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Is it possible to quarantine Malicious software in the OS?

Where? Recently my PC was zapped. My first priority was to remove the offending software but if I had know where I would have saved it so it could be examined by my security software firm, Microsoft and McAfee. How can this be done?

Maybe the recycle bin? How about a USB?

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IF an Anti Malware program finds.........

suspicious files it will remove them into "quarantine" until you delete it from there.

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Yep,

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but what if the security program can't find it but it's there? Can I quarantine it somehow without using a security program so I can send it in to be examined. I think next time I'll send it to a USB then reformat the USB after the Malware's been sent, provided I have an available USB. If not, what then? This might seem to be an odd question but on several occasions I've wanted to do this but did not know how.

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IF you already have "it" on your computer.......

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Programs are

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made up of many different files. An .exe or two, some .dll's, an .ini, registry entries....
Some of them even bury portions of themselves in the alternate data stream, which is not normally viewable without a hex editor. (See rootkits.)
In your case this was a rogue product designed to be hard to remove, the files are hidden all over the place.
If your security program can't find the files you haven't really got much chance, unless you know what to look for and how to submit them. Most of the AV companies have a submission procedure, often invoked from within the GUI of the program itself.
(For example, with mine you zip the virus/suspect file, password protect it, and email it to the company.)
You're right to be indignant. These things are quite prevalent. You shouldn't have to be a semi-expert to protect an OS, but these days, you do need to learn how to. There is no silver bullet. MS already know these things exist.(And they're evolving. Vista was supposed to be a secure platform. Hah.) Best you can do is learn about layered defenses.

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Deal is, I had a big chunk of it in the "program files"

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but after running the scans just wanted it of the PC. If I could have quarantined it I could have sent it in. I wasn't going to leave it around to do any more damage then necessary. I've had the same situation some time ago but there again, no quarantine ability. I'll us a USB next time and store it there. I may just send the whole USB to them once it's stored. I have a small 512 MB memory stick with the bad guy's name on it for the next time.

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