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[www].<a href="http://linkhitlist.com/cgi" target="_blank">linkhitlist.com/cgi</a> /LHL_E.<b>exe</b>?SLHL&ListNo=53058712108 <<<< IS THIS <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>FOR EXAMPLE</b></span> SAFE TO CLICK ON? <i>(this of course is the full url [www]. is simply to unparse it to show the full url incidentally!!)</i><br><br><br><br>
So take this for example.... I am searching for some wallpaper, just casually and come across a link like this, no uncommon I'm sure, but as seen in this link the "EXE" is midway in the link, does that make it any safer than having "EXE" at the end of a link??<br><br><br><br>
This has had me interested for a long time now but I've never this answered yet personally.... so anyone know?..... Maybe both are EXEcutable RISKS (possibly with malware) and thus carry a risk, not matter where the "EXE" appears?? WHAT IS THE RULE ??
 

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I think if it is an .exe file that will run on your computer, your browser will pop-up a dialog box asking if you want to run it. As long as you don't answer "yes", there shouldn't be a problem. However, in this particular case I think it's a file that will run on the server, and therefore you won't get the pop-up, and obviously it's not a security concern for you.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Indian Summer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think it's a file that will run on the server, and therefore you won't get the pop-up, and obviously it's not a security concern for you.</div>
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So assuming its usually always that part of what you say as the likely case, in my twisted interpretation that means its not an '''obvious''' security concern, thats exactly my point really but you are confident in saying its OBVIOUSLY NOT A CONCERN, but confident HOW?<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><span style="font-size:medium;">+</span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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Well, let me put it this way: If you click on a link that leads to downloading an .exe file, your browser will by default, (at least if assuming you're using Firefox or IE,) ask if you want to run the file. A browser that is *not* designed in a way that asks before running .exe files is a very badly designed piece of software.<br><br><br><br>
Err, does that answer your question?
 

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So will FireFox by default setting do this safeguard check with me? Even if at all IE in the manner it does this, the question of "exe" in the midst of urls still puzzles me!! URLs with "exe" on the <i>end</i> are more obvious likelyhoods of threats arn't they?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>VA~goth~UK</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So will FireFox by default setting do this safeguard check with me? Even if at all IE in the manner it does this, the question of "exe" in the midst of urls still puzzles me!! URLs with "exe" on the <i>end</i> are more obvious likelyhoods of threats arn't they?</div>
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Yes, Firefox will by default ask.<br><br>
I agree, URLs with .exe on the end are more obvious. Although, I think in principle almost any URL, regardless of its ending (e.g. .html, .cgi, .php, or just /) can offer a file for the browser to download.
 

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well whilst being more obvious at the end, it doesn't make "exe" any <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><i>less of a risk</i></span> if its mid way along in the url surely!!!!!!! ??
 

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It's never a risk unless you run it. That's when bad things can happen.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Indian Summer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think in principle almost any URL, regardless of its ending (e.g. .html, .cgi, .php, or just /) can offer a file for the browser to download</div>
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hmmmmm....<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Indian Summer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
or just /</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Indian Summer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think in principle almost any URL, regardless of its ending (e.g. .html, .cgi, .php, or just /) can offer a file for the browser to download</div>
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hmmmmm^^^ Yeah, I suppose.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Indian Summer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
or just /</div>
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EXE !!!!!!!!!! ARRRRRHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!! ....j/k
 

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I like that google tries to prevent our stupidity getting us into trouble!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.google.co.uk/support/bin/answer.py?answer=45449&topic=360&hl=en&sa=X&oi=malwarewarninglink&resnum=3&ct=help" target="_blank">http://www.google.co.uk/support/bin/...snum=3&ct=help</a>
 
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