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Thread: Virus: Simply Downloading An Infecting File

  1. #1
    I'm curious is the simple act of downloading the infected file enough for it to spread or is it when you open a zip, exe, jpg, etc?

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  3. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    Hardwareworld? Huh?

  4. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    it infects your drives no? it's not a software issue or kazaa related. This is the right place for it.

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    Its software i think. But the file would have to run on your computer to do anything.

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #5
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    Belle Vernon, PA, USA
    Yes, you need to execute the infected file for the virus to spread.

    Point of clarification, though... "infected" image files can not replicate on their own, just by opening them. For a virus to be spread through an image, you need to already have the "infector" running on your system. The "infector" is an executable just like any other virus. If you don't have this running, and you view an "infected" image, it'll just look really crappy.

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #6
    Wrong, I have had Norton pop up and say I have a virus as soon as Ive started to download something

  8. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    Originally posted by S7r3etR4c3r@10 July 2003 - 02:50
    Wrong, I have had Norton pop up and say I have a virus as soon as Ive started to download something
    Nope he is right. Norton and other good virus scanners like McAfee check inside the exe file for viruses, trojans etc. Just downloading them doesnt mean the virus is spread. You have to run the file to have the actual program to run which in this case is a virus.
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  9. Software & Hardware   -   #8
    Of Course downloading viruses doesn&#39;t infect your computer. I&#39;ve got 20 right here

    *Don&#39;t tick me lol

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    i wonder why he you want to infect your school or sumtin? man..thats what i am going to do....

  11. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    lol i got busted twice for inserting viruses into the School compters...but then they didn&#39;t catch me the 3 other times

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