Dodgy download

  kevvyb 00:10 20 Feb 03
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I stupidly downloaded a file tonight from a website that gave very little information as to it's provenance.

The file was zipped with a double file extension .tar.gz

Is there any particular reason why such a file could be potentially unsafe (i.e. with a double file extension)?

I scanned the zip file for viruses with an up to date VS prior to unzipping it. The only thing is, when I did unzip it there were no unzipped files in the folder that I had selected.

  Taran 00:25 20 Feb 03

.tar.gz is a file compression system used on Linux/Unix computers and although the file type is safe, it's contents may or may not be. Think of it as the Linux/Unix version of a ZIP file, which is more or less what it is.

Since it is not intended for a Microsoft PC, you may struggle to open the file. Some compression software will allow you to access the contents while others will not.

Regards

Taran

  kevvyb 00:34 20 Feb 03

Thanks for that explanation Taran. Hopefully no harm done....

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