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Old December 23rd 06, 11:37 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
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Default Thank you.

"BoaterDave" wrote in message
Shenan - I appreciate you coming back to me yet again (I'm sure you must
be busy with other things, so thanks)

Perhaps you didn't read my response to Michael where I said:-

"My basic understanding now is that, as a 'bat' file is not a 'virus' per
it would (probably) not be picked up by an anti-virus programme. However,
suspect that if such a file was surepticiously placed on one's PC, it
issue commands to make one's PC do just about anything, including being
to make adjustments to, in my case, NIS 2006.

If I'm right about this (and I recognise that I may have got it wrong yet
again!) unless one specifically seeks out a suspicious 'bat' file, one's
could apparently be working normally whilst, at the same time, be acting
a 'zombie' for unscrupulous persons unknown. (Perhaps that is what my
'script kiddie' meant - he's no academic, that's for sure!)"

A BAT file can't run by itself. You might as well say that EXE and DLL
files are suspicious. They could be placed on the computer by something
else and do something nasty when run. There is no way that they are
inherently dangerous and certainly are not as dangerous as SCR files, which
may be screen savers but also may be script files.

Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
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