I'll check it out for you.
I'm back.... I checked it out and ran quite a few scans on it, and it seems ok. I have programs on standby, just incase, and.. at the same time, I have a computer specifically designed to download malicious files/programs, .. and I have all the tools you'd want and need.
But anyway, I've checked it out, and yes, you can do malicious harm to computers with files of those types. But as I will say now, if an image file is actually that image file, from what I've learned, you can't alter in ways to infect people. If anyone knows anything different about .gif, .mpg files,, let me know... but in the meantime I'll catch up on my research on new attacks and such.
The same goes for .htm
files, but in the opposite way. Of course you can embed infections into those files, but if you have the scanning and protections you need on your computer, you won't have to worry about those file types either. And if you're ever in doubt about files of that type, or any kind..... your best defense against any major damage is to disconnect you internet cable from your computer. With that said, you need to already have the protection software you need, so you can install/load them up. Because when @$%&^% hits the fan.... don't even think about getting online. That's your worse mistake.
Now... for the other info....... from what I saw on that site, this is what they had to say about that .torrent.
This is the Brian Kopp's new LVL 70 guide. He's been bullying websites to take it down lately, so why not put it up in even more places?
With that said... the first point is that he should have never made it available in the first place. It's fair game now.
The next point is that if you're going to be downloading .torrent files, you better know what you're doing because you're asking for trouble if you don't know what you're doing. There are plenty of sources that don't want their stuff floating around on torrent sites, and many of them create .torrent files just for the sole purpose of infecting your computers. And I'm talking about companies that do it and/or pay others to do it for them.
And if you're not using the right torrent programs, ip blocking softwares, you're just as good as had.
Since you're into downloading .torrent files, take it from me.. ok?, and invest your time into every possible FREE protection you can download for files that you download.Tip:
NEVER, EVER, NEVER download a FREE program from a torrent site. It's probably spiked with something. You can easily go to the source web site and get it, problem FREE.I've been torrenting for years now
.. and I don't believe there is much about the whole concept and procedures that I don't know about.
And you better stay away from those programs that find torrents for you like.. iMesh, War3z, KazaA,, etc... those programs will get you infected, just by installing them. Even Limewire, iTunes... and a host of other bogus programs.
So... there you have it. It's all good. I've tested it all. Show BleepingComputer how much you appreciate the help you've received.
Protect yourself, and protect your computer.
And my last bit of advice on this,... is this............ Don't be torrenting on the same computer that has you real information on it
. Well duuuhhhhhhhh!!!!
Edited by Walkman, 25 March 2007 - 08:24 PM.