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My question is this can i down load without opening the file and scan it. Is this safe?
It is a piece of software i requested and i don't want to download a trojan.
Are they safe to download without opening or will it open on its own?
And can i scan it to make sure i t has no trojans?
I need the software so any help would be great. Also notice that the file size change from 1.06mb first send to 1.0mb second send to yahoo. Probably normal.
Thanxs in advance
To my knowledge, ZIP files are relatively safe to download to your computer, won't 'open themselves'. The problems only really begin if you decompress the ZIP file.
A lot of this is really about how confident you feel about the software's origin. If you grabbed it off CNET for example, your chances of there being a problem would be significantly less than downloading it from BobsHaKz.BIZ ;)
However, there is another less technical but more social approach:
(1) Do you know the sender? If not: delete, don't care what surprise may be inside, just delete.
(2) If it is a known sender - it may be a fake (there are viruses and worms propagating by hijacking friends' address books) - do you expect a ZIP file from her/him? If not: delete.
(3) Otherwise ask back "Did you sent me some ZIPped file today? What's inside?". If you get a reply like "Huh? What are you talking about ...?": delete.
I normally just do this 'social' way of content judging and usually I am successfully finished with 90% of all spam cr*p after 0.1 seconds with just option (1), and with additional 9% after another 0.1 seconds with option (2).
This is much faster that to open an 'unzip' or 'winzip', or even scanning, before discarding that cr*p anyway.
The remaining 1% takes a bit longer, but also my step (3) actions I had so far finally ended in deletions.
WFM but YMMV.