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Nameless
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« on: October 20, 2004, 01:29:40 PM »

Is it possible to get a virus from opening an attached .txt file?
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2004, 02:35:19 PM »

No, but watch for hidden extensions. (e.g. HARMLESSSOUNDINGTEXTFILENAME.txt.pif) as only the last extension is used to determine what action the OS is to take with the file.

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2004, 04:04:02 PM »

Yeah, that's what I thought.  This was just pure text though.  a pure .txt file.  Having an argument with my ineffective IT staff....
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2004, 04:07:38 PM »

No.  You can not get a virus from a pure text file...the file must have some form of binary component to activate...text is just that....text.  You can't get a virus from a pure text file (not yet, anyway) no more than you could get a computer virus from a page of a paper book.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2004, 04:12:19 PM »

Rename to EXE and open it that way, if you want. THEN it could be dangerous  :?
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2004, 06:19:33 PM »

Technically it is possible to recieve a virus in a .txt file.  But it's not until the virus is in an executable format that it becomes dangerous.

This site may help...

http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm

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