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    Is there any way I can get infected ...?

    By things such as image files and video files(.AVI) ?
    YES,this sounds like a stupid question but I heard somewhere that you can,and I really want to be sure.

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    Infected? Could you be a little more specific? You mean like your computer getting infected by a virus via an image of a movie?
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    Yes,that's exactly what I meant.

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    No, you need to have an executable code format to be infected, raw data (such as a .JPG or .AVI) can't harm you.

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    Windows by default hides extensions, however. If you have something like cousinsbaby.jpg.scr, then that can infect you.

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    Yes,I see...

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    There's an old paper about that here:
    http://www.geocities.com/floydian_99/invisible.html

    I think sp2 has addressed those issues, and the media player automatically checks for this...
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    The answer is YES. You can indeed get viruses from items like images that shouldn't contain any executable code. The techniques are difficult to find, hard to use and very "implementation" specific but it is possible and a very small subject of the overall virus population was set up to use that as it's speading vector. To my knowledge there have been no serious outbreaks or viruses that use these techniques but they are still possible.
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    Actually there was an outbreak of a rather widespread GIF-transmitted virus on Win16 systems in Netscape 2.0. That's the latest I've heard spread through static or animated graphics. I don't know about the more interactive movie players and vector graphics formats, they might be capable of doing some real damage if they don't sandbox their environment well enough.
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    Yes you can get infected as there are many programs about that are able to spoof file types

    e.g. virus.exe ... could be changes to
    picture.jpg ... which would look innocent

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    The only "special program" you need is Windows!

    Right-click > Rename

    Change .exe to .jpg and there you go...

    Some "special" program. More like "takes the short bus to school" special.

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    That's not terribly significant; the associated graphics program would just throw up an error dialog
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    Yah true. Wasn't thinking...

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    though you can get some "special programs" that change the extention to .gif and associate a picture with it so when it is opened it opens the pic then just runs the virus in the background
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    See this just released MS security bulletin: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS04-028.mspx
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