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Problems down loading a file

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by mfackler, May 19, 2006.

  1. mfackler

    mfackler

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    When I attempt to Unzip THIS file I get a message telling me it's not a valid archive. I have contacted the sight and they advise the file on there server is OK. If someone could spare a minute can you please attempt to down load and see what you find. Possiblely e-mail me the zip file? Any ideas on what else to try? I have used 2 PCs and DL Winzip 10. All other DL are fine. Only having a problem w/ this one.

    Thanks in advance

    Mike
     
  2. David_G17

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    it opened fine for me with windows xp's native unzip program.

    edit: worked with winzip 9 as well.

    also worked with 7-zip.

    try 7-zip http://www.7-zip.org/
     

  3. mfackler

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    This is strange. I tryed that too and it still didn't work. I think my Down Load is somehow crupting the file??? I just PMed you my e-mail. Would you mind sending me the zip file?


    Thanks

    Mike
     
  4. David_G17

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    i'll do better than that, after i get off work - tonight, i'll host the unzipped files.
     
  5. mfackler

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    Thanks anyway. I got it to work. Seems the AV software on my firewall (copfilter) was messing up the DL. I disabled it and it worked fine. Still not 100% sure why?? but thank you for your time.


    Mike
     
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    no problem.

    that's good to know; i never would have thought of that as a potential cause, but it makes sense because a lot of viruses are transmitted using zip files.
     
  7. malkore

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    yeah, several viruses are masked as .zip files. .jpg is a common one anymore too.
     
  8. Furant

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    <dons dunce hat>
    That's one that I've heard before, but I'm not sure I buy it. Zip files, perhaps you could convince me, because they might hold executables or be self-extracting, etc. (but then it's the contents, not the ZIP). But how would a JPG tranmit a virus?
    Typically you're opening them into an editor or a viewer. Images aren't executable, right? (well, except for MS's little snafu with WMFs and ActiveX :upeyes: )

    I'm just curious. Many, many years of computing, networking and BBSing and the only thing I've ever gotten was an early Word Macro virus.

    Joey
     
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  10. Furant

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    Thanks fastvfr.

    Makes sense. At least the black hats still don't directly execute code from some type of nonexecutable file. I still have that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that I don't open any unexpected attachments, don't visit nefarious websites and don't install software from P2P networks :cool:. And I constantly search for viruses, malware, spyware and keep an eye out for any new running processes.