*.dat file - virus? trojan?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by oerficus, Apr 20, 2002.

  1. oerficus

    oerficus OSNN Addict

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    Hi!
    A friend of mine came up to me asking me a question I couldn't answer him yesterday. So hopefully you can.
    When surfing through the web, suddenly a *.dat file cropped up on the desktop even though he wasn't downloading anything or so. So he asked me wether the file could be some kind of virus or trojan thing. I am not sure if it could be but I guess it would be too obvious placing such a file on the desktop of a computer.
    So what's your opinion? Could it be some kind of virus or trojan? Or what else could be the reason for the file being there?

    Thx in advance, Oerficus

    PS: I certainly hope I am making no fool of myself asking this :)
     
  2. MiseryQ

    MiseryQ Guest

    I just did some looking at sysmantec... I did not see any viriie that were or caused dat files...

    If he thinks it's a virus then a check is in oreder... Symantec and MicroTrendss do online scanning if he has no Av on his system...
     
  3. eGoalter

    eGoalter Guest

    who knows

    isnt a .dat file a microsoft office file format?did ya scan it?
     
  4. oerficus

    oerficus OSNN Addict

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