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If you have a virus, format the machine totally. If the image you're restoring from doesn't have the virus it's fine to proceed. If another hard drive may be infected, you need to do the same thing - nuke it and restore from back ups. If the virus is on the network then you still essentially do the same thing. Disconnect network, nuke everything and ...


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Setting for this prompt is found in "Start Menu" > "Internet Options" > "Security" > (Internet) > "Custom level..." > "Launching applications and unsafe files" > choose one of the following options; Disable Enable Prompt (recommended) UAC settings also plays a role in preventing files from running.


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"could this technically have harmed my PC?" YES, it was an executable which was loaded into memory and running under your user account with your permissions, possibly even elevated as an installer. Whether it did or not, who knows? But it was delivered under shady circumstances (file name redirection; leveraging the "hide extensions default"), and is ...


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It really depends on a lot of things. What do you use to view the email with and is your pc's security up-to-date? Have you installed all relative updates? If an email has malicious code attached in it that abuses a security flaw it is possible for a virus to be downloaded and installed by just viewing the email. If your system is up-to-date with a recent ...


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If the body of the email is HTML then it depends on your email client. In the old days, we used to use Javascript when sending HTML newsletters and (from memory) MS Outlook 2000 (or prior) who accept it. I know MS Outlook (desktop), Thunderbird, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com (I think pretty much all the big players) will prevent any javascript from executing ...



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