Question by Hermann Jonsson: Why do I always get an .exe when I try to download video from usenet ?
I have tried to download videos from usenet and alwas get a exe file hidden in a rar file, is this a virus and if so is usenet useless because of viruses?
Answer by Mike Mcgee
A virus is a computer program that infects your computer and cause it to act sick. Most .exe are not viruses but trojans. Trojans are programs that create “back doors” so that bad people can use your computer for everything from stealing your identity and personal info like banks to using it as a zombie computer in attacking other computer systems. Downloading anything from anywhere, especially places like usenet, is useless until you learn how to judge what files are bad and what files are good. However even at that point it is like playing Russian roulette.
Now you should go and reformat your computer and never do that again.
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