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Aachen

can a .avi or .mpg file be infected by a virus or spyware?

ps: i'm not talking about .avi.exe files, but real video files ;)

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cacoe

Wrong section. But in a very very very round about way, they could be if your media player has an exploit, but generally, no.

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Borbus

AVI files can contain a media link to websites at certain timecodes... It's been a long while since I used AVI, though.

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-Alex-

In a way, yes they can. If the movie has DRM and (for example) Media player connects to a website to get the DRM authentication, that website can download rubbish to your PC. Seen it done before with pr0n movies :ninja:

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cacoe

That would be WMA files...

As far as I'm aware, mpg and avi files are not capable of drm?

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CelticWhisper

I second Kalkal's assertion. I've never seen executable code embedded in an AVI or MPEG file in such a way that it can be arbitrarily executed (steganographic tech doesn't count, obviously, since you have to extract the binary first).

Avoid WMA/WMV files, and it should go without saying to avoid anything using any kind of DRM, and you should be fine.

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