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$AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:00:41 AM »
So I guess I picked up a virus that Avast caught. I deleted the file, but now the Hard Drive this was on has created this folder called $AV_ASW

The file is gone.. How can I remove this file that avast has created?

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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2018, 06:06:15 AM »
You have no need to worry about that folder, it is a legitimate folder created by Avast Anti-virus and has appeared in my system from time to time!
That folder in your Local Disk is an Avast Antivirus folder. The vault.db are actually Quarantine files. To delete the Quarantine files, go to Avast and clean the Quarantine File.
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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2018, 06:48:04 AM »
Thats awesome news, but I dont want the folder on my drive.

Where can I find quarantine in the latest version of avast. I am not seeing it anywhere.

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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2018, 09:50:34 AM »
Thats awesome news, but I dont want the folder on my drive.

Where can I find quarantine in the latest version of avast. I am not seeing it anywhere.
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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2018, 07:46:47 PM »
Thank you for the reply. I am seeing exactly the same screen you displayed and mine says no nasty file here as well. I did DELETE a file a week back. So if the file was deleted, why do I still have that file on my hard drive that I cannot remove?

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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2018, 08:23:34 PM »
As has been mentioned this is a legitimate file/folder for avast, deletion would be replaced at some point later, be that restart of avast or reboot, etc.

It is in my C:/ drive (on this win10 laptop) and there is no way I would consider deleting it.
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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 04:10:52 PM »
So why would someone leave a permanent file on a system that it has been deleted from?

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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2018, 04:17:34 PM »
So why would someone leave a permanent file on a system that it has been deleted from?
Do you mean you uninstalled Avast..?
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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2018, 04:41:36 AM »
No, I am saying if the file has been cleaned or removed, why do I need an avast folder on my drive to remind me of it.

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Re: $AV_ASW - How do I get rid of this file off my drive.
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2018, 09:56:06 AM »
The fact that any file considered malicious by avast and removed by you has no bearing on the fact that this Avast Folder remains, it is part of the current avast structure.  So avast isn't replacing the infected file as such it is just replacing the structure.  My guess would be as part of its integrity checking.
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