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turning off .exe, .mp3, etc on the file name

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bucsaa18, Jan 24, 2006.

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  1. bucsaa18

    bucsaa18 Thread Starter

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    I don't know how to do this. And example is like Rock n' Roll Ain't Noise pollution.mp3 in the filename. or document1.doc, with the .doc appearing after the name. how do i turn this off?
     
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    start\control panel\folder options\view\check hide extensions of known filetypes
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    However, I recommend against doing this. One of the ways that spyware/malware infects your machine is by disguising themselves as something else. With the file extensions turned off, they frequently succeed without you knowing how it happened.

    One of the first steps I take on a new install is to display all file extensions and hidden files.
     
  4. Colossus610

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    I agree fully with his statement, as I do the exact same thing on new systems, if you download a file named example.mp3.exe, Windows by default will hide that last ".exe" so all you see is .mp3 and accordingly click on it thinking it's some music file, when it actually an executable file that will do who knows what.

    Why the need to hide the extension?
     
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    Let me toss my voice in as well. Your system security is substantially enhanced - and the liklihood of you being fooled and doing something you will regret is greatly reduced - when the file extensions are visible.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    Bring 'em on, pile on here! :D
     
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