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"No digital signature" - what should I do?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by marie500, Sep 18, 2004.

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  1. marie500

    marie500 Thread Starter

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    I just installed XP SP2 two days ago and just tried to download a video editing file recommended to me in another thread. I didn't realize SP2 would pop up warnings when I download files, but okay that's fine. I told it to go ahead and download the file. I think it was when I tried to open it (after scanning) that it popped up again telling me the file had no digital signature. Although I think SP2 is mostly being a hysterical worry-wart, I don't want to take a chance and just blame SP2 and override its warning.

    How do I know when it's OK to ignore warnings about signatures and other things that were never brought to my attention until SP2? I always scan everything I download, but beyond that, if I have to make a decision about whether to open things based on other reasons such as this, what am I supposed to base it on? I don't know..

    It's this program, if it matters: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/zweistein.html
     
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    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Almost nothing has a digital signature that XP SP2 recognizes

    provided you are sure that the file is safe , that is you have scanned it with your antivirus then open it

    even the antivirus updates and downloads and programs like adaware are do have a recognized digital sig according to SP2
     
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    Quite a bit of stuff you download will not be digitally signed. MS are really just warning you to be carefull. Scanning everything you download as you do is a good idea. Another good trick is do a google search for say "snapfiles problems" and if the site is dodgy you will more than likely find lots of info on it.
     
  4. marie500

    marie500 Thread Starter

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    Thanks to both for the info. There don't seem to be problems with that site (well, except it used to be named "webattack"!). Would there be any harm in disabling that SP2 download-warning-toolbar (I guess there's a way) and go back to getting downloads the way I used to?


    EDIT: Did you mean to say antivirus updates, etc. do NOT have a digital signature that SP2 recognizes? (Or that they do?)
     
  5. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    when I manualy download updates from NOD or Kapersky then they have NOT got a digital sig that SP2 recognizes

    in fact the only things I have found that SP2 will recognize are suprise suprise M$ files only

    But I have found if you use a different browser like Firefox then you don't get that annoying warning
    it only seems to happen in IE
     
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