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Just need to make sure I get this right. If I download a program or file and norton 2005 detects it and automatically removes it, It is now safe to run the program and or open the file correct?

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In reply to: Autodeleted virus

There's always a chance there's some other payload in there that Norton AV didn't find. Use at your own risk.

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Re-check your question.

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You said, ''Just need to make sure I get this right. If I download a program or file and norton 2005 detects it and automatically removes it, It is now safe to run the program and or open the file correct''

So, if you download a program or file and Norton detects a virus it deletes it. In that case, what is there for you to open? The file has been deleted.

If a program file or any other sort of file has a virus infection it is quite likely that Norton will delete the whole file. You may have the option to ask Norton to repair the file, but that very often does not work.

You will need to find another source for that program or file, and if you are using P2P for downloading, then you should beware that anything you download may be infected. Commercially purchased programs would not, of course, be infected.


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vrus file

In reply to: Re-check your question.

Norton say's it deleted the virus but not the entire file, subsequent scans do not show the virus file, and yes I understand all the implications of using a p2p.

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Cobra, What Was The Name Of The File and...

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...the name of the virus? You probably mean the Norton program "cleaned" the virus...or maybe it was an e-mail message in which Norton deleted an attachment but kept the text of the message. Or maybe it was a .zip file which "contained" infected portions inside and a specific portion of the contents was deleted.

Above all, do you really want to attempt to open a file, program, or message, that was infected...It's easier to get another file elsewhere. I guess it depends on how valuable you think the data on your computer is...Although I have done such on test machines, I certainly wouldn't do so on anything eles. Remember what curiosity did to the cat.

Hope this helps.


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yes and no

In reply to: Cobra, What Was The Name Of The File and...

It was a zipped program and if I would have paid attention after it removed the virus the file size wasdrastically reduced and unusable. Thanks anyway.

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Cobra, A Number of The New Viruses Are Zipped...

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...and they contain nothing more than the infection agent. Frequently, they are passworded zip files. When you open the zip, the computer is infected...So, in your case, it appears like the "infector" was deleted from within the zip file leaving nothing but the zip shell.

Here's a link to McAfee's write up about just one such example:


Hope this helps.


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