How to Recover Data Files Deleted by Antivirus

Did files get disappeared or deleted after antivirus scan? Relax! Here are two antivirus deleted files recovery solutions: using the quarantine and EaseUS file recovery software. You'll learn how to recover data files deleted by antivirus tools like avast antivirus, Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky antivirus, quick heal, and other antivirus utility step by step.

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"I scanned my USB pen drive and Avast found some virus. I chose the action "Move to Chest" but it was unsuccessful. So I chose the action "Delete". But now many files were deleted. Can I recover them?"

Suppose you get a virus and then try to remove it from your computer, USB drive, pen drive, SD card or other devices using antivirus software. But finally, your files get deleted while removing the virus. This is a common case for users who lost data after Antivirus scan. Don't worry! Antivirus deleted data recovery is possible. There are two ways to do the job.

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Method 1. Recover Files Deleted by Antivirus from Quarantine

Quarantine is a function of antivirus software that automatically isolates infected files on a computer's hard disk. Files put in quarantine are no longer capable of infecting their hosting system. When you move the files to the Chest or the Quarantine, you can easily get the file back. If you want to restore your deleted file then:

  • Step 1: Open your Antivirus program
  • Step 2: Click on "Menu"
  • Step 3: Click on "Quarantine" or "Virus Chest". Find your desired file and select it.

At the bottom of the antivirus there should be a "Restore" button, just click on it and your file will be restored. Also, you can right-click the file and select "restore". Here, we take the recovery from Avast Antivirus as an example:

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Method 2. Retrieve Data Using EaseUS Data Recovery Software

If method 1 fails to perform Antivirus deleted files recovery, try the second way - recover files deleted by antivirus using EaseUS file recovery software. It can help you recover deleted files from virus infected hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive, SD card, and pen drive, etc. What's more, it can do the following things for you:

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
  • Recover photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively, safely and completely.
  • Recover data from the recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorder.

Download this data recovery software to get back lost files as soon as possible.

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Step 1. Select the disk drive where you have lost files after using an anti-virus program and click "Scan". 

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Step 2.  After the quick scan and deep scan, all the lost and deleted files on the selected drive should appear. You can try to locate the antivirus deleted items from the tree-view pane on the left, or use the "Filter" function to specify particular file formats, such as pictures, videos, emails, documents and so on. If you know the file name clearly, directly search the file in the Search box.

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Step 3. Double-click a file will let you preview. After that, select the file(s) at one time and click "Recover". We suggest you select a different drive to save the recovered files to avoid data overwriting.

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