I've run KAV quick scan with two settings: "clean file / folder" and "delete / folder".
Here is what the documentation says:
Action- Select what action you want to perform to the selected file(s). Your options are-
· Clean the file / folder – if unsuccessful, you will be presented with the option of deleting.
· Delete the file / folder – sends the infected files/folders to your Recycle Bin.
· Leave the file – this option neither cleans nor deletes, it simply leaves the file/folder where it was. This is not recommended, as it is potentially dangerous if you forget that the file/folder is infected with a virus.
My results differ:
Clean the file / folder - Does NOT present the option of deleting. It just says "no action taken" and moves on to the next file. Right clicking on files presented by KAV does nothing.
Delete the file / folder - Deletes the file - for good! Does not send it to they recycle bin. I confirmed the properties for the recycle bin: it is NOT configured to automoatically delete files, therefore files deleted by KAV Quick Scan should have gone to the recycle bin - but they did not.
I consider this a serious problem. I know from running with the "clean file /folder" option that I have a virus in my outlook.pst file. KAV did not clean that file, so my plan was to run in "delete the file / folder" mode, let KAV move output.pst to the recycle bin and then after KAV ran, I'd fetch it out of the recycle bin and put it back where it belongs. I admit that a better plan would have been to make a copy of it on a drive that was not being scanned AND to put it in the KAV exlude list. I had to stop KAV from running because smaller, infected files that KAV reported as deleted did not appear in the recycle bin, so I stopped it before it got to outlook.pst.
Short of backing up my entire drive (20GB) before scanning, how do I ensure that files deleted by KAV will be retrievable? Without this, I can't run KAV quick scan.