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Old 01-19-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default Using a VM to open suspicious files...

Say I wanted to open a suspicious file, or something that could possibly contain a virus, or spyware or whatever,
should I use a virtual machine and open the file from in there?

Would this stop any threats making their way into my os?

Thanks for any help!
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Default Re: Using a VM to open suspicious files...

Check the file by with your Anti Virus program, right click over the file then when the menu comes up look for you AV and there should be the word scan there , select that and it will scan the file for you.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:12 PM   #3
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yer just right click , search for viruses ,
i allways do this when i download cracks and keygens. ive found 2 files that had viruses in them so i just deleate
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:33 PM   #4
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Default Re: Using a VM to open suspicious files...

Are you sure that will be enough? What if the virus scanner doesn't detect if it has spyware, trogens, viruses etc.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:45 PM   #5
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what type of file do you think could be infected
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Default Re: Using a VM to open suspicious files...

Unless you have outdated virus and spyware definitions it should be fine. Your virus/spyware scanner will open up the particular file and scan the entire contents and report whether or not it's safe.
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most AV will detect it automatically. withouht even having to right click. thats what AVG does.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:17 AM   #8
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Yeah, basically I want to run some keygens. I'm not sure if they could be malicious though...
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Running in a VM would stop the virus spreading to your home OS, yes.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:27 AM   #10
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Yeah, basically I want to run some keygens. I'm not sure if they could be malicious though...
From what I understand about VM's, is that it is almost impossible for any virus to jump from a VM OS to your HOST OS.

With a VM, you can also run it, check if it is a virus/works as intended. If not, just end the process to VM and it should go back to the way it was prior to the virus being introduced to the system.
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