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jrwatson

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Can't scan - decompression bomb
« on: May 09, 2005, 01:48:46 AM »
I just ran a scan with Avast and upon completion, the "Results of Scan" listed a bunch of Avast files that it was "unable to scan", which I don't understand, but it doesn't bother me. What does bother me was one file that said it was "unable to scan: the file is a decompression bomb". :-[

Can someone tell me what a "decompression bomb"  is and should it be a cause for concern? If so what should I do about it??

Thanks in advance for your advice!!

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Re: Can't scan - decompression bomb
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2005, 02:01:41 AM »
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Re: Can't scan - decompression bomb
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2005, 02:03:02 AM »
decompression bombs are some files with false extension: seems like little files, few kbs, but - when are opened - causes a chain of reactions that overload the system resources until the pc crashes down.

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Re: Can't scan - decompression bomb
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2005, 02:04:09 AM »
Use the "search" button here on the forums. You'll find tons of infos.

Here's one thread about it : http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=8943.0