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Offline Bigalx58

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Some files cannot be scanned...
« on: October 04, 2004, 10:41:09 PM »
Hi... I just downloaded Avast.  After running the first scan, the results showed that some files (65) could not be scanned, apparently they are password protected....not intentionally by me... Should they be repaired?..or deleted?
Is this a bad thing? If it is, what can I do so that Avast will be able to scan these files?
Thanking you in advance.


OS..win 98se; IE 6; OE 6...

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Re:Some files cannot be scanned...
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2004, 10:47:17 PM »
No av software can scan pw protected files. Think of it, how can a av util know the pw? So it is perfectly normal and you don't have to worry about it.

If there is a harmfull file within a zipped (or other archived file), Avast will scan it when it gets unpacked.

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Re:Some files cannot be scanned...
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2004, 11:34:44 PM »
Well known programs which have password protected files are Spybot S&D, Adaware and Nero.

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Re:Some files cannot be scanned...
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2004, 11:58:30 PM »
Don't forget about some files of the JVM ;D

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Re:Some files cannot be scanned...
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2004, 05:59:58 AM »
In addition to what has been said,
Windows password protects System files to prevent inadvertant tampering.  Usually, a quick analysis of the pathway and filename alleviates any worries.

Spybot and Adaware do not password protect their files.
Avast does not scan them because their "chest" and "vault" are the same type of system as the System Restore in Windows.  Avast will only indicate the presence of the files, but will not have the ability to do anything with them. (You really should not unless you are sure).

Good luck.

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Re:Some files cannot be scanned...
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2004, 06:03:25 PM »
Spybot and Adaware do not password protect their files.
Avast does not scan them because their "chest" and "vault" are the same type of system as the System Restore in Windows.Good luck.

Actually that's only half true, Techie.  The (relatively) new Ad-Aware SE does now encrypt its ignore list and quite a few other files, particularly saved setup options, to reduce the likelihood of tampering.

So you'll now get a lot of "can't scan" there, and the whole set of Ad-Aware folders might as well be added to the avast exclusion list.
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