Solved Should Malwarebyte quarantined files be removed?

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May 25, 2014 at 13:44:12
Specs: Windows 8.1, 3.0/ 4Mb
I ran a full scan of Malwarebyte and it gave many hits such as MySeachDial, Install.Core, Quiknowledge and Superfish. All of these items were put into quarantine. Should I leave them there or should I delete them?

Thank you.
Brian W

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May 25, 2014 at 14:16:21
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I think you will find that most us (here at least) will opt to remove/delete them.

"Usually" quarantined items are now out of harms way; and can be left there... But personally I delete anything "quarantined" - so as to remove the pests totally from the system.

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May 25, 2014 at 16:17:59
" Malwarebyte and it gave many hits"
You will not be clean yet.

Run both of these, in this order.

1: Run AdwCleaner
How to download from Softpedia
Author's site
Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click on Clean.
Confirm each time with Ok.
Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
Please Copy & Paste the contents of that logfile with your next answer.
You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

2: Run Junkware Removal Tool
How to download from Softpedia
Download Junkware Removal Tool onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
Warning! Once the scan is complete JRT will shut down your browser with NO warning.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Temporarily disable your antivirus and any antispyware real time protection before performing a scan.
Click this link to see a list of security programs that should be disabled and how to disable them.
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7/8, right-click JRT and select Run as Administrator.
The tool will open and start scanning your system.
Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved onto your Desktop and will automatically open.
Copy and Paste the contents of the JRT.txt log please.

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May 26, 2014 at 09:12:07

Thank you for your response. Does "usually" mean that the malware still might be active after they are quarantined?

Brian W

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May 26, 2014 at 13:24:54
Best of my knowledge is that quarantined items are effectively rendered neutral/disabled... But of course one can never (say never...) that in the future some "real PIA" will not find a way to keep them active even in quarantine? However to date I have not found anything put into quarantine remain active...

Meanwhile - I would advocate deleting anything quarantined regardless

I added "usually" just in-case someone here had an experience to the contrary already...

My phrasing is partly a consequence of life-time in broadcasting and observing political, legal and management types being very careful with their words... Invariably ensuring they invariably/always had a "get out of jail card" as it were; regardless of what they said or what transpired later... And partly a habit/style developed over years of training, and writing "how to" documents/manuals for others; with a view to ensure clarity and encourage an eye for the unexpected...

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