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Are zipped, rared, 7z'd viruses/worms useless?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by incredidome, Jul 12, 2006.

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  1. incredidome

    incredidome Thread Starter

    Mar 4, 2006
    Whenever I get a virus/worm I zip the file and save it so I can have evidence of it being on my computer.

    Is it true that regardless of however damaging the virus is, when it is compressed with zip (WinZip), rar (WinRAR) or 7z (7zip) it is useless?

    Isn't this what quarantining does in virus/spyware scanners?

    I understand that, just like with .exe files, that a script could cause it to decompress and execute, but this is beyond the point of discussion.
  2. brendandonhu


    Jul 8, 2002
    Whether its compressed or not, the file is harmless as long as it isn't executed. Quarantined files are typically put in a password-protected ZIP to prevent them from running though
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