Process Scan Results from Avast Antivirus

After managing a scan, details about the detections and choices to resolve them come in the outcomes.

Smart Scan

Smart Scan displays details of each issue and gives you the option to fix detected issues immediately by clicking Resolve, or later by clicking Skip.

Antivirus scans

If Avast Anti-virus scans identify any issues, you are able to select what action you would like Avast to do using the drop-lower menu. The following actions are available:

  • Auto: attempts to repair the file. If unsuccessful, moves the file to the Virus Chest or deletes the file if neither action is successful.
  • Delete: permanently removes the file from your PC.
  • Repair: removes malicious code if the file is only partially infected. This action is not possible if the entire code is malware.
  • Chest: sends the file to the Virus Chest where the file cannot harm your system (recommended).
  • Nothing: makes no changes to the contents or location of the file (not recommended).

If you do not want Avast to perform any actions now, click Back to exit the screen. You can manage unresolved scan detections at any time in Protection » Antivirus » Scan History.

Special cases

For incomplete scans, a mistake message indicating the main reason the scan was not able to accomplish is seen within the Status column. Although there are various reasons a scan might be not able to accomplish, probably the most common reasons are:

  • Archive file is password protected: signifies the file is password protected. Some programs use password protected archives to keep their data even though you didn’t set the password. Based on your scan settings, just the “wrapper” file is scanned as the archive submissions are not.
  • Archive file is corrupted: signifies the file might be corrupt since it was just partly downloaded or saved for your harddisk, or that it’s a special kind of archive.
  • The process cannot access the file because of another process: indicates that another process or program was accessing the file during the scan.
  • The file is a decompression bomb: signifies the file was too big to become decompressed for adware and spyware analysis. Decompression of huge files generates huge amounts of data which could cause the body to become unstable or make it crash.


Files that are stored in archives cannot harm your system unless they are decompressed.

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