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Offline jasantes

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How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« on: June 16, 2023, 04:08:18 AM »
Hello everyone, I don't want to delete this folder in C:\ and in D:\ I just want to hide it. Before it was hidden, but not now...
First I emptied the vault. Then I tried to change the attributes but it's not possible.
Thanks for your help!

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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2023, 10:08:09 AM »
Why would you want to do this  ?

Whilst you don't say why you can't do this, I guess it is because it would be protected by the Avast Self Defence module.
This folder is where encrypted and renamed detections are held so no one can pry into it from the outside (at its sub folder $Vault and vault.db).
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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2023, 03:46:08 PM »
I understand that this folder must be hidden, as it was before and I don't know why it changed.
The system does not allow changing the H attribute in the Properties or on the Command line.

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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2023, 07:34:54 PM »
I can't recall this folder having previously been hidden (but then again I don't think I ever checked) and I have been aware of its presence for some considerable time.

Again, I'm not sure that it is the system denying the hidden attribute change (not having a screenshot of the error message), but Avasts self-defence module blocking/protecting Avast as it would in regard to malware trying to disable/delete elements.

What is your D:\ drive ?
The reason I ask is for most people they only have one drive. 
I have two, and there is nothing on my D:\ internal SSD drive for Avast. There is a Program Files folder on my D:\ drive but that is I think for non standard installations, the only thing on mine is D:\Program Files\ModifiableWindowsApps and that folder is empty.  There is also a D:\WindowsApps folder and that is access denied and 0 bytes size.
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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2023, 04:19:02 AM »
<<What is your D:\ drive?>>

Like any rational structure:
C:\ Only OS and a few installed programs.
D:\ (partition) Everything else: documents, images, multimedia and many portable applications.
It is the only way to safely keep all my files in the event of a serious failure of Drive C.

I get a warning like yours with WindowsApps when I try to change the H attribute to the folder.

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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2023, 10:22:11 AM »
This is what I was trying to get at, essentially you haven't installed Avast in the C:/ drive, that would be the default location.  However, wherever it were installed would be protected by the Avast SelfDefence module.  What I don't know if this blocking by the Avast Self Defence module would generate the Windows based error message rather than an Avast based warning.  Personally I wouldn't try to change its attributes to hidden as I don't know how that might impact Avast.

For me the WindowsApps folder issue happened some time after Microsoft a Windows Update when MS was pushing to use the Windows Apps.  The warning is pushed out by the OS and not something in the WindowsApps folder as it is empty.

As for protection against a serious failure of Drive C:\  a serious failure of Drive C: would also Impact drive D: as it is a single hard disc with two partitions.  The only true way to protect against loss in a serious drive failure it to backup to External Drive/s as both partitions could be impacted in a serious drive failure.
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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2023, 04:29:40 PM »
Avast is one of the few programs I have installed on C:
I also have backups of D: on a slave drive and an external drive.
Thanks for your kind attention.

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Re: How to hide $AV_ASW folder?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2023, 05:28:29 PM »
You're welcome.

I just found it strange with your comment in the first post.
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I don't want to delete this folder in C:\ and in D:\ I just want to hide it.

I just couldn't get why it would also be in D:\, but your backup of the C: partition to the D:\ partition would explain that.  My only guess would be that what you backup to the D:\ partition would also inherit the permissions of the original folder.

I have been using twin hard drives (HDD and HDD/SSD) for many years over 25 years. C:\ system primary drive, D:\ data drive, so it never entered my old mind your drives were partitions ;)
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