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Can Virus Be In Winrar/zip Archive?


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#1 dc2000

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 11:47 AM

Hi everyone:


I know that an attacker can put a virus file inside RAR or ZIP archive, but is it possible to activate this virus by simply opening such archive with WinRAR, WinZIP/Windows program to see what files are inside?

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:12 PM

I don't see why not. Can you scan the file with your anti-virus?
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 06:40 PM

Yeah, the AVG tells me that there's one infected file inside, which I doubt.

So what you're saying is that the virus can be activated by simply opening a rar file in the WinRAR program? Again, all I'm saying is opening the rar file for viewing, and not running any of the archived files inside.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:34 PM

You have self-extracting files that run when you click on them. I'm sure they can also trigger a virus
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 10:42 PM

Yeah, I understand that, but what if I right-click on the rar file and select "Open with WinRAR..." from the menu. Would that run it as well?

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 03:35 PM

by simply opening the .RAR or .ZIP file you cannot execute a virus.
Compressed file archives (.Rar , .Zip) are not executables files...

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 05:23 PM

Unless it's disguised! Dun dun dun...
Well, maybe try previewing what's inside the file.




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