How Do I Access Avast Quarantine?

How Do I Access Avast Quarantine?

Computers play a major role in people's lives. Users rely on PCs to work, learn, and entertain themselves. The information generated by those activities plays a crucial part in a person's life and it has become a virtual property. On the other hand, there are malicious people who benefit from infecting the computers and getting access to digital data. They either hijack the files in the computer or just destroy the files for fun.

Avast's Virus Chest or Quarantine is an isolated location where you can have those malicious files saved. The files that are stored cannot be accessed and the malicious codes that are carried cannot infect your computer at any cost.

Quarantine is a place in Avast antivirus that will store all the potentially harmful files and isolates them from the rest of the programs in the operating system. The programs and files that are quarantined cannot be run by external applications, processes, or viruses.

ACCESS QUARANTINE

If you wish to access the Quarantine area in Avast, there are two methods to do it.

METHOD 1:

  • Step 1 : Open the Avast antivirus on your computer.
  • Step 2 : Once the antivirus opens, click the Protection tab.
  • Step 3 : Select Virus Chest.

METHOD 2:

  • Step 1 : In the notification area of your computer, locate the Avast antivirus icon.
  • Step 2 : Perform a right-click on the Avast icon and select Virus Chest.

You have accessed the Quarantine area in Avast.

MOVE FILES TO QUARANTINE

When Avast comes to a breaking point of not being able to fix the virus-affected files, those files will automatically be moved to the quarantine area. However, there is a manual way to transfer files to Quarantine.

  • Step 1 : Open the Avast antivirus on your computer.
  • Step 2 : Click Protection -> Virus Chest.
  • Step 3 : Click the ADD FILE… button.
  • Step 4 : When the file explorer opens, navigate through the folders.
  • Step 5 : Select the file you wish to move to quarantine.
  • Step 6 : Once the selection is made, click Done.

RESTORE FILES FROM QUARANTINE

Proceed with caution if you wish to have the virus-infected files out in the open on your computer. Restoring a file from quarantine poses a high-security risk to your computer.

Ensure that you have Avast antivirus open on your Windows computer.

  • Step 1 : Click the Protection tab.
  • Step 2 : Select the Virus Chest option.
  • Step 3 : You will see a list of virus-affected files present in quarantine.
  • Step 4 : Click the checkbox for the file you wish to restore.
  • Step 5 : Now, click the three-dotted (More Options) icon next to the DELETE ALL button.
  • Step 6 : When a drop-down list opens, click the Restore option.
  • Step 7 : Once the restoration is complete, you can click the CLOSE button.

SUBMIT FILES TO AVAST THREAT LABS

If you wish to be more secure about the malicious and virus-infected files, you can send them to Avast Threat Labs for further analysis. There are potentially malware-infected files and then there are files that give a false positive to stay in quarantine. If you wish to submit the files to Avast Threat Labs, here are the steps.

  • Step 1 : Open the Avast antivirus on your computer.
  • Step 2 : Click Protection -> Virus Chest.
  • Step 3 : Click the checkbox for the file you wish to submit.
  • Step 4 : Select the More Options button.
  • Step 5 : Click Send for analysis.
  • Step 6 : Select either Potential malware or False positive.
  • Step 7 : Click the Send button.
  • Step 8 : Once the analysis is a success, click the CLOSE button.

DELETE FILES FROM QUARANTINE

If you wish to delete the files from quarantine, the steps are easy. But make a note; you cannot restore the files once the action is complete.

  • Step 1 : Click Protection -> Virus Chest.
  • Step 2 : Click the checkbox for the file you wish to delete.
  • Step 3 : Click the DELETE ALL button located at the bottom of the Avast antivirus window.

MANAGE FILES FROM QUARANTINE

You need to know that the maximum size you can avail in quarantine is 5120 MB (5GB approx). If you wish to manage files from quarantine, here's how you do it!

Open Avast on your computer.

  • Step 1 : Click the Protection tab.
  • Step 2 : Select Virus Chest.
  • Step 3 : Select the Settings icon.
  • Step 4 : When the text box opens, you can maximize the size of your quarantine section.
  • Step 5 : A new space will be allocated.