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Scanning Downloads for viruses...

Hi:
Is there a way to scan a file with Nortons BEFORE downloading it?
I have recently had bad luck trying to download items, and after downloading Nortons catches it, but is there a way to catch it before it is even on my computer, or while it is downloading?
Thanks so much!

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Norton Does That Already...

In reply to: Scanning Downloads for viruses...

My first thought... If you're downloading files using a P2P file-sharing program, the best way to prevent such problems is to STOP using P2P.. It's one of the major ways for such malware to get passed around..

Second... If the problem is with downloaded e-mail items.. NEVER open e-mail messages from unknown sources and even from known sources, make sure to scan attachments before opening them.. Simply delete them BEFORE opening them when they come from an unknown source.. Remember what curiosity did to the cat...

Next, never download files from untrusted websites.. A free program such as McAfee's SiteAdvisor might help with identifying which sites are not trustworthy.

Next, Norton's background scanner already detects viruses and some spyware during the download process to your e-mail program or when you download a file to your hard drive.. There's not much else you can do other than manually performing a RIGHT click scan once the file is downloaded to the computer.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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one thing

In reply to: Norton Does That Already...

I agree with everything Grif said. All of these measures will help to minimize your exposure to infection.

If anything you download is 15 MB or less, another suggestion would be for you to have it scanned with multiple engines. Try this:

http://virusscan.jotti.org/

I have found this site to be busy fairly often, just so you know. If this is the case, and if the file in question is 10 MB or less, there is an alternative here:

http://www.virustotal.com/en/indexf.html

Hope this helps!

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Some tools

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Javacool's Spywareguard http://www.javacoolsoftware.com will monitor in real-time while downloading for known spyware only.

Dr.Web's has a plugin (free) for browser -
http://download.drweb.com/drweb+antivirus+free+services/
Doctor Web, Ltd. offers new free service developed for users traveling on the World Wide Web with the help of Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or MS Internet Explorer, which is a plug-in to scan for viruses and different kinds of malicious programs, such as dialers, spywares or adwares any link to a page before it is s opened, or any file before it is downloaded onto a computer with the most up-to-date version of the Dr.Web scanner and hot add-ons to the virus database, released twice per hour!

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Thsnk you!

In reply to: Some tools

Thanks to everyone who responded!
All the info was very helpful!

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