I have a video file on my Drive which is very old but I am not sure whether it's infected or not. Is it safe to view this MP4 on Google Drive (no downloading only viewing it in the Drive app)?

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    We couldn't possibly know what the completely unknown virus might do.
    – schroeder
    Nov 24, 2021 at 21:29
  • 1) If in doubt, don't download the file or view it. 2) Use a safe environment such as a virtual machine with up-to-date antivirus installed, and then scan the file. Also, see @schroeder's comment and answer. Nov 24, 2021 at 22:35

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The file will be downloaded to your machine's temporary files and viewed with a viewer in your browser (the Drive app). If there is a vulnerability in your browser, there is a chance that your machine will be infected.

If you are using an up-to-date browser, and since the file would have an old virus, if any, you have a low chance of infection.

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