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Stop Placing Items in the Quarantine

SUMMARY: Skip the quarantine when spotting spyware with Ad-Aware.

Ad-Aware will automatically place deleted items in a quarantine before they are deleted from the system. This way, if you accidentally delete a cookie, registry key, or other item that you actually need to run your system, visit a particular site, or run an ad-sponsored freeware program, you can recover the entry.

If you don't plan on recovering files from a quarantine and want to completely remove potential vulnerabilities from your system, do the following:

1. Open Ad-Aware.
2. Click the button that looks like a gear ("Settings").
3. When the settings dialog opens, click the "General" button.
4. Uncheck "Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal"
5. Click "Proceed" to close the dialog box.

Return to the Ad-Aware page.

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