Does Avast delete malicious files automatically?

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So I'm just curious from a security perspective. I have the free antivirus version of Avast. When it does a scan of my PC (that I didn't start), does it automatically delete the malicious files it finds? Meaning, I setup scans when I'm not home and I noticed the last time, a couple of my files were missing. Would Avast just get rid of them?
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I’m not an Avast expert but I would think, like most other anti-malware tools, it would at least quarantine the files and give you the option to fully clean/remove. You might want to contact Avast support directly on this.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, Avast deletes malicious file(s) automatically. Whenever Avast traces virus it deletes the file at the time of running the file. If you are sure that file is not affected by virus, you can disable Avast for sometime and download/install the same, but this is not recommended for your PC/Laptop.
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  • ToddN2000
    It's been a while since I used it but I believe it quarantines the files. Check out the AVAST BLOG on recovering files from the chest.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If Avast is configured like that to keep malicious files, instead if delete, you can link for Avast help page: https://support.avast.com/en-in/article/Use-Antivirus-Virus-Chest
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