What are the precedents or accepted ethical standards for what a computer network administrator is supposed to do when he discovers virus-infected files in a user’s file area?
I have a home network with family members as users, and a file server. I do regular backups of the file server, using a computer that also runs virus protection software. During today’s routine backup, the virus protection software reported several files in my daughter’s area were infected and unrepairable, so I deleted them without opening or otherwise messing with them, and told her after the fact. I was afraid of losing more if I left them there, but now I feel a little for damaging her things without her permission.
But are there any prevailing standards that dictate a sysadmin would do something different? And what might it be?