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A program may initiate its own uninstall while running, or pass a remove-command to the Task Scheduler. It may run a small service (in a hierarchy of directories) to track events, time, even biometrics. This sort of behavior is often catalyzed by tertiary utilities such as backup. Conceivably, a similar series of events could be maliciously administered by ...


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With notepad it shouldn't, that's not certain. Like wise with an IDE, you could accidently click an execute/run button in an IDE. If you want to look into the contents of a code file that may potentially be a virus, use a good sandbox, or a virtual machine, better yet a vm preferably without any network protocals.


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If there is a vulnerability in the IDE or text viewer that the file is designed to exploit, then certainly. But that's a different kind of malware that you would get if the file was an executable that infected you when you ran it.


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You are actually opening the file in the browser. If the browser has a vulnerability that the file exploits, it is possible (though unlikely at this point) that you can get infected.


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Yes, it is absolutely possible for a zero day exploit to be used to infect an up-to-date device and root it. Its also absolutely possible for spyware to be installed that no anti-virus currently detects and that leaves no trace that an ordinary user would notice. Its also possible for malware to persist even after the device has been reset. However, these ...


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