Malware in the recycle bin

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by rOadToIS, Dec 20, 2008.

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  1. rOadToIS

    rOadToIS Registered Member

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    If I delete malicious file manually and put it in the recycle bin, can malware still be active? Am I still infected?
     
  2. BlueZannetti

    BlueZannetti Registered Member

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    You're only "infected" if it's running.....

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  3. Tarq57

    Tarq57 Registered Member

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    No. But if another user was to restore it from the recycle bin....
    Unless you are the only user you're probably better off zipping it into a password protected file in a select folder, if you actually want to keep it.
    If you don't want to keep it, just delete it, and empty the recycle bin.
     
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