cure programs

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  1. chris45

    chris45 Registered Member

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    what do people mean when they say you should have a program that prevents malware and a program that cures your pc? do they mean cure=deleting malware that is detected?
     
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    that's right.
     
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    Curing usually mean AV attempts to remove viral code from infected files, leaving the files in disk. Deleting is usually associated with terms like quarantine/delete and means full removal of the infected file.

    Not all software can do curing and they can't guarantee that cured files are 100% original or even functional. Chance for curing also depends on the malware family which infects the PC, and how easy its code is to remove from infected files.
     
  4. andyman35

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    Some AM products such as Hitman Pro 'cure' an infected system file by replacing it with a clean,original version rather than trying to extricate the malicious code which is fraught with difficulty.
     
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    That is good point :) I forgot that one.
     
  6. chris45

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    is it possible to cure your infected files by your own or is it hard work?
     
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    Provided you have access to a clean version of the infected file then it is,if not easy,certainly not too difficult yes.If it's a Windows system file then you'll need to perform this from outside the affected OS using something like a BartPE,WinPE or a Linux bootable cd.Presuming the AV has found any associated registry entries and the likes to prevent re-infection,then this will do the job.
     
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    i see do most av's and am's have cure avast, avira, malwarebytes? i dont remember seeing a button to press to cure any infected file only a button to delete and quarantine
     
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