How to retrieve files from Avast's Chest

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How to retrieve files from Avast's Chest
Avast! keeps suspected files in a quarantined location called the Virus Chest. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Avast! antivirus program protects your computer from viruses and malware. When the program detects a possibly harmful file, it places it in a secure location called the Virus Chest. A file in the Chest can't be executed. In some cases, a false positive may occur, meaning that Avast! places a safe file in the Chest. Removing such a file is relatively simple.

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  1. 1

    Open Avast! by right-clicking on its icon in your system tray. A menu will appear; select "Open avast! user interface."

  2. 2

    Click on "Maintenance" in the left-hand menu of the main Avast! window. In Avast! version 8, this menu will be across the top of the window. When the submenu appears, click on "Virus Chest."

  3. 3

    Right-click on the file you want to move from the Chest. A menu will appear. If the file is from your computer and you want to move it back to its original location, select "Restore." If you want to move it to another location, select "Extract."

  4. 4

    Choose the location you want the file to go to if you have chosen "Extract." Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • Only remove files from the Virus Chest if you are certain that they pose no threat to your system. Removing an infected file can have very serious consequences.

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