Scan archives files
in order to resolve possible security issues before actual content
extraction is a common best practice when unpacking compressed files
from sources that cannot be trusted without a minimum degree of
verification - or if the archive file has been exposed to potential
treats in the process i.e. downloaded through an untrusted connection,
or stored on a server whose reliability cannot be verified, received by
mail as attachment.
PeaZip meets this security requirement integrating antivirus /
antimalware scan option
both from the filesystem (scan uncompressed files or entire archive
files before browsing them) and for files inside archives, allowing to
selected compressed files before extraction with anti-virus and
feature is especially useful when dealing with
as resident live antivirus scan cannot verify the content of the
archive until the password is provided and the content is accessible in
unencrypted form - making the archive manager application the first
line of defense for detecting those incoming threats.
PeaZip's "Open with" menu, available also inside archives, auto
configure itself to show option to open files / compressed files with
detected antivirus / antimalware software; following security programs
are supported - which means the application is automatically detected
and properly configured by PeaZip without requiring user manually
configuring the scan, which anyway is always possible *:
Moreover, PeaZip can open as archives most executable, dll and
installer files, and most document types (OpenDocuments ODF files, and
both classic MS Office formats and new Office Open XML formats),
allowing browsing and in-depth security scanning of embedded resources
to help finding
source of infection.
AVG Anti-Virus Free
ESET Smart Security
and ESET NOD32 Antivirus
Security Essentials (MSE) and Microsoft
* Organize > Applications (Alt+9) allows to integrate / remove /
modify custom applications in "Open with menu", scripting the options
to be passed to the executable program (or batch script).
This menu can obviously be used, alongside for security purpose, for
setting up custom favourite most used software to open selected files,
example Notepad, most common browsers, media players and image viewers
are auto-configured by PeaZip, and can be customized by end users.
External online resources: Antivirus
page; Avast, AVG, Avira, Comodo, ESET, Malwarebytes commercial
antivirus programs with free versions, ClamWin open
source antivirus, Spybot Search&Destroy
antimalware, VirusTotal online
meta-scanner employing multiple anti-malware and anti-virus engines.
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