Can a virus infect the PC via right click?

  1. Posts : 36

    Can a virus infect the PC via right click?

    Say for example i have an executable on my desktop which might be a virus.
    Running it could obviously harm my system, but what if i just rightklick the file without running it?
    Can rightklicking a virus somehow activate it? Could the rightklick make use of a zeroday exploit or anything similar?
    What if i where to rightklick and open the file properties tab to find out more details about the potenital virus, could this be dangerous?
    I've asked myself this question for a while, is the rightklick safe?
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  2. Posts : 18,044
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install

    Hello @Irethel,

    Why take the chance ?

    You should really FIRST check the integrity of the file at > VirusTotal

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 254
    Win 10, Win 7 & KDE Neon

    If you have any doubts, don't touch it and drag it to the wastebasket to delete it.

    What makes you think it's a virus? was it flagged by AntiVirus/Defender? Like Paul Black states, why take the chance?
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  4. Posts : 352
    Windows 11 Home (x64) Version 23H2

    I agree, you can run it through Windows Security also !! Scan an item with Windows Security
    To scan specific files or folders, right-click the ones you want then select Scan with Microsoft Defender. ...
    To turn on Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows Security, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection. !
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  5. Posts : 9,788
    Mac OS Catalina

    Even dragging a file to the trash can trigger it to run if it is shadowing as malware.
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  6. Posts : 36
    Thread Starter

    Judging from the replys it seems, yes a virus can be triggered even by just inspecting the file.
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  7. Posts : 23,196
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4291 (x64) [22H2]

    Irethel said:
    Judging from the replys it seems, yes a virus can be triggered even by just inspecting the file.

    This is true.

    Generally... it's hoped that whatever virus protection you have, will "notice" if it's a virus or not.
    But some viruses are so new, that your antivirus program may not "know" about it yet.
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  8. Posts : 42,963
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    I used to have a rt click option to submit files to Virustotal....

    Here's how:
    Releases . SamuelTulach/VirusTotalUploader . GitHub
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