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Forum Thread: Insecure programs in the recycle bin?

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oliverrp9939 Insecure programs in the recycle bin?
Member 12th Mar, 2010 03:58
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Tonight I received an insecure warning about an .exe in the Recycle Bin. What is that about? It was little effort to delete the program, but why in the world would PSI be looking there? I guess in a strict interpretation of PSI's reason for being, a program anywhere on the computer that is insecure should be the subject of an alert, but, but, but.....

Has anyone else had this situation? Am I missing something by complaining about this?

wr RE: Insecure programs in the recycle bin?
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Last edited on 12th Mar, 2010 06:48
Hi oliverrp9939 & welcome to the Forum

"I guess in a strict interpretation of PSI's reason for being, a program anywhere on the computer that is insecure should be the subject of an alert, but, but, but.....

Has anyone else had this situation? Am I missing something by complaining about this?"

I think you answered your own question in the first statement above.
Look at it this way-if you can access the program so can the 'bad guys'.
That's why the Secunia PSI needs to be able to go where you can go.

After all if you had deleted a program to the recycle bin & then forgot
to 'take out the trash' & a piece of malware used it
to steal sensitive information wouldn't you be upset? The PSI informed you of the vulnerability & you deleted it-almost-
just look at it as an insurance policy-you forgot to empty the recycle bin but the PSI reminds you.

And no, you're not the only one to be surprised by the PSI finding
something in the recycle bin.

I might also suggest that you use the PSI in the Advance mode
though I think you already are.

Hope this answered your question(s).

Regards, wr


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