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#1 wildchild1162

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 06:39 AM

Good Morning All, I am running Windows98SE and I have 389 files in my Norton Anti-Virus quarantine log , some of which have been there since '04, a lot of them are .dll and .exe files. Is it safe to delete these or should I just leave them be. Thank you for your help.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 07:50 AM

If you have not needed them in the passed I would say it is safe to remove them. I would run them thru the Shredder in Spybot S&D rather than just deleting them.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 08:50 AM

Most anti-virus applications will quarantine malware just in case you need to restore something put there by mistake. Generally it is safe to delete a quarantine file after a few days.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:24 AM

Thank you very much I am going to give it a shot! I do not have shredder or spybot though, will that matter?
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:27 PM

Probably not. I am just over cautious. You should have Spybot Tutorial and AdAware SE Personal Edition Tutorial on your computer and run them regularly. They are free and are highly recommended in this forum.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 02:15 PM

Acklan and I seem to be agreeing constantly. I almost always overwrite files instead of "deleting them." I use Eraser:

http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/

You can also use the tool that is included with Spybot. Either of these will overwrite selected files with garbage so they can never be retrieved, read, or restored.

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