PC Tools Internet Security - Settings

Settings

How do I configure General Settings?

Step 1.       Select the Settings tab in the top navigation panel and click the General button on the left navigation panel.

Step 2.       Configure the settings from the list presented-

                     Run Scan on Windows startup- selecting this option will display a drop-down menu that will allow you to choose the type of scan to be run on Windows start-up: Intelli-Scan, Full Scan, or Custom Scan.

                     Smart Update Action- lets you select the actions for Smart Update.

                     Notify me about available updates: PC Tools Internet Security will check if updates are available and prompt you to download them.

                     Download and install updates (notify me): PC Tools Internet Security will check for and download any available updates and notify you once the update is completed.

                     Download and install updates (silently): PC Tools Internet Security will check for and download any available updates with no notification to you.

                    Proxy Settings - A proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application) that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client connects to the proxy server requesting some service such as a file, connection, web page, or other resource available from a different server. The proxy server evaluates the request according to its filtering rules.

                     Use Direct Connection: if you are not using a proxy server to connect to the internet, select this option for direct internet connection.

                     Use Proxy Server: if you are using a proxy server to connect to the Internet, the server address and port can be entered here. Proxy authentication is also supported as you can assign a user name and password to apply proxy settings to your computer.

                     Import Settings from Internet Explorer: if you are using proxy settings, clicking the Import settings from internet Explorer link will import your proxy server and port information details to the proxy settings fields in the pop-up box.

                     Program Language: allows you to select the language to be used in the product.

                     IntelliGuard to detect Potentially Unwanted Products: when selected, IntelliGuard will detect Potentially Unwanted Products. Potentially Unwanted Products are known to possess some characteristics of malware but are not known to pose a risk to your system. Default: Disabled.

                     Scan to detect Potentially Unwanted Products: when selected, PC Tools Internet Security will search for Potentially Unwanted Products in scans. Default: Enabled.

                     IntelliGuard tools to display popup alert windows: when selected, PC Tools Internet Security will display IntelliGuard pop-up notifications. Default: Enabled.

                     Enable Quiet Mode: when Checked, PC Tools Internet Security will stop non-critical alerts and notifications from being displayed. Default: Enabled.

                     Password Protection: password protection allows you to configure a password to protect different areas of the application. Default: Disabled.

a.      Select the checkbox beside Password Protection.

b.      In the pop-up window, enter your password and confirm it. You may also enter a hint to remind you if you forget the password.

c.      Select the area/s to protect from the list. Click Apply.

 

How do I configure Advanced Settings?

Step 1.      Select the Settings tab in the top navigation panel and then click the Advanced button in the left navigation panel.

Step 2.       A list of Advanced Settings is presented-

  • Enable Power Saving Mode Detection: when selected, PC Tools Internet Security will detect remaining power in your laptop battery and delay scheduled tasks if you are running your laptop on battery. Default: Disabled.

  • Enable Behavior Guard Compatibility Mode: enable to ensure compatibility with Behavior Guard to adapt with other security applications monitoring at the browser level to prevent conflicts. Default: Disabled.

  • Enable Background Scans on System Idle: enable to allow background scans to run when your system is idle. Default: Enabled.

  • Detect Master Boot Record threats: when selected, PC Tools Internet Security detects Master Boot Record threats. Default: Enabled.

  • Enable Game Mode: when selected, PC Tools Internet Security skips all scheduled scans, updates and backup tasks, disables all alerts and pop-ups and sets real-time protection to a lower level.  Default: Disabled.

  • AntiVirus database size: select a database size from the drop down list to balance speed and performance v/s detection or rarer threats.

  • Enable Full-Screen Detection: when selected, PC Tools Internet Security automatically detects when application is in full screen mode and disables pop-ups and delays scheduled tasks. These tasks will resume once you exit full screen mode. Default: Enabled.

  • Override Firewall Settings in Full-Screen or Game Mode: selecting this will override the full screen settings for Firewall.

a.      Secure : selecting this will block requests whilst in full screen mode.

b.      Flexible : selecting this will allow requests whilst in full screen mode.

c.      Notify on Full-Screen Detection: selecting this will display a pop-up before you enter full screen mode notifying you of your current settings for the full screen mode.

Step 3.       Click Apply.

How do I configure Performance Settings?

There are three available performance modes under settings. These act as quick, helpful presets that take the guess-work out of your configuration changes. You can simply adjust the settings using the slider bar to provide you with the appropriate level of protection and performance you desire.

Step 1.       Select the Settings tab in the top navigation panel and then click the Performance button in the left navigation panel.

Step 2.      A slider bar is presented with the following options-

                      Performance - this setting minimizes the number of system resources being used by PC Tools Internet Security to provide you with the optimal level of protection whilst having the least impact on your day-to-day activities.

                      Balanced - this setting is the recommended setting for most users and provides the best balance between a high level of protection and low performance impact. 

                     Protection- this setting provides the maximum protection available to detect and prevent malware at every entry point.  Note: this setting uses more system resources than in the “Balanced” or “Performance” modes.

The Balanced setting is usually the default setting and if you are uncertain of the level of protection you need, then you should leave this setting unchanged.

info.png Note that using the settings slider bar does not prevent you from changing individual settings later on if you feel that you need to further customize your settings.  You are always able to return to the settings slider bar and reset your settings.

How do I configure History settings?

Step 1.      Select the Settings tab in the top navigation panel and click the History button.

The History screen provides details on the communications that have been intercepted by Firewall and the AntiSpam Toolbar along with all the activities based on the logging options in the application settings and the profile rules. The Activity History window is displayed by default as you click the History button.

