Avast Antivirus sometimes exhibits 42056, which is also known as the runtime error. A message in the dialog box appears like this “Error 42056 Avast! Antivirus Error  42056 AVAST_PACK_ENCRYPTED”. In terms of the security software, it’s the issue of Error Archive is Password Protected(42056). 

Analysis from various user states that the symptoms are quite unpredictable. The message comes up frequently without any warning. This can happen due to virus infection, disk storage problems, virus-infected graphics drivers, and many more. 

Whatever the reasons behind this error, you must fix it quickly. This guide will provide all the best possible methods to repair this Avast scan error.

Methods to Repair Avast Error 42056

Runtime errors are very annoying and persistent in Avast software. But, do not think that it cannot be rectified. Yes, possible remedies to repair error code 42056 is available. Hence, follow the steps mentioned below to fix the Avast error.

Method 1: Stop the Conflict Between Programs

When you are getting the run time error, that is error archive is password protected(42056), it is happening due to priority conflicts between programs. So, the very first thing you have to do is to stop this conflict immediately. 

  • Open the Task Manager by right-clicking on the Taskbar (bottom of your display screen). Then, you will see the list of programs running on your computer.
  • Click on each program to select it. After selecting, click on the “End Process” to end that particular program. 
  • Observe that whenever you end a program, the error message is appearing or not. Once you identify which program is creating the conflict, it will be easier to end that specific program.
  • You can also troubleshoot a program or fix the Avast issue by uninstalling certain software. The steps are described in the next section.

Method 2: Uninstall the Conflicted Program 

Troubleshooting or reinstalling can also solve the conflict between Avast and other running programs. It can be done by using the Control Panel. 

  • On Windows 7, 8, and 10, click on the “Start Button”. Then, click on “Control Panel” and select the “Uninstall a program” option. 
  • Select the program you want to uninstall and click on the “Uninstall” tab.

Alternate Method

If you cannot uninstall the conflicting program using Control Panel, try to remove it manually.

  • Go to the system drive of your computer and open it. Find and open the “Program Files” folder.
  • Now, find the folder with the name of the application that is conflicting. Double-click it to open and press the “Ctrl+A” key to select all the files in the folder.
  • Then, press the “Shift+Del” key to permanently delete those files.
  • A prompt message will show “Do you want to delete this shortcut?”. So, click on “OK” and your application is deleted permanently.

After uninstalling the conflicting programs, try installing them once again if necessary.

Method 3: Update your Antivirus and OS

Virus infection in your computer can cause this runtime error. To deal with this, make sure that your antivirus and Operating System are updated to their latest versions. The following steps will help you to do that.

Antivirus Update

Updating your anti-virus database will download new virus definitions, which will protect your device from all the threats. Hence, perform an Avast update by the following process.

  • Open Avast by double-clicking on the icon present on your desktop screen. Now, go to the “Settings” option present on the top-right corner of the application.
  • Click to open the “Settings”, find the “Update” tab and click on it. This will display the virus definition’s “Current version”, “Release Date”, “Connection”, and “Last Update Received”. 
  • You will see the “Update” button present on the right side. So, click on it and wait for the definitions to get updated. Now, close the application and scan your computer.

Windows Update

Downloading and installing the latest components of your Operating System can solve software priority conflicts and many more problems. 

  • Click on the Windows Start option and hit the “Control Panel”. Now, go to the “Windows Update” option and you will see a list on the left side.
  • Tap on the “Check for Updates” tab and wait for a few seconds as the Operating System will download the updates.
  • Finally, close the Control Panel and restart your computer. 

Cleaning your system drive will also help is reducing many complications on your computer. They are described in the next section.

Method 4: Initializing and Running Disk Clean-Up

Cleaning all the system junk files might help to solve the Avast scan error 42056. The steps are as follows:

  • Go to the “My computer” and click on the system drive (C:). Right-click and select the “Properties” option. 
  • In the “General” tab, click on the “Disk Clean up” and wait for the process to calculate the number of “Error Memory Dump” files.
  • Now, a dialog box will open with a number of options. Select all of them and click on the “Clean Up System Files” option. 
  • A new dialog box will come up, which will ask for permission to keep or delete the files. So, click on the “Delete” option and all of your junk files will be deleted.

Method 5: Remove and Reinstall your Graphics Driver

Reinstalling your Graphics driver might solve the message of error archive is password protected(42056). Hence, to perform a reinstallation, follow the steps given below.

  • Click on the Start button and go to the “Control panel”. Now, find and click on the “Device Manager” option and try to locate your Graphics Driver. 
  • Right-click on the “Uninstall” option and wait for the process to complete.
  • If you know the name of your “Graphics Card” manufacturer, open its official website. Then visit the Support page and find the graphics driver (.exe) file.
  • Now, click on the “Download” option and wait for the process to complete. Install the .exe file and your driver will be installed correctly.

Tips: Make sure that you must update your Operating System and antivirus to its latest version. Updating all the system components will increase its performance and booting time (computer’s start-up time). 

Never uninstall or remove any application from your computer forcefully. Hence, avoid deleting files from your system’s drive unless your uninstallation process fails.

Wrapping Up

We hope that all the above-discussed solutions will help you to fix the Avast password archive problem. There can be many other approaches to resolve this error archive or Avast scan issue. So, you can follow our posts regularly to obtain these fixes. 

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