Windows 10: Serious Issue: How to know if a website is safe?

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  1.    13 Sep 2016 #11

    Thanks!

    Other than "virustotal.com" is there another way I can check that the file is safe before I download it???

    Of course I've got my Windows 10 Pro PC fully updated, but if I download it to my local PC HDD there's still a risk of my PC being infected without me even opening the file right?
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  2. Posts : 824
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       14 Sep 2016 #12

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks!

    Other than "virustotal.com" is there another way I can check that the file is safe before I download it???
    The VT link I provided was only for the site, the URL, not for the software.
    You would need to upload the actual file to VT to analyze the setup file after you have extracted it (IOW do not submit the archive/zip file).


    Of course I've got my Windows 10 Pro PC fully updated, but if I download it to my local PC HDD there's still a risk of my PC being infected without me even opening the file right?
    @simrick provided advice about how to verify the installer, once it's downloaded and extracted.
    And you can submit it to virustotal, and you can scan it with your AV.
    She'll likely have additional advice for you.
    (A dose of situational awareness and hesitation when downloading any file from the internet is not a bad thing these days.)

    I mean no disrespect, but, why do you need Prime95?
    Are you planning on overclocking?
    It can be a good way to wreck a system, if not undertaken with great care and expertise.
    <just asking>

    Cheers,
    MM
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  3.    14 Sep 2016 #13

    Thanks!

    What do you mean by this?:
    The VT link I provided was only for the site, the URL, not for the software.
    Yes, I plan to overclock my CPU.
    What's the best set of steps I should follow before installing the software to my Windows 10 PC?

    What does "IOW" stand for?
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  4. Posts : 824
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       14 Sep 2016 #14

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks!

    What do you mean by this?:
    Virustotal has a separate process for evaluating the safety of a WEBSITE (URL) vs. evaluating the safety of a FILE.
    I submitted only the URL for the website you posted. The analysis of the URL suggests that the site itself is clean.
    That does not mean that the software itself that you might download from that site is safe.

    I did not download, extract or submit for analysis the Prime95 software file itself.
    In order to evaluate the file, you would need to download the zip @simrick provided the link to do that), then extract the executable file, and then analyze it by one or more of several different means before you run it/install it: comparing the file hashes, submitting the file to VT, scanning with your AV, etc.

    What's the best set of steps I should follow before installing the software to my Windows 10 PC?
    Please re-read @simrick's replies for advice.

    What does "IOW" stand for?
    IOW = In Other Words.

    Cheers,
    MM
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  5.    14 Sep 2016 #15

    Thank you very much for your help!!!

    So the best way for me to be safe is to download the .ZIP file then extract it then upload the .EXE installer file to VT?
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       14 Sep 2016 #16

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    I'm sorry to be creating a thread as I know this community is really busy, but I tried searching and I didn't know what else to do.

    I just want to know how I can check if this website is safe to download from.

    I want to download this app, but I don't know how I can verify if it's safe or not. Link: GIMPS - Free Prime95 software downloads - PrimeNet

    Thank you for any help!
    A general tip - you can use the Chrome plugin WOT to check web site security. Always virus check any file you down load. Some antivirus programs have useful features. I use Kaspersky anti virus which has URL Advisor and you can use the Kaspersky Application Advisor to check the file hash and reported reliability of that file.
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       14 Sep 2016 #17

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks!

    Other than "virustotal.com" is there another way I can check that the file is safe before I download it???

    Of course I've got my Windows 10 Pro PC fully updated, but if I download it to my local PC HDD there's still a risk of my PC being infected without me even opening the file right?
    Hi.
    I can't think of any way to verify the file is clean *before* you download it. Once it's been downloaded to your machine, you should scan the zip file with your anti-virus (Defender or whatever you're using) and also Malwarebytes Antimalware (free). I would scan *before* you unzip, to be safe. If there is anything malicious in the zip file, it should be identified as soon as the scan accesses the file.

    If you've never run Prime95 before, and are looking to investigate overclocking on your system, I would suggest starting a thread here, and get some help from the experts:
    PC Custom Builds and Overclocking - Windows 10 Forums
    It can be a touchy thing, and you can totally bork your system if you don't know what you're doing.
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  8.    14 Sep 2016 #18

    Setting your end to open DNS can help as it block's dodgy sites and it faster than your normal DNS
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  10. Posts : 12,432
    W10Prox64
       16 Sep 2016 #20

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Again, I will reiterate what I said earlier:

    If you've never run Prime95 before, and are looking to investigate overclocking on your system, I would suggest starting a thread here, and get some help from the experts:
    PC Custom Builds and Overclocking - Windows 10 Forums
    It can be a touchy thing, and you can totally bork your system if you don't know what you're doing.
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