Clean , Quarantine or Delete Option ?

By jigneshdesai05 ·
Anti Malware Delete Quarantine or Clean Option?
When a file suspected of being a malware or malware-infected is detected by the Anti-Malware , does the Anti Malware Program normally take the decision itself as to whether this file has to be cleaned , quarantined or deleted straightaway & only if it is really confused as to whether the file is malware or whether it is a system file or user file , ask the user what has to be done with the file ? Or is it that most Anti Malware Programs never take the decision themselves & always ask the user what to do ? Do Anti-Malware Programs differ greatly amongst themselves in this respect .

For a p.c. user like me who gets confused whenever this question is popped up by the anti malware program as to whether the file has to be deleted or put in quarantine ( Of course , if the "clean" option is also presented before me , I always try that first) , which type of anti malware would be best ? Are the chances of making wrong decisions greater if the anti malware is normally deciding by itself what to do or are they greater when the anti malware normally puts the decision on the user ?

From this Perspective ,if I have to create my own mini fool-proof (or atleast reasonably reliable) Security Suite by choosing one Program from the first Category & one (or if necessary 2 or even 3) Programs from the Second Category , how should I be going about the selection . Of Course , please note that excellent detection rate is also of paramount importance to me as a factor for deciding on anti-malware :

Category I - Antivirus

1) Avira (Free)
2) Avast (Free)
3) AVG (Free)

Category II - Only Spyware
1) SpyBot (Free)
2) Spyware Blaster (Free)
3) Spyware Terminator (Free)
4) AdAware (Free)
5) Malwarebytes (Free)
6) Threatfire (Free)

Also , in Category II , which are the Programs that are memory - resident & which have to be run manually ?

How does Norton Total Security behave in this respect ?

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Read Symantec's product description? Usually configurable.

by seanferd In reply to Clean , Quarantine or Del ...

The reason you are asked is due to a file you own being infected. You can try to clean it, but if it doesn't work, yest you want to try and recover the file by other means, you may quarantine it. Also, just in case it is a false positive, but you hadn't created an exception (as in the case of many security and other utilities).

No need to be confused. Delete the file if it isn't something you want or need. Windows will replace a file if it needs to do so. Quarantine is just a holing area for files you want to keep but couldn't clean, saving the files but rendering the malware inoperable. Some people quarrantine malware to investigate it or submit it to the AV vendor for research.

There is a crowd who simply finds that security suites try to do to much, and then fail in some respects. Some people don't want all the options provided by suites, so why pay for what you don't need?

Which products are resident? Again, why not read the product descriptions? Anyone answering your question will likely have to do the same, at least for some. Example: Spybots S&amp has many features you can either use, or not. Everything is run once (inoculation) or as needed (scan), excepting the Tea Timer (resident, if enabled) which is like UAC or a program guard - "do you want to allow such and such to run or modify this file or registry entry?"

AdAware, IIRC, is run manually.

Malwarebytes (free) is run manually, paid version has resident scanner and some additional capabilities, which again, you would know if you looked at it for two seconds.

Oh, Category I: Just pick one. Usually just a matter of taste. They all have extra features besides AV as well, anyway. Avast sure does - it practically looks like Norton from that standpoint.

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