threebg alias George Clooney sends zipped file virus infutur

April 20, 2016 at 06:09:13
Specs: Windows 7
I have received mail from this person, untoward when opened. Do anti virus engines automatically scan inside zipped folders? It seems an option only. Why is this only an options, aren't viruses spread by this method? If this person sends, how do I know it's been scanned?

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April 20, 2016 at 06:17:27
I think there are several reasons to name some

1) Archives can be huge so scanning them can take a very long time
2) Archives can have passwords on them (not sure if this can prevent a scan?)
3) Some Archives will have other archives within them to attempt to conceal the files, again I am not sure if this is accurate but I have seen this a lot.

others may have other suggestions but immediately this is what I think or have experienced.

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April 20, 2016 at 07:20:53
Anything like this or even nearly like this should have hit with the DELETE key!

Don't challenge your anti-virus to catch this because it may be something not yet known to it!!!.

Remember! Curiosity killed the cat! (in your case, your computer)

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April 20, 2016 at 17:50:24
To clarify sluc's main point: When you receive a compressed file
(such as a .zip file) or any kind of executable file (such as .exe or .scr)
from a source you don't know or don't trust, you should not open it unless
you *want* a malicious program to run on your computer, or you want to
test the effectiveness of your antimalware against live ammunition.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 20, 2016 at 21:28:26
That rascal Clooney!

You should never have whatever feature you use to open zip files to automatically run them.

Also, I always assume any unsolicated attachment from anyone I don't know is malware and just delete it.

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April 21, 2016 at 05:51:33
In fact Antivirus scanning of email is not all that important. If your AV is capable of catching the infected attachment it will do so as soon as it is opened and seen by the system. If it can't then it still won't, either way.

The best thing to do with dubious attachments is delete them. I do understand curiosity though - I've been close to getting my fingers burnt once or twice because I wanted to know what sort of virus it was.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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