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Offline Michael1705

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Are my OneNote files on OneDrive scanned for malware??
« on: April 28, 2023, 01:51:56 PM »
I read a notice from Avast this morning about OneNote files being susceptible to malware. My OneNote files are stored on my OneDrive. Are those files scanned for malware? MY OneDrive is linked to  my desktop PC and I have a folder for it in my Windows Explorer, but it's not clear to me if Avast is scanning this folder.

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Re: Are my OneNote files on OneDrive scanned for malware??
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2023, 06:28:21 PM »
I don't use OneDrive, so I can't speak from personal experience.

The fact that your OneDrive may be 'linked' to your desktop, I think this is just a link to but not the actual file content - so my guess it wouldn't be scanning your OneDrive files as such.

Avast is an on-access antivirus, e.g. of you create, modify, open or run a file, OneNote or otherwise, it would be scanned at the time of creation/modification.  So that may also depend on the file type ( https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/openspecs/office_file_formats/ms-one/73d22548-a613-4350-8c23-07d15576be50 ), if considered susceptible to infection.

Even if you ran an on-demand scan on your OneDrive linked to your desktop PC, I think this more of a virtual drive.  So I can't say if Avast would be able to scan your OneDrive, presumably there would be protection against access to your OneDrive.  That said they should be scanned on creation/modification by the on-access scanners.
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