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Password Protected Files In Virus Scan?


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#1 Rok_Hard_CDN

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:25 PM

I previously went through all the steps to get rid a small armada of viruses and junk. In the end, all ended up well, and I ended up downloading and installing Avantis. It has since worked very well, but I am a little concerned on the last scan that I did. The results were a whole lot of files that were "unreadable" due to a password protection. They are mostly recovery files, as well as the program files for adaware. I'm not sure if I should just delete these mostly because I don't recall protecting these with a password. Any positive response would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 10:17 PM

The "recovery files" are probably your System Restore files, if you have System Restore enabled, but without a file path, I can't say for sure.
These are protected files.
If you're absolutely positive your system is clean, you can disable it (which will remove all previous Restore Points), reboot, then re-enable it and set a new Restore Point.
If you try to use an old Restore Point, and it was created at the time you were infected, you will re-infect your system.

What it's probably seeing from Ad-Aware, are the Quarantine files.
You can remove these from inside Ad-Aware.

Open Ad-Aware.
Click the little Padlock icon, on the top, right.
That will open the Quarantine Manager.
Highlight the ones you want to delete, and click the Delete button at the bottom.
I would leave at least, 2 weeks, of quarantined files.
That way if you develop a problem, due to Ad-Aware removing something it shouldn't have, you can remove the file from Quarantine, by selecting it, and clicking the Restore button, at the bottom.
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