What Is A “File Quarantine” Or “Virus Vault” ?

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
    • Deleted
    • 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:
    • immediately
    • 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.

Source: Wikipedia

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