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"Snippets" are mini-articles - they allow me to very quickly add answers to your frequently asked questions, and add brief explanations for topics that you've searched for without success. So, everytime you send an email or perform a search, chances are a new snippet will be the result!

21 Dec: Are there viruses in my downloads? Of course not!

Here's an email I got recently from Bop BeBop:

For your knowledge - if you don't already know this: I downloaded the file, and my virus protection reported that it has a virus in:

I have F-Secure 5.30

Thanks Bop. I don't know if you realize, but text files cannot have viruses. The ASP and src files in the zip file are simple text. Please be assured that it is not possible to contract viruses in any way from these files. Your F-Secure virus scanner is just being cautious, probably because those files contain script that sends email. They are probably correct to do so!

(Note: there is an Access database in the zip file too - I concede that it is possible for a virus to be hiding in there. However, I can only say that there isn't!)

Having said all that, the ASP files in there are (of course) scripts, designed for you to run on your machine. That is the whole point. So although there is absolutely no way for a virus to hide in them you will be trusting that my code in the scripts does your computer no harm.

How can I answer that? Well, short of some minor fixes that aren't added to the zip file until the next major change, the zip file contains the same files that run the CoverYourASP site. Literally, I just zip them up for you.

The only files not the same are the database and include/config.asp files - for obvious reasons I can't give you these that contain the confidential email addresses of my members.

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