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nicsmr


Joined: 20 Dec 2005
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Hi,

I am new to anti virus terminology so please excuse my ignorance and please no flames...

What exactly does it mean when a file containing a virus/trojan/... is moved to the quarantine folder? Is the virus rendered inactive? Can I delete them from this quaratine folder? would it be better to automatically clean the file?

thanks
Nick
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alch
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Joined: 27 Nov 2005
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It means that clamwin found a virus in a file and moved it from it's original location to another folder (quarantine), the location of the quarantine folder is specififed in clamwin prefernces-file locations. You can remove/delete the file from quarantine if you are certain you don't need it.

Clamwin does not clean files, that is it can't remove a virus whilst preserving the original file. Using quarantine is recommended as clamwin may remove the whole inbox if it finds one infected message if it is set to remove files automatically.
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What does quarantine do
me


Joined: 08 Feb 2006
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Hi,
please excuse for my easy question.

So if ClamWin find a troian in one exe (it did it) and I decide to quarantine and late delete it, does ClamWin clean my exe of that troian?

Thanks,
Antonio.
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