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I would like to verify that these files are not infected or malicious.
So, I was thinking I'd download all this stuff from the cloud into a folder on my C:, and use my virus scanner - Microsoft Security Essentials - to scan them.
But maybe that's not a safe thing to do?
Some of these files may be dangerous.
Is there a safe way to handle potentially infected data? I have this notion that it's like handling radioactive isotopes - I need the proper gear to do it safely.
search string = "virtual machines for linux that will run windows os" read ..make your choice :)
BTW I wouldn't depend on just MSE to catch every nasty it might show some crud as clean ..and you would not want to pass on infections to others ..by re-upping or whatever it is you'll do at the end.
And the reason why a VM on linux is a better idea than a VM on windows ( to check for nasties) is that linux is alien territory to it ..so if you made a mistake ..it would not matter :)
[edited by: Leosghost at 12:12 am (utc) on Nov. 21, 2009]
It's a guess but at least one of the main antivirus providers probably provides an online-scanner. This would be much faster since only a fraction of a file is normally scanned.