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Does deleting adwcleaner also delete the files quarantined by it?


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#1 chadinthewild

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

I deleted adwcleaner and then had a horrible thought that the quarantined files would just be released and run rampant through my computer. Any words of knowledge on this?


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:25 PM

They remain quarantined in

 

C:\Adwcleaner\Quarantine

 

edit: unless of course you have deleted them.


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:27 PM

AdwCleaner is a stand-alone tool which does not require installation so there is no uninstaller which adds itself to Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs). If you just delete the AdwCleaner .exe file from your Desktop, it's folder and all contents will remain on your system.

To properly remove AdwCleaner and all of its related files and folders, double-click the AdwCleaner icon on your Desktop to run the tool again.
  • Click on the Uninstall button.
  • Click Yes when asked are you sure you want to uninstall.
  • Both AdwCleaner.exe, its folder and contents to include all logs will be removed.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:27 PM

Hi chad :)

No, no matter what program you use to find and quarantine malware, they will never be released on a system if you uninstall the program, it would be totally absurd. When you delete AdwCleaner executable, the files it quarantined are still in the C:\AdwCleaner so you'll have to go there delete the folder so delete all the files in it. If you click on the "Uninstall" button in the application, if I recall well, it'll delete all the content of the AdwCleaner folder automatically. Anything else? :)

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:27 PM

Can I then delete that quarantine folder and will the malware be gone forever?

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:29 PM

If you delete that folder (or the files), the content will be moved in your Recycle Bin, so you'll have to empty the Recycle Bin as well to delete all of these quarantined files for good.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:30 PM

To clarify, I see a folder that says "Quarantine". If I delete this, will the files that adwcleaner quarantined be erased?

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:31 PM

Redownload AdwClearner and follow the instructions I provided.
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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:31 PM

Yes Chad, if you delete the Quarantine folder, all the files it detected and moved there will be moved to the Recycle Bin. After that, all you have to do is to empty the Recycle Bin to delete them for good.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

I deleted everything in the adwcleaner folder. I should be good now, right?

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:33 PM

Now Chad, right-click on your Recycle Bin on your Desktop and select Empty Recycle Bin. Then the files will be truly deleted from your system.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:36 PM

Im just worried as I had a run in with the web browser highjacker Vosteran, I seemed to have fixed it and no signs of it remajned for a month, and then today I scanned using MBAM and it caught a trace of Vosteran. I'm not sure why it was found, as I thought I was free of it till today.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:36 PM

While a manual deletion of the folder and it's contents will remove everything...that is not the proper way to remove AdwCleaner. The developer incorporated the Uninstall feature to specifically be used to properly remove his tool.
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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:38 PM

Its possible that what was found was a left over. Some malware have many variants and install themselves differently from system to system. Its possible that you cleaned it using a tool or program that didn't have a detection for every file Vosteran uses, but that caught and deleted the main infection. Then AdwCleaner picked up the inoffensive remains and quarantined them. If you think that you are still infected, you can always open a thread in the Am I Infected? section and seek assistance there.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:38 PM

Is Bleepin' Janitor right about me having to reinstall adwcleaner?




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