Originally posted by xtacydima
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Scan it with several anti-virus programs or through an on line scan. if ALL come back with positive results then chances are its safe. I think you are being too paranoid.
You may not be aware of this, but the AV companies do cooperate when they pick the more dangerous, more likely viruses to protect against. They do some on their own, of course, but there is a lot of cooperation among them.
That means there's a lot of overlap among the various AV programs. Meaning the rarer viruses are still likely not going to be detected. Even if you run 5 virus scanners I doubt you'd be checking for even 50% of the known viruses.
And as I said, AV programs are not going to detect malicious code that isn't a virus. A program that's been patched to delete your files (or something more sneaky) isn't going to be detected because if it doesn't replicate then it's not a virus and is outside of the scope of an AV program.
Same is true for many trojans, for that matter.
A LOT of newbies think that AV scanners are the ultimate in security against malicious stuff (whether viruses, trojans, or other malicious or buggy programming) and it just isn't so.
If you want security to test a program, the only way to be sure is to run it on a seperate computer or inside a virtual computer. (The free Bochs pc emulator usually works well enough to do that.)
As for me being paranoid...
Well, remember, I was originally asking about the Deamon tools web site, not the program.
But still, I've been involved in computers for 20 years now. (Yeah, since the days of 8 bit micros and BASIC in ROM. I remember when 16k was considered a lot of memory. I've been using computers longer than some of you readers have been alive!)
I've seen a lot of things. I've seen a lot of warez stuff that was not what it claimed to be.
I've known people (back in the days of dial-up BBSing), who would write viruses (or try to, their skills were rather pathetic). People who were quite willing to pass off dangerous code as something that was safe and fun to use.
The internet hasn't magically changed people into nice honest folk.
I'm not afraid of virsues. I can do more damage to my system all by myself than even the most dangerous virus could even fantasize about. In fact, over the years, I have done a lot of damage to my own system all by myself, without any help from a virus.
But I'm still rather pleased with myself that in all my years of computing, I have never been hit by a virus (except for those that I've tested deliberately.)
Those programs on FileMirrors may indeed be legit programs, but at the very least, it does raise the question of why the file sizes were different among files that should be the same?
If they are they are indeed the same program, then why are they different sizes? It's possible the distributor just stuck an advertisement into the file. But it's also possible they did something else instead.