I just deleted a infected ".exe" file from my computer...did I cause any harm?
Hey guys, I just ran a complete virus scan on my computer and it detected a infected ".exe" file for some program on my Operating system (Windows 7) for a program of what I think was called "Program Data Updater"..the file location is C:/ProgramDataUpdater/Uninstall.exe. Now I did look the file up on the internet and it did say the file was non-computer intensive and was ok to delete so I did, but I just feel kinda weird about it and wonder if I did the right thing. If any of you computer tech savy people out there can give me your second opinion, I'd be very grateful. Thanks and have a nice day :)
- smgray99Lv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
You can read about the program here http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/Updater-97313-progr...
Basically you should not just delete files as you still leave part of the program both on the hard drive and in the registry (yes that is also part of the hard drive but usually hidden). You are much better off uninstalling it.
- MojóLv 57 years ago
Its possible your antivirus could have had a false positive (false alarm), or the file was truly infected. I can understand your concern of deleting a system file though. You don't mention what antivirus you used in your scan, some antivirus programs are more prone to false positives. In the future you may want to upload a file to: https://www.virustotal.com/ and that file would be run through several different virus scanning engines to determine whether or not that file is in fact infected. If there are no adverse effects without the file, I wouldn't be too concerned. You may want to try a Windows update to see if that was affected in anyway. If you experience a problem, try copying the file from another computer and install it in the same folder you deleted the file from.