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Old 02-26-2006, 11:19 AM   #1
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Unhappy Zipped Virus: Can it Cause Damage?

Hi everyone:

I was using limewire, and I downloaded an 851.7KB file (a well known virus size) accidentally! The file was zipped, so when it finished downloading I realized it was bad an deleted it.

So my question: if the file is zipped, can it cause damage if I never opened the zip file OR ran what's inside it?

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Old 02-26-2006, 11:22 AM   #2
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I doubt it, the file wouldn't extract itself if it was still zipped and unopened.
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Old 02-26-2006, 11:23 AM   #3
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Ok thank god... lol
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but hey it could never hurt to do a virus scan just to be safe
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scan the zip file and your computer
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yup, scan the file just to be safe, but it isn't extracted, so you should fine. thats what i hate about downloading from p2p, i never download anymore.. you have to watch the file sizes whenever downloading
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well its pretty easy to spot out viruses on limewire. whenever theres 2 or more files of the same size, i dont download it.
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Two or more lol, theres about 200 the same when I search for them, I dont get why people share them though..wierd.

Use panda online scan (google it) - if theres anything at all on your system it will find it, it finds things your antivirus + spyware scanners wont.
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:42 PM   #9
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i dunno... i'd just run a full virus scan. even tho u deleted it its still on your comp somewhere.
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whenever i i download things, even if they are zipped, Norton pops up and says this is a virus, and they deleted it, (it does all of these amazing things while only using 99% of my CPU power WOW!)
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