Hi, does anybody know if you can get a virus or spyware via wmp? Recently when downloading audio or video content I have noticed that many files have had their file extensions changed from say .mpg to .mpg.wmv
When said content is then being played via wmp before the player starts to play the file a dialogue box opens saying a security download is needed!
Am i being over cautious? or is this a new way of proliferating virus's and spyware?
I would have thought it's possible. Do a scan of your machine with all the usual apps: AV, spyware, and see if Windows needs any updates - the latter in particular will tell you if there's a kosher update for Media Player.
Hi Kate thanks for the response, I have done as you suggested and my machine is completely up to date with all the latest patches, I have also run spybot, adaware, spyware blaster, and Microsoft antispyware all with a clean bill of health. My virus scanner is up to date and after a full system scan reports no hidden nasties. I am running the latest version of wmp, but I am still unsure as to whether to click on the ok to download the "security update" that I am prompted to do before I can play these files.
It seems tyhat a trigger can be built into an MPG or wmv file which can launch a website, and I assume that once the website is open you can be 'attacked' by a whole lot of stuff. I use sygate firewall and don't alow WMP to access the internet unless I allow it.