File Quarantine or Virus Vault – is a function of antivirus software that isolates infected files on a computer’s hard disk. Files put in quarantine are no longer capable of infecting their hosting system.
- allowed suspect files to be
- Moved to a quarantine area
- Flagged in a report
- Standard executable were scanned, or, one could use up to twenty file matching patterns
- Twenty exclusion patters were also available
- Twenty directory paths could be included, or twenty excluded.
The 1990 version also allowed
- Background processing
- Checking of executables and libraries as a file is opened
- Timing of checks, e.g. if one opened a word file, WORD and all its libraries could be checked:
- Every half an hour
- once a day or every ten day, etc.
Quarantine allowed system managers to track all modifications of a selected files or file structures, hence Quarantine users also got early warnings of failing disks or disk interface cards.