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Windows 7: Inspecting .exe files

20 Jan 2012   #1
bingefeller

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 
Inspecting .exe files

Hey guys,

What programs do you guys use if you want to inspect an exe file? Is there something out that will analyse it and tell me if the file is of a risk to my system?


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20 Jan 2012   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

any anti-virus program should allow you to scan any file.

which AV software are you using?

when you right-click on an exe file, do you see an option like 'scan for viruses' or similar?

alternatively you can upload any dodgy looking file to an online checker such as virustotal, which runs the files through a series of AV engines and reports back a score of un-trustworthiness - 0/41 means it's clean, while 41/41 means get rid of the file now!
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20 Jan 2012   #3
bingefeller

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
any anti-virus program should allow you to scan any file.

which AV software are you using?

when you right-click on an exe file, do you see an option like 'scan for viruses' or similar?

alternatively you can upload any dodgy looking file to an online checker such as virustotal, which runs the files through a series of AV engines and reports back a score of un-trustworthiness - 0/41 means it's clean, while 41/41 means get rid of the file now!
Hi Mickey,

I actually mean like something that will let me see the contents of the exe file and will tell me what it will install on my system before I actually install it.
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20 Jan 2012   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i'm not quite sure what you mean, all you'll see is a bunch of gibberish hexadecimal data, like this



it will be nothing that anybody could read nor understand - except for a computer.

if this is what you are looking for, you'll need a hex editor - some googling should find you one.
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20 Jan 2012   #5
ReviverSoft

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

As suggested above, using an anti-virus program is your best bet. Just select the file, right-click and choose to scan with your anti-virus program.

Quote:
I actually mean like something that will let me see the contents of the exe file
Contents? it would just be code/hexa data as shown above.

But if you would still like to try: FlexHex , WinHex, HexWorkshop , FileAlyzer (offers a readout of the file's contents)
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20 Jan 2012   #6
Nightreaper

Win 7 64bit Desktop/Win 7 32bit Laptop
 
 

Hi,

If I have an exe file and want to know the contents I try to extract them with a small program called Universal Extractor, you can find it here Universal Extractor | LegRoom.net
I prefer to use the portable version myself (UniExtract Binary Archive).

If that fails then I tend to install said program inside a sandbox, this gives me the opportunity to delete its contents and keep my install safe

Sandboxie can be found here Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing

It goes without saying to always AV scan your downloads before opening/running them .

Hope this helps .

Nightreaper.
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20 Jan 2012   #7
bingefeller

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nightreaper View Post
Hi,

If I have an exe file and want to know the contents I try to extract them with a small program called Universal Extractor, you can find it here Universal Extractor | LegRoom.net
I prefer to use the portable version myself (UniExtract Binary Archive).

If that fails then I tend to install said program inside a sandbox, this gives me the opportunity to delete its contents and keep my install safe

Sandboxie can be found here Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing

It goes without saying to always AV scan your downloads before opening/running them .

Hope this helps .

Nightreaper.
Sandboxie looks interesting, I'll have to have a further look into that one
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