is the copying a virus on hard disk the same of executing it ?

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by protocol, Jun 28, 2011.

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  1. protocol

    protocol Registered Member

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    hi, as said in the title I'd like to know if copying a virus/malware, or just an infected file, is the same of executing it.
     
  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    No. It is spreading it instead
     
  3. protocol

    protocol Registered Member

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    Maybe I didn't correctly explain the "problem", If I make a backup of some important files, 30-40GB but I don't notice a virus/infected file among the other ones, can this virus/file execute its code if I only copy it without opening it.
     
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    hpmnick Registered Member

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    not unless it uses some sort of unpatched vulnerability, like the .lnk exploit... but I guess technically, its still being executed. Copying an infected file is not going to do anything. Until its executed, it is completely inert.
     
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    thanks a lot to both of you !!;)
     
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