Avast email alerting with Gmail

Since I'm the family IT person, I'm setting up everyone on Avast (unfortunately MSE is going away).

Avast has a handy 'hay IT guy, you have a virus' alerting system, but it's a teensy bit buggy.  Mostly silent timeout periods that make it look like nothing is working.  Here's how to get it working with Gmail.

Here's what you need:

  • E-mail (SMTP) address, username@gmail.com or whatever your Gmail account is
  • SMTP settings are...
  • Server: smtp.gmail.com
  • Port: 465
  • Security: SSL/TLS
  • From address: I used... firstname.avast@domain.com
  • Check 'requires auth'
  • Enter your gmail sign on stuff

The obvious flaw in this is if I ever change my gmail password, I have to make the rounds with family.  But that's ok.  I'm thankful that the feature even exists.

edit:  Oh, and the settings I changed:

  • Only using browser and file AV
  • Fully auto updating across the board
  • Silent mode across the board
  • Email alerting (under 'antivirus' settings)
  • Uncheck notify for updates (since it should do updates auto)

Comments

  1. Thanks for the help on this, here's what worked for me:

    E-mail (SMTP) address, username@gmail.com or whatever your Gmail account is
    SMTP settings are...
    Server: smtp.gmail.com
    Port: 465
    Security: SSL/TLS
    From address: I used... newaccount@gmail.com
    Check 'requires auth'
    Enter your gmail newaccount name and password

    newaccount was a new gmail account set up for the pc user/owner.

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