The excellent, free antivirus program, Avast requires annual registration and the software will begin to prompt you when your licence is due for renewal.
Some people are a bit wary to re-register as the prompts often suggest that you upgrade to the paid version, but you don’t have to pay anything if you don’t wish to.
I’ve put together this little tutorial to guide you through the simple process and make life a bit easier. (Please be aware, this article was updated in September 2014 and shows images from a Windows 7 system – different versions of Windows may require a slightly different approach and the images may not exactly tally with what’s on your screen)
Let me know how you get on.
Firstly, at the bottom right of your screen, Avast installs an icon, an orange and blue spinning ball with the letter ‘a’ on it. This icon may be in the hidden icons box which is accessed as shown.
Clicking the orange Avast icon should open the following dialogue box displaying all the tool’s options and the amount of time remaining on your registration. Click the Register link as indicated here:
A box similar to below will open. Now click the grey “Select” button as shown here:
The registration form will appear. Complete it and click the green button.
A new window will open that should look something like this:
Simply click the X in the top right hand corner to exit. You will now be covered by Avast for another 365 days.
If everything works then it should only take a few minutes, but if you get stuck then just drop me a line.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The procedure above only works when you still have time remaining on your registration. If your free version has expired you’ll probably find that the only way to remain as a free user of Avast is to fully un-install the programme, download it again (link below) and re-install.
If you haven’t downloaded Avast yet, you can do so by following this link: http://www.avast.com/get/sxLrci0N