Can a virus infect the PC via right click?  


  1. Posts : 11
    windows10
       #1

    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?
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 17,392
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #2

    Hello @Irethel,

    Why take the chance ?

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

    I hope this helps.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 239
    Win 10, Win 7 & KDE Neon
       #3

    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?
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 211
    Windows 11 Home (x64) Version 2004 (OS Build 19041.329
       #4

    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. !
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 9,261
    Mac OS Catalina
       #5

    Even dragging a file to the trash can trigger it to run if it is shadowing as malware.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 11
    windows10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Judging from the replys it seems, yes a virus can be triggered even by just inspecting the file.
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 20,203
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.2728 (x64) [22H2]
       #7

    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.
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 38,770
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

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

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


 

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:22.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums