Infectable Objects Part Four- Viruses in Archive Files and Compressed Files

by Robert Vibert
Sept. 19, 2017 0 comments Symantec

No matter how quickly the speed of the Internet increases, we still find it convenient to compress files before we send them. Once a file is compressed, however, it becomes harder for a virus scanner to find any virus that may be lurking inside it. This challenge - peering inside the various compression and archival formats to discover the viruses hidden there - has not gotten easier over time. This article will discuss the implications of utilizing various forms of file compression on virus protection. To properly understand this aspect of files that can contain viruses, we need to distinguish between archive files and compressed files, particularly compressed executable files.