Avast AV Free vs Virus Handling

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by TomAZ, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. TomAZ

    TomAZ Registered Member

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    I am currently using Avast Free AV and wondering. . . when Avast detects a virus (and/or other forms of malware) a popup appears identifying the threat along with some user options.

    Which is the best option to choose:
    1) Fix Automatically (Default)
    2) Move To Chest
    3) Delete

    Not really sure just what happens when you select 'Fix Automatically' -- that's why I'm asking.

    BTW. . . I use an local email client (not web-based email) and have been getting quite a few email threats lately (particularly Locky). Fortunately, the Avast Email component has been catching them and blocking them.
     
  2. lordraiden

    lordraiden Registered Member

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    https://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB178

    To view available options, check the box Automatically apply actions during scan. Click the tabs to choose actions from the drop-down menu for each type of threat.
    • Fix automatically - Run a sequence of actions (repair file; if not possible, then move to Virus Chest; if not possible, then delete).
    • Move to Chest - Send the threat to the Virus Chest where it cannot harm your system.
    • Repair - Remove only malicious code attached to an otherwise safe file; this is not possible for files which are entirely malware.
    • Ask - Avast asks what you want to do with each detected threat.
    • Delete - Permanently remove the file from your computer.
    • No action - No action is taken during the scan; the threat is listed in your scan results and you can decide what to do later.
     
  3. TomAZ

    TomAZ Registered Member

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    Thanks for the clarification. Where is the Virus Chest located and how do I access it?
     
  4. 59er

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    Right click on the Avast icon to access
     
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