When I have deleted the quarantined files in ESET Smart Security, where do they finally go?

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
When I have deleted the quarantined files in ESET Smart Security, where do they finally go?

I mean, do they compose any risk whatsoever as, for example, files can be recovered even after they have been deleted. Deleted is a relative word, so I would feel more secure if ESET had used the terminology "wiped away" instead of "deleted".

Is there any way to find where the files that have been deleted from ESET's quarantine are now?
Question by:hermesalpha
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    by:Stelian Stan
    If you have deleted the quarantined files that means those files are gone from your computer. It's like you empty your Recycle Bin

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    But even after emptying my recycle bin, the files that have been emptied from the recycle bin can be recovered with special software. The only final 100 % permanent deletion is wiping (with a software like WhiteCanyon's WipeDrive).
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    by:Stelian Stan
    I agree with you. To make sure nobody is able to recover data from you HDD is by wiping the hard drive with special tools like one you just mentioned.
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    In general terms, 'deleted' means that the first character in the file name has been replaced with a 'non-character'. It still resides on your computer - although it may be written over by new files.

    One effective method of masking it further is to run the basic Windows defragmenter; which will re-arrange the files.

    FWIW, I have never heard of any malware that will recover "deleted" files and have never concerned myself with files identified and deleted by the anti-malware applications.

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    One peice of software to make sure that files you want GONE are absolutely gone is a file shredder.

    File shredders completely destroy the file and anything to do with it, actually getting rid of it.

    There are several kinds of file shredders online that you can download for free.
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    Actually, there is no physical way to delete/shred/remove a file once it has been written to disk. You can burn the HDD, break it up with a hammer, or run any number of applications against it - but it is still there and still recoverable with the right tools.

    Shredder programs simply do repeated write/delete functions over the blank disk areas to make it more than normally difficult to recover the files.

    Unless and until some variant of malware is created to 'recover' a normally deleted file, it is not a concern for safety/security purposes.

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