AntiVirus Applications

Computer Science
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Why should you have your anti-virus application quarantine infected files instead of deleting them automatically? Provide an example along with your detailed answer. 

Dec 5th, 2014

First, understand why your antivirus program puts infected files into quarantine. “Infected files” is your clue: a virus does not exist in isolation. It’s like getting a gob of chewing gum in your hair: it’s hard to get rid of the chewing gum without cutting off some of the hair. To get rid of the virus, you have to delete the infected file.

Your typical antivirus program is not very smart: it can recognize the virus, but has no idea how important the infected file is. What if it deletes a file that you need regularly? That’s why the antivirus takes infected files out of commission and leaves the deletion decision to you.


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