What happens to quarantined files?

When an antivirus program such as NAVCE 9 quarantines a file, what actually happens to it?
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Aland CoonsConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
It gets moved from it's original location into a hidden quarantine directory (usually in the same directory with the AV program).  Some AV programs also rename the file (e.g. a383d93.dat).
TheTechGuysNYCConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The file is put into a faux "partition" or a part of the hd which is inaccessible to anyone, and in this way can do no more harm.

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