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tarmagon
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:45 pm    Post subject: Virus notice Reply with quote

I have tried to download it from openoffice.org 4 times and while it downloads without
incident my problem is when I try to open it. I get a notice telling me its an
executable file and could contain a virus or any other malicious code that
could harm my comp.

Needless to say I dont want to run the risk and continue. Is Vista the problem
or is there more to worry about? I would like to try open office but this
notice has me rethinking that idea.

Thank you
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Vista is just being overly cautious. Viruses are often transferred via .exe files. The OOo installer is an .exe file. Therefore, Vista warns that there is a possibility that the installer is a virus. That doesn't mean that Vista has found a virus in the file (it doesn't have that capability), just that it thinks that the possiblity exists. You will probably get a similar warning anytime you download a program install file.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:26 am    Post subject: Re: Virus notice Reply with quote

tarmagon wrote:
I have tried to download it from openoffice.org 4 times and while it downloads without
incident my problem is when I try to open it. I get a notice telling me its an
executable file and could contain a virus or any other malicious code that
could harm my comp.

Needless to say I dont want to run the risk and continue. Is Vista the problem
or is there more to worry about? I would like to try open office but this
notice has me rethinking that idea.

Thank you


Almost certainly a paranoid Vista. However just as a precaution you could run a MD5sum check on the download. I think the main OOo site has a pointer to how to do this.
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