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    BASIC files

    System Mechanic 6 flags a *.bas file as a 'dangerous file type association'. I have one in OmniPage Pro 14 and loads of them in Hardocpy, both of which are registered programs.

    Can someone explain the risk and offer any advice? I rarely use Hardcopy and can leave it as an installable executable, to be installed when I need it, or I might simply choose to ignore the assessment of the utility.

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    Re: BASIC files

    I'll hazard a guess and say that it's probably because BASIC files can be executed, and extending this thought process that also means that they could contain malicious code that could be executed.

    Even so, I find it dubious that they would be used as an attack vector. But good security software will alert you anyway, so it's probably not bad that it's flagging these files. So long as YOU know what they are then I think any risk is mitigated. Were it me, I'd ignore the utility's assessment.
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    Re: BASIC files

    If you associate .BAS files with a program that will simply display them, such as Notepad or WordPad, and make that the default "whoops I double-clicked it" action, you should be fine.

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