hi, The avast boot time scan is a very nice feature, and since there is no process running at that time, there is no chance for the viruses to escape. It is though trivial why you can not use Jaws during the boot time. By default when avast encounters a virus, it asks for the action to perform, and it displays the corresponding key strokes. As I remember you can press '1' to delete, '2' to delete all, and the a few other remaining ones I do not remember as I have always pressed 2 for the delete all. If you would like to use the other possible actions, then it is better that you ask for sighted assistance at least once. Furthermore, you can set the default action, while you are scheduling the boot time scan. You just have to check the 'advanced options' check box in the 'schedule boot time scan' window, and these things will be enabled to be configured. Cheers, Hamid PS: These instructions are for avast 4.7 pro. ----- Original Message ----- From: Robert Logue To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 3:43 AM Subject: Re: unexpected problem with Avast Ok everyone. I powered off and rebooted. Avast didn't complain but it hadn't run the boot-time scan. I'll try again tonight and hope it works. Avast is the only anti virus program I know now that has a direct disk access scan and can check for rootkits before the operating system starts. I wonder what it displays if it finds a problem. Does it automatically fix the issue and boot normally or does it require intervention? If so, what keystrokes are used? ----- Original Message ----- From: Yadiel Sotomayor To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2010 2:02 PM Subject: Re: unexpected problem with Avast When avast finishes, it will start. But it takes a long, long,long, long, long time. From: Robert Logue Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2010 10:55 AM To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: unexpected problem with Avast I'm trying Avast internet security full suite. I scheduled a boot scan, not thinking that it would slow up my system boot time. I also forgot to turn system sounds back on. So, the problem is, I have no idea what Avast is doing right now. And, I can't see if Windows is booted by pressing a key to make some kind of sound. I'm tempted to press the power button to reset but don't want to mess up the drive by interrupting file operations. It sure is taking a long time, over an hour. Thing is, I got impatient and tried to start Narrator with windows key u. Then I pressed enter a couple times, hoping to be in a dialog where I could just accept any defaults and it would continue to boot. Does anyone know how to navigate this Avast preboot scan UI? Bob BTW: I'm not sure I like the main interface. Tabbing from one screen to another only goes in one direction. I see no way to directly go to a desired tab. Some of the screens don't read well. Many graphics need labelling and Jaws won't auto label them.