For future reference:
Looks like most of the detections were in the System Volume Information Folder
(SVI) which is a part of System Restore
. The number after 'A00
' represents a sequential number where the original file was backed up and renamed except for its extension. To learn more about this, refer to:
System Restore is the feature that protects your computer by monitoring a core set of system and application files and by creating backups (snapshots saved as restore points) of vital system configurations and files before changes are made. These restore points can be used to "roll back
" your computer to a clean working state in the event of a problem. This makes it possible to undo harmful changes to your system configurations including registry modifications made by software or malware by reverting the operating systems configuration to an earlier date. See What's Restored when using System Restore and What's Not
System Restore is enabled by default
and will back up the good as well as malevolent files
, so when malware is present on the system it gets included in restore points as an A00*****
file. If you only get a detection on a file in the SVI folder, that means the original file was on your system in another location at some point and probably has been removed. However, when you scan your system with anti-virus or anti-malware tools, you may receive an alert that a malicious file was detected in the SVI folder (in System Restore points) and moved into quarantine. When a security program quarantines a file, that file is essentially disabled and prevented from causing any harm to your system. The quarantined file is safely held there and no longer a threat
. Thereafter, you can delete
it at any time.
If your anti-virus or anti-malware tool cannot move the files to quarantine, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. If your anti-virus or anti-malware tool was able to move
(quarantine) the file(s) it is no longer a threat. When an anti-virus or security program quarantines
a file and moves it into a virus vault (chest) or a dedicated Quarantine folder, that file is safely held there and no longer a threat
. The file is essentially disabled and prevented from causing any harm to your system through security routines which may copy, rename, encrypt and password protect the file the file before moving. Quarantine is just an added safety measure
which allows you to view and investigate the files while keeping them from harming your computer. When the quarantined file is known to be malicious
, you can delete
it at any time by launching the program which removed it, going to the Quarantine tab, and choosing the option to delete.
One reason for doing this is to prevent deletion of a legitimate file file that may have been flagged as a "false positive
" especially if the scanner uses heuristic analysis
technology. Heuristics is the ability of a scanning program to detect possible new variants of malware
before the vendor can get samples and update the program's definitions for detection. Heuristics uses non-specific detection methods to find new or unknown malware which allows the anti-virus to detect and stop if before doing any harm to your system. The disadvantage to using heuristics is that it is not as reliable as signature-based detection (blacklisting) and can potentially increase the chances that a non-malicious program is flagged as suspicious or infected. If that is the case, then you can restore the file and add it to the exclusion or ignore list.