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Slash12

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Hey, I hope this is in the right forum. I don't know if this is a stupid question or not, can you scan downloads on the internet before you download them to see if they contain malware? If not, I know that you can scan files on your computer using programs like McAfee and Spy Sweeper, But if you download a compressed file and don't extract it, and the file contained a virus, would it already have infected your computer? Any advice is appreciated :)

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Edited by Slash12, 10 February 2008 - 07:17 PM.

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Johanna

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Scan the file after you download it and before you open it.
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Alright, So if I download a compressed file and don't extract anything, my computer should still be safe?
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It's best to double check with your anti-virus and anti-spyware softwares just in case a malware slipped in during the download process.
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Alright, So if I download a compressed file and don't extract anything, my computer should still be safe?



Yes, If its not opened the program/virus can't be run so your safe. Just make sure to scan it first then extract it and your all good.

And Ltangelic, I doubt that once you are downloading a file malware can interfere and add it self. (not sure though :) )

Edited by Suerte, 11 February 2008 - 12:59 PM.

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Any decent anti-virus program will scan the file(s) before you get your mouse anywhere near them.
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