Will Ewido detect malware in zip files?

Discussion in 'other anti-trojan software' started by J.Redman, Jun 25, 2005.

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  1. J.Redman

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    Does anyone know if programs like Ewido [free version], and other popular anti-malware scanners, will [or should] detect malware that is not yet installed on your PC but are still in compressed .zip files or .exe installers? Mucho thankso.
     
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    Thanks Ronjor. So it sounds like Ewido free version won't detect malware that is zipped but will it detect .exe installer files that could contain malware? Or are they also considered archived? Thanks again.
     
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    Not sure. I'll move this to other anti-trojan software where someone might be able to answer that question.
     
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    Many installer files [executables] are just self-extracting .zip, .cab, or .rar files which extract their contents and then launch a setup program. If the free version cannot unpack .zip, .cab, or .rar archives, my guess would be it cannot unpack the self-extracting files [of .zip, .cab, or .rar format] either. :)

    Caveat: See fish's comments below this one: apparently they are adding that capability for future release of *free* edition. Meanwhile if you are concerned about a compound [packed, archived] installer-file, you can use WinZip, WinRAR, etc. to extract to a test directory and scan with the current version of the free ewido.
     
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    peter.ewido former ewido team

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    Exactly :) However, the free version of the upcoming ewido security suite 3.5 will be able to extract archives :)
     
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