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28-Nov-2010, 10:45 AM #1
What should I do when I find a threat?
I have never understood what to do when my virus scan finds a threat. It seems like the default/recommended action is to move to chest, wherever the heck that is.

I ran a virus scan using Avast. My options are to repair, move to chest, delete or do nothing. Move to chest was the default recommendation. Since I have no idea what I gain by moving to chest, I chose to delete.

What should I do (or have done)? I did not need the software that contained the virus. So deleting seemed like the best thing to do.
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28-Nov-2010, 11:28 AM #2
Move to chest is just another way of saying to quarantine the file. It's always best to quarantine first just in case the detection is a false positive so it can be restored if necessary.

What file was detected as infected by Avast? You can check the log to find out. It's possible other action needs to be taken.
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28-Nov-2010, 11:52 AM #3
I seldom, if ever, get a threat, other than when I download something that is free. Seemingly out of nowhere, I got a referral to a screensaver, with lots of pretty images. I did not want a screen saver, did not need a screen saver, but found the images unresistable. Avast detected a threat there.

Why should I care if there is a false positive? The program developer should create a program that does not give a false positive.

Why should I quarantine it, if I can delete it with a keystroke? It seems like quarantining it keeps it in my computer. I have never heard of any plausible reason for keeping a threat around, whether one calls it quarantine or any other term. Especially, if the threat is in a file which I do not need.

Again, I see no reason for doing anything other than deleting the dern thing.
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28-Nov-2010, 11:57 AM #4
I don't understand why you asked the question if you don't want to hear the answer. You've obviously already got your mind made up so just continue deleting them.
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