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AVG removed threat, can I use the files anyway?


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#1 jeniveve

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 06:18 PM

I so hope this is not off topic...

 

I was looking for some icons to use for a project and I went to softseek to check out some free icon downloads.  I tried to download 2 different icon sets in zip files but my AVG security software gave a Trojan warning on both.  While it said it could remove the threat I didn't download either but now I am wondering, could I have downloaded them after AVG removed the threat, used them and still have been safe?

 

Also, could anyone recommend a good safe place to find free downloads these days?  Someone told me that there are no longer any safe free download sites anywhere...Is that really true, will I get these warnings on all files?

 

Thank you,

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 06:25 PM

Hi Jennifer,

 

If AVG says the file you are trying to download is a trojan, DON'T download it. DON'T open it.

 

Have you tried the following websites:

 

www.flaticon.com

www.iconfinder.com

www.thenounproject.com

www.iconmnstr.com

 

I have not personally used any of these websites, but VirusTotal reports that all four of these sites are virus free.



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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:02 PM

I was wondering what others do when their internet security software says the file is now safe...

 

I didn't download it!  I would never open it! I wanted to know what other people did in this circumstance...Whether they still use the files once they have been rendered safe to use by their security software, I run as fast as I can but I wanted to know if I was being overly cautious?  I guess not, good to know, thank you.

 

I will try the sites you have listed, I do appreciate it.

 

Thank you very much!

 

Jennifer



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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:06 PM

A possible scenario of what happened is that what you downloaded was a zip file that contained malware. When AVG "cleaned" the zip file that may mean that the zip file is now empty. As a rule of thumb if you download a file and your AV says it is infected, delete it and if you need to download something like a picture or a document find another download.

 

Good Luck!

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:30 PM

Thank you, I do appreciate everyone's opinions!  I never thought to check to see if the zip file was empty because I never went through with the download on either, I just said "cancel" and the file for all intents and purposes was never even installed on my computer!  Oh it feels go to win one every once in a while haha!

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:53 PM

...could anyone recommend a good safe place to find free downloads these days? Someone told me that there are no longer any safe free download sites anywhere...Is that really true

These are popular and safe third-party download hosting sites for software:
* BleepingComputer Downloads
* MajorGeeks
* SnapFiles
* Softpedia
* TechSpot
* FilePuma
* Gizmos Freeware
* Ninite
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 02:34 PM

Thank you all very much for the information, I do appreciate everyone's information and answers!

Jennifer



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Posted 19 January 2016 - 04:33 PM

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