Originally Posted by celegorm
How? Something somewhere has to actually run or otherwise use the file before it creates a problem. I could download a million virus executables and be perfectly safe so long as I didn't run them.
This isn't to say that you shouldn't get rid of the file (you should since it came from a drive-by download) but simply having the file on your hard drive will not by itself cause you any problems.
Exactly what I was going to say. An excutable is not a worm...
There's a lot of rubshub being said of this thread. Without mentioning the brand, or singling out the post: how about we leave out the slating of brands - especially when the example I have in mind, from this thread, is completely contradicted by independent tests and reviews, and its use in the comercial market.
Now, if it's deleted, and your machine is behaving, a quick virus and malware scan is all you need (that I think is not warranted in this case, but if you want to put your mind at ease...). If that checks out ok, then I doubt very very much that there's anything to worry about.