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Why won't avast scan archives?
« on: November 17, 2008, 03:41:10 PM »
When I scan my pc I set it to scan archives, when it is finished it says unable to scan archives. What am i doing wrong?

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Re: Why won't avast scan archives?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 03:46:49 PM »
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Take a look at the following link, it should answer your question.
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=16493.msg139941#msg139941
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Re: Why won't avast scan archives?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008, 05:27:43 PM »
You're doing nothing wrong as the link Bob gave shows there are legitimate reasons for this.

Personally I don't bother with scanning archives.

- Archive (zip, rar, etc.) files are by their nature are inert, you need to extract the files and then you have to run them to be a threat. Long before that happens avast's Standard Shield should have scanned them and before an executable is run that is scanned.

Thorough is also by its design very thorough and perhaps a little overkill for routine use, were a Standard scan without archives should be adequate.
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