6. Max part size of file to be scanned 200Kb (I've increased this to 1MB for a time to cover a few script issues. It depends on your computer and your needs. Try it at 1Mb.

 Scans, Scans, Scans (Very Important!)

 Note: I have ever option checked in the scan section. You may like to select specific file extensions but I do want to offer a word of advice. If you only scan "Infectable files" you are going to be missing some very nicely crafted MP3 virus infected files and a few others. It's best to select all in the "SCANS" category.

Schedules (Very Important especially Laptop and Tablet owners)

  1. Enable the task, Set your Scheduled tasks, times and settings (time, day, etc.)
  2. How to scan: (Checked including all file types.)
  3. What to scan: Whole Computer Scan Checked

A technical word about schedules. If your Laptop scan logs do not show you have completed a scan please use the Power Options and Task Scheduler to set a time that your full system will run a scan and complete the same scan. Many viruses are not detected on download and could take months before they are discovered. If you never complete a full system or computer scan you will never know if your system was infected months ago from a undiscovered or unreported virus. The best viruses are not always detected.

Definitions Update, Program Update, all should take place on time schedules that you know your computer will be online. The more you update the better. Free versions may only offer one update per 24 hour period. I've found a 8AM update or a 3PM update schedule works well for most computer users.

Update: Proxy, dial-up, URL, managed this is for those that need to configure connections and how the updates are handled. By default this section is set for most computer users. If you need help just ask.

Anti-Rootkit (Default Full rootkit scan)

  1. Scan applications
  2. Scan DLL libraries
  3. Scan Drivers

You may find your system reporting rootkits and then adding a label that it's a system file. This is sometimes hard to understand and I'll not go into each detail because many times after system updates you might notice key Windows files as being suspected rootkits. Please research before you act on any of these warnings.

Identity Protection Settings:

  1. Activate Identity Protection (Checked)
  2. Automatically quarantine detected threats. (Checked)
  3. Prompt to save your work before removal (Checked)
  4. Show progress of threat removal (Checked)
  5. Show final threat removal details (Checked)

I have not had the identity protection alert me on anything but then again I have not tested it based on its design. I'll put a test together and see just what makes it tick if AVG doesn't have a sample online.

Adding Exceptions isn't totally unusual so don't worry if you have to add an exception for an old Serial to USB driver and DLL.

Be sure to check your virus vault and submit your questions to AVG's forums when you have them. Don't wait. Your Virus vault will tell a good story and sometimes what you see may offer you a clue to what is could be still undetected.

Ignore error Status (ALL UNCHECKED)

If you have any type of error with AVG software you need to really find out why you are seeing the error. I have seen many errors over the years and each of them have been resolved with the help of AVG and some good old fashioned troubleshooting. Don't allow your Virus Vault Error to force you to move to different AV software. That Exception Error is mostly due to the vault needed to be configured for its first storage. You might need to update or reinstall the app but it will work.

 Hope this long post helps. When you take a few (10 to 20) minutes to setup your software it's set until the next major update. Be sure to check your settings when you have your application updated. In the past AVG would default your advanced setting when upgrading full versions.

How to Setup AVG Anti-Virus Advanced Settings. Many computer users think when they download and install Anti-Virus software it comes configured to guard against virus attacks and when scanning you will find any and all viruses. This is completely the Wrong Way to Think.