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Streaming Video Scanning?


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#1 2-Cups

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:50 PM

I'm not sure if this is the correct board to ask this, but maybe it's close.

I'm trying to find out how to scan a video before playing it online. I'm reffering to video's on YouTube, or your normal web sites visited. Should I download & save it to the hard drive, and then scan it first, or is there a way to scan the video from the site (any site) before watching the video.

I'm asking this because after a whole 8 days with this brand new computer, I ended up with a trojan that cost me $100 to have removed. I don't know how I got infected, and they couldn't (or wouldn't) tell me where it came from. I havent been anywhere really since this thing was first booted up, and the only programs loaded were brand new as well (with the exception of 1 system utilities program). I don't download files from emails, and the few sites i've visited, are the ones i've visited for years. I run anti-virus on here, and everything is updated regularly, I scan the system every other day (complete system scan) and only seem to have a couple of tracking cookies to remove.

Anyway, is there a way to scan the video's while streaming (rather before) from the sites?

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 05:15 AM

The reason they won't tell you where the virus came from is they don't know. So you shouldn't assume anything. You can catch something from a malicious ad on a legit website. Anything is possible. Now I'll leave it to Quietman to explain in more detail.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:26 AM

I am mostly curious about the streaming video's such as on the home page (MSN, BING, GOOGLE) from news sources etc...

I'm not sure if my anti-virus program scans these video's automatically, like it does email attachments (even though I don't download attachments unless it's from a family memeber, and even then I re-scan before openeing the file). They're usually pictures taken by them anyway. I NEVER open any of those "Forward to at leats 10 people" chain emails (I call them), as i've never trusted those things!

If I Google safety tips on viewing video's, more than likely it would supply links to a product for sale, which would require a different program to run, after downloading the needed drivers, and security patches from last years version, which will need to be updated or upgraded to the latest version for a small charge.....and so on.

Thanks for the reply
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 11:08 AM

The answer is no because you're not downloading anything when video is streaming. You're looking for a simple explanation for a virus infection. It's more complicated than that. I go to viral video sites daily. Never caught anything at any of them.




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