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Virus Programs

By JackJohnson
Dec 30, 2004
  1. I have a question just to make sure my virus program works. When it finds a virus and deletes it, does it also delete it of the actual hard drive, (via a small format of the hard drive) im wondering because when ur computer actually deletes a file it only deletes it form the index, its still on teh hard drive until something is written over it.

    DO i need to totally reformat my hard drive to get rid of it?
     
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    it depends on the anti virus software, whether it's in good and up to date working order. check your av software's support references or get an online definition of the virus.

    symantec.com is a good site to learn about your problem
     
  3. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 173

    when a file is deleted from the allocation table, it is no longer in use.
     
  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Most, if not all, virus scanners will put a virus in quarantine, until you are sure that your computer is in working order and something wasn't quarantined/removed by mistake. It will stay there, and be no problem. If, after a period of time, you see that your computer is in working order, you can choose to delete the quarantined file.
     
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Yes, once it is deleted it can't be accessed again, unless you use a disk utility to recover the data. So no worries.
     
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