Step 2.      Click the Save to file button to save the activity history log on your computer or click the Clear History button to clean the activity history.

Step 3.      Click the AntiSpam History button under History to view your computer's AntiSpam log. Select a row  to view details of that particular AntiSpam activity below, or click the Remove All button to clear AntiSpam history.

Step 4     Click the Firewall History button under History to view your computer's firewall's log.

Step 5     Select a row and double-click to view details of that particular firewall activity or click the Remove All button to clear Firewell's history.

What is Cloud Scanning?

Our Cloud Scanning feature compares files on your computer against our database in the cloud. This database has information on millions of files and is continually being updated. Using this feature, we are able to thwart the latest, breaking threats before they start to spread.

Step 1.      Select the Settings tab in the top navigation panel.

Step 2.      Click Scan Settings and select or deselect Enable Cloud Scanning to activate or deactivate cloud scanning.

How do I configure Scan Settings?

Step 1.      Select the Settings tab on the top navigation menu.

Step 2.      Click the Scan Settings button to access the screen. A list of options is presented.

        Play sounds: selecting this option causes PC Tools Internet Security to play a sound if infections are found at the end of a scan. Default: Enabled.

        Scan Alternative Data Streams: select this option if you want PC Tools Internet Security to scan for alternative data streams. Default: Enabled. Alternate Data Streams (ADS) provides hackers with a method of hiding root kits or hacker tools on a breached system and allows them to be executed without being detected by the systems administrator.

        Scan for hidden files: select this if you want PC Tools Internet Security to scan and remove hidden files associated with complex threats. Such threats are otherwise difficult to remove by conventional means since they may be hidden to the operating system. Default: Enabled.

        Lower scan priority to reduce CPU usage: selecting this option may increase scan time but will ease CPU usage when other applications are running at the same time. This may be useful for running background scans. Default: Enabled.

        Enable Cloud Scanning: select this option to enable PC Tools Internet Security to scan files in the cloud.

        Show disclaimer when repairing: when this check box is selected, a disclaimer is shown each time you remove or quarantine malware infections. Default: Disabled.

        Quarantine infections before removal: when you select this option, selected items on the Scan Results screen are placed into the Quarantine List upon clicking the Fix Selected button. Default: Enabled.

        Create Restore Point before removal: when you select this option, before items are removed, a Windows Restore Point is created. Default: Disabled.

        Scan Archives: when you select this, archived files are included in scans for the presence of embedded viruses and related malware. A wide variety of archive formats are supported, including the commonly used formats: zip, cab, tar, rar, ace, and many others.  Default: None.

        File Exclusions: click this link to choose file types to exclude from scans.

Step 3.      Click Apply to save your changes.

What is Secure Community and how do I configure its settings?

Secure Community is a community of PC Tools Internet Security users who have chosen to report potential malware to PC Tools. Participation enables us to discover threats more rapidly and provide better protection.

Participation is optional and settings can be configured by clicking on Settings in the top navigation menu and clicking Secure Community.

Toggle between ON and OFF to enable or disable your participation.

Select what PC Tools Internet Security should do if a suspicious file is detected by choosing one of these actions:

                    Prompt me

                    Automatically submit

                    Do nothing

How do I configure Scheduled Tasks?

Step 1.      Select the Settings tab in the top navigation panel.

Step 2.      Click  the Scheduled Tasks button in the left navigation panel.

Step 3.      Click the Add button to add a scanning task.

Step 4.     Click the Next button on the Schedule Wizard to view the options to be added to the wizard.

Select from the following options and click the Next button.

                     Intelli-Scan of this computer

                     Full scan of this computer

                     Custom Scan of this computer

                     Search for Updates

                     Search and Download Updates

Step 5.       Select the frequency for performing the selected task. Click Next.

Step 6.       Select the time and days you want the selected task to run on your computer. Click Next.

Your scheduled task will be displayed on the next screen.

Step 7.      Click the Finish button to add the displayed task to the scheduler.

How do I configure items to the Global Action List?

The Global Action List allows you to configure global rules for files, websites, and cookies. Actions include Allow and Block.

Adding an item to the list:
 

Step 1.      Select the Settings tab in the top navigation menu and click Global Action List in the left panel.

Step 2.      Click the Add button at the bottom of the page. This will display the Add New Rule pop-up screen.


                     Select Data Type: select File or Website address/cookie from the drop-down list.

                     Select File/Website to apply action to: if you chose file as your data type, browse for the file and select it here. If you chose website as your data type, simply type in the website url here.

Step 3.      When this item is selected, do the following:

                     Select one of these actions from the drop-down list: Always Allow / Always Block.

                     Click Add to add the item and to return to the Global Action List.

                     To remove an item from the Global Action List, select it from the list and click Remove.

                     Changing the action on an item from the list: to change the action properties of an item, select the item and right-click. Select Change Action to and choose the new action.

 

How do I view and restore Quarantined Items?

Once infections are quarantined, they can no longer affect your system. However, PC Tools Internet Security provides the option to restore these quarantined infections back onto your system.

info.png Note: For safety reasons and to conserve storage space, it is recommended that quarantined infections are eventually removed from the Quarantine List.  Please note that you cannot restore infections which have been permanently removed.

Select the Settings tab in the top navigation menu and click the Quarantine button in the left navigation panel. This will display the list of quarantined items.

        Double-click on an item to view its details.

        Select an item and simply click the Restore button to restore the item.

        Select an item and click the Remove button to delete the item permanently.