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#1 PBSChris

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:31 PM

Hi everyone,

Me and a co-worker have been discussing Inactive files on a computer. If the files contain malicous code can they cause problems even though there inactive.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

Hello BSChris...

You can have a whole folder full of files that contain malicious code on them, that they are harmless to your computer unless you try to run them. That being said, you run a risk of accidentally executing one of them some day so it would be best not to store such files..

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Hello BSChris...

You can have a whole folder full of files that contain malicious code on them, that they are harmless to your computer unless you try to run them. That being said, you run a risk of accidentally executing one of them some day so it would be best not to store such files..


Thank you very much. I was thinking that just having the files on the computer could be harmful for it.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Your quite welcome.... no just storing them in a folder will not harm the computer. Like I said, you have to execute the file in order for it to do its damage....

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

I'm just a bit curious...what are "inactive files" and how does someone determine that a file is "inactive"?

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