Avast Antivirus and Construct 2 Beta 229

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  • Problem Description

    Avast Antivirus prevents installation of Construct 2 r229 and prevents the opening of Capx Files.

    Attach a Capx

    Any Capx.

    Description of Capx


    Steps to Reproduce Bug

    • Have Avast installed with "Hardened Mode" Enabled
    • Have Construct 2 r229
    • Try to install and/or open Capx

    Observed Result

    If trying to install Construct 2 r299 or opening a Capx a Window says:

    "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

    Expected Result

    Installing or opening of Capx

    Affected Browsers


    I am not sure if this is in the right area or if this is known. I did do a simple search and didn't find anything. There is a chance I didn't type in the right thing.


    Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit (x64) Version 1511

    Avast Antivirus 11.2.2262

    Construct 2 Beta r229

    Construct 2 r229 can not be installed and Capx files are blocked from being open when "Hardened Mode"(Moderate or Agressive) is enabled in Avast.

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  • There's nothing we can really do about this. You should report a false positive to Avast.

  • I just figured something new might have been written wrong. Thanks, will do.

  • Did you grab Construct from the site, or a torrent?

  • ... Site, I don't use torrents.

  • I found out it isn't only Construct 2, but Avast blocks similar file types from similar programs. When any executable is being created it isn't always secure, when any executable is set out world wide it becomes less secure due to hack risks. This is why Avast blocks files like this.

    Solution: *do at your own risk*

    In order to open .Capx files when you have Avast installed and 'Hardened mode' enabled, you have to add Construct 2 to the 'Exclusions' list for 'File System Shield' in Avast settings.

    Open Avast and go to Settings.

    There are some tabs on the side, click 'Active Protection'

    Turn OFF 'File System Shield' and click 'Customize'

    There are some tabs on the side of the newly open window. Click 'Exclusions'

    You will see a list of locations, scroll down to the bottom of the list.

    You will see a blank text field that has two buttons to the right of it. Click the 'browse' button.

    Browse to the location you have Construct 2 installed.

    ----Don't open the construct 2 folder you want to select the whole folder, not the folders inside.---

    Click the box next to the Construct 2 folder.

    If done correctly you will see the selected path in the text field, selected 'OK'.

    The selected path you just entered will be highlighted in the list of Exclusions.

    Make sure you click 'Add' on the bottom of the window.

    Close the window with the 'X' or click 'OK'.

    It is important you turn 'File System Shield back on.

    Turn 'File System Shield' back ON.

    Now you should be able to open any .Capx file.

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