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Offline jvidal

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Avast deletes the wrong file. this is unacceptable.
« on: July 15, 2021, 08:22:18 PM »
This is the second time this has happened. I opened a zip file that contained a few viruses (knowingly. I keep viruses for testing) and avast, instead of deleting the viruses, deleted the winzip executable!
What's next? avast is going to delete explorer.exe when I stumble upon a virus while using windows explorer to browse a folder???

This is completely wrong and should be fixed ASAP. Avast 21.5, win7 x64.

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Re: Avast deletes the wrong file. this is unacceptable.
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2021, 08:27:52 PM »
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I keep viruses for testing) and avast, instead of deleting the viruses, deleted the winzip executable!
And what Message does avast give when doing this?

Screenshots of messages is a big hjelp

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Re: Avast deletes the wrong file. this is unacceptable.
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 05:59:16 AM »
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I keep viruses for testing) and avast, instead of deleting the viruses, deleted the winzip executable!
And what Message does avast give when doing this?

Screenshots of messages is a big hjelp

no message. That's why I couldn't understand why I wasn't able to open ZIP files anymore. I found out that winzip64.exe had disappeared and had to retore it from the original installer.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2021, 06:01:26 AM by jvidal »

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Re: Avast deletes the wrong file. this is unacceptable.
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2021, 06:03:29 AM »
This is VERY simnilar to a few cases I suffered a couple of years ago, when avast started randomly deleting dozens of EXE files from my HD without even notifying me. Fortunately that does not had happened again (yet).