When a virus or other potentially dangerous file infects your computer system, a quality anti-virus program will flag it and quarantine it. This way, it is unable to connect with other files, receive information from the Internet or do anything else potentially dangerous to your computer system. If you use the Avast Antivirus Chest software, you’ll find this is what the program does. However, sometimes the software might wrongfully nab a file, or you might accidently tell it to quarantine a file. Whatever the reason, there might be times when you want to restore a file from Avast Virus Chest.
What Is Avast Virus Protection?
There are a number of anti-virus programs available to use on a Windows computer system. It is important to protect your computer and to do what you can to prevent malware from accessing your computer and moving past the system firewall. While Windows does come with Windows Defender although this is a marginal anti-virus program at best. Due to this, you might want to install a third-party program such as Avast Virus Chest.
Avast Virus Chest provides your computer with additional Internet security protection. It offers a firewall you can use instead of the Windows firewall. It also provides a number of scan features. Most of the time the software will identify potential malware and viruses before entering your system (basically stopping the files and turning them away at the front gate). However, some files may make it past the firewall and onto the computer. During routine scans of the hard drive the Avast Virus Chest might flag potentially dangerous files.
When a file is flagged during the scan, it is quarantined off from the rest of the system so there is no other access. You are not able to access the file through other programs on the software. You must go through Avast Virus Chest in order to either completely delete it from the system or to restore it. If you decide to restore a file while using Avast Virus Chest you will need to take extra care to make sure it isn’t a hazardous file that could cause problems with your hard drive and operating system.
Pros and Cons of Avast Virus Protection
Windows comes with an anti-virus program pre-installed called Windows Defender. In previous years this application wasn’t any good, and you had to rely on a third-party anti-virus application. It has improved in the last several renditions of the program although it still isn’t more than adequate. If you want a more powerful anti-virus program you’ll need to go with a third-party option such as Avast Antivirus Chest.
If you’re looking at adding a new anti-virus program to your computer, or if you already have Avast Virus Chest and want to know more about it, there are some major benefits associated with it, as well as some possible downsides.
The main benefit of the Avast software is that it is free. You don’t have to pay a cent for the software. This way, if you want something with stronger features than Windows Defender but don’t want to pay for it, you can go with the Avast application. The application is compatible with nearly all current operating systems out there, including Windows 7, 8, and 10 (including several varying updates of version 8).
It also works on Windows Vista and Windows XP if you’re running one of the older operating systems. Microsoft does not provide support for XP any longer, so you need to use a third-party application designed for XP, which makes Avast a great fit.
You are also able to use Avast on a Mac computer, although it needs to be running at least version OSX (which is now several versions old, so if you’ve purchased a Mac within the last ten years or so it shouldn’t be a problem).
Loads of Features
There are several excellent features packed into Avast. It not only has the quarantine features and anti-virus scans, but it also has a password manager, a Game Mode feature (to block out other applications from running in order to improve your game-play experience) and a behavior analysis which tries to notice if there is a difference in how your computer is being used and notifies you accordingly.
There are some negative, or at least less than desirable features associated with Avast. First, the password manager is less than stellar. If you have dozens of applications, services, and other sites you need to log onto you’ll find you don’t have as much protection and password authentication features as other options out there. Some anti-virus features built into Avast Virus Chest are great, but it doesn’t have the best anti-phishing features. This means a file is more likely to make its way through the firewall before being detected and corrected.
In reality, if you want the very best anti-virus software out there, you’re going to need to pay for it. Yes, it is possible to land a quality application without paying a cent, and there have been some exceptional advancements made in recent years, but for the most part you will be limited in what you can do with a free application. So if you are serious with your anti-virus security on your computer and want the very best, you will opt for a pay option. If you are fine with good, but not great, than you can go with one of the free versions, such as the Avast Antivirus Chest application.
If you are using the application though and you are in need of recovering and restoring the file, continue reading on to learn exactly what needs to be done.
How to Restore Files from Avast Virus Chest
If you realize you have quarantined a file within Avast Virus Chest, you need to follow these steps to restore it. The restoration process is straight forward although you need to know for sure the file doesn’t pose a threat. The last thing you want is to restore a file only to have it infect the rest of your computer.
The big reason it is tricky for some users to locate the quarantined files within Avast Antivirus Chest is because Avast from time to time incorrectly identifies safe files and blocks access from the original application. When this happens you need to both follow these instructions for restoring the files, and then you need to check for an application update. Avast has offered application updates to help and correct this problem so it isn’t as much of an issue as it used to be.
Locating the Quarantined Files
First, you need to locate the quarantined files. To do this, open Avast and choose the “Protection” tab on the side of the screen. This brings up a purple selection window. In the upper right corner of the purple selection area choose “Virus Chest.” This will display all the files currently quarantined.
Using and Accessing Avast Virus Chest
Within the Virus Chest you have a number of control options available. This includes Delete, Restore, Restore and add to exclusions, Extract, Scan, Submit to virus lab, Properties, Add, Refresh all files. As you are looking to restore files from Avast Virus Chest, you’ll want to use either the Restore or the Restore and add to exclusions option.
Click on the file you want to restore. Now, click the “Restore” option to remove it from the Virus Chest and to place it back in its original location. Keep an eye on this file though and watch the next time Avast Antivirus Chest performs a system scan. It is possible the application accidently flagged the file once and quarantined it. However, if the file is removed and quarantined a second time, it means Avast is seeing it as a threat to the system and you need to prevent this from happening again.
To prevent it from happening again choose the “Restore and add to exclusions” option. This will restore the file and it will add its name to a list of exclusions. Just make sure the file really is safe, because once you set it to a list of exclusions Avast is unable to remove it from the computer, even if it becomes infected with a virus.
When it comes to protecting your computer, it is important to do what you can to prevent external viruses, malware, and spyware from wreaking havoc on your system. In fact, you may not know anything bad is on your computer until you check your credit card statement and notice faulty purchases or new lines of credit have been opened under your name because someone stole your personal information. With the help of a program like Avast Virus Chest you can protect against this.
However, there is the occasional instance where a file you don’t want to be removed is quarantined within the anti-virus software. When this happens you need to know how to recover such a file back to its original location on your hard drive