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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:31 am    Post subject: images and viruses Reply with quote

Are image files safe against viruses? I mean, can an image file contain virus, or can get infected later by a virus?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of image? I've never heard of a .jpg or .gif getting a virus.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was talk a while back about an exploit in IE (what a surprise) that allowed code to be added to a JPEG image that could then run on a users computer but it's patched if you're Windows is upto date (or if you're not running Windows).

If you use Firefox then I don't think this was affected. I'm not even sure if it was a virus as such, as in didn't have the ability to spread, but it could execute code to do things to your machine.

However I did find a great solution here Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing Laughing

Let's hope you don't get the 1 in a 1000 that has a pinprick!

(Oops!! I'll rephrase that - a pinhole! Razz )
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, I've been primarily using Firefox anyway, it's a big help.
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