Avast Mac Security 2015: Using the Virus Chest

Using the Virus Chest in Avast Mac Security 2015

The Avast Virus Chest is a safe place for storing potentially harmful files, completely isolated from the rest of the operating system. Files inside the Virus Chest are not accessible for any outside process, software application, or virus.

Files cannot be run while stored in the Virus Chest. If you double-click a file there only the file properties are displayed. This prevents infected files from being run accidentally and potentially causing damage to your computer.

Instructions for working with files in the Virus Chest can be found in the following sections:

Accessing the Virus Chest

To open the Virus Chest in Avast Mac Security 2015:

  1. Click the Avast Menu bar icon on the top-right of the screen and select Open Avast to open the Avast user interface, ...alternatively, open Finder, go to Applications, and double-click the Avast icon.
  2. From the main menu, select Virus Chest and the Virus Chest window appears.

Moving files to the Virus Chest

If Avast 2015 finds a suspicious file during a scan, it will appear in the scan report. From there you can send the file to the Virus Chest by clicking Chest in the bottom of the Reports screen.

When the file or files have been moved, the Status appears as Moved to Chest.

Restoring files from the Virus Chest

If you need to restore a file from the Virus Chest back to its original location, select the desired file (or multiple files) in the contents table on the Virus Chest screen, ...and select Restore at the bottom of the screen.

But please keep in mind, that restoring files from the Virus Chest, especially infected files, is only intended for critical situations (e.g. if a system or other important file has been moved there). Due to the high security risk this action requires advanced skills and experience of handling infected files to avoid further potential infection of your computer.

Submitting files from the Virus Chest to Avast Virus Lab

Any suspicious file, or file incorrectly identified as a threat, can be submitted directly from your Virus Chest to the Avast Virus Lab for further analysis. To submit a file for virus analysis:

  1. Right-click on the desired file (or selected multiple files) in the contents table on the Virus Chest screen and select the option Submit to virus lab... from the context menu.
  2. The application form appears. Select the sample type (either Potential malware or a False positive) and enter as much additional information as possible. If you are submitting a False positive please specify the Program name, Program publisher, Program version number, and reason why you believe the file or program should not have been detected.
  3. A confirmation appears and the file is submitted for analysis.
    You will not get a response from us unless more information is required.

Deleting files from the Virus Chest

Any file contained in the Virus Chest can be permanently deleted. This action is very simple:

  1. select the desired file (or multiple files) in the contents table on the Virus Chest screen, ...and select Restore at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Click Yes to confirm.
  • Avast Pro Mac Security 2015
  • Avast Free Mac Security 2015
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard, Intel based)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)

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