Can all files types get a virus?

  cdb 23:22 25 Oct 04

Or are any, pictures for example immune? I'm just wondering if I can speed up my virus search by not scanning pictures or music for example.

  stalion 00:03 26 Oct 04

you need to scan all files there are viruses now incoporated in to jpegs

  GANDALF <|:-)> 08:20 26 Oct 04

In theory, practice it is quite rare if you have a decent AV. Personally I never set a virus scan and rely on AVG free to do its' job...which it does.


  cdb 17:28 26 Oct 04

Well, I have Norton and it seems to do the job.
Guess I'll just have to start watching telly when I set the virus scan.
Cheers guys.

  bertiecharlie 17:37 26 Oct 04


I can only speak for Norton Anti-virus 2003 but on the odd occasion I do a scan with it, I just minimise it and carry on using the computer.

  Tycho 17:59 26 Oct 04

I would have agreed with Gandalf until three weeks ago. I always have AVG loaded and running and update at least once a fortnight and immediatley if a virus scare hits the news. AVG has detected lots of viruses in mail, but only one virus in a scan. That was three weeks ago and I suppose that AVG destroyed it OK, bhut it was there and AVG had not detected it as it arrived. It was infecting a file in my daughter's "Documents and settings" folder so she might have brought it in ion a floppy.

Keep scanning.


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