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Resitance to Download Executables (EXE).

allsas Are AEB executables scanned for virsuses by ISP's, download utilities, , Firewalls, Virsus detection utilities, malware scanners, Spyware scanners, etc. to insure that an executable can be downloaded w/o corrupting the users computer?     .....?.....

I posted the address (http://cid-1ddbf9934fb1a908.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/RZ-PROjects%20Current%20Products/1st%20Pens%20Turned%20Using%20SWAG%20SShopSmith%20Accessories.exe) for an executable but "no one" on the forum would download the executable (http://www.shopsmith.net/forums/showthread.htm?t=5521&highlight=SWAG)   see posts 2 through 6 to view their responses. (Ignore the reference to the Sony Rootkit debacle which bypassed ISP, Download processors, and firewalls by arriving on a CD that Music purchasers bought and inserted directly into their computers. )

There appear to be comprehensive checks on executables when they are compiled (http://www.ebookfriends.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard/topic.cgi?forum=1&topic=878). It is my opinion that ISP's routinely check executables for malware and virsuses. The executable is stores on MSN Skydrive, a MSN server, which may be scanned thoroughly and frequently to prevent outbreaks. Skydrive displays a message "Downloading this file type (.exe) can potentially harm your computer.  I assume that the forum members receive additional generic cautionary messages about downloading executables but not a message that this specific EXE has a virsus.

STYMIED...............................................& FRUSTRATED.

Posted on: 12:48 am on April 8, 2010
rlemire allsas;
Activ E-Book executables (like all "exe" files) are routinely checked to ensure they are safe. The degree of successful checking depends on the program doing the checking.

What is your point?
Why are you STYMIED.......& FRUSTRATED


Posted on: 6:04 pm on April 24, 2010
allsas Is it just my target audience that is so cautious about downloading AEP executables?

Explaing what the EXE contains does not seem to encourage them to download the file. I know when the cautioary messages are generic ad when they are the result of a firewall screeing. Most users do not and stop at the first cautionary, generic message.    

Frustrated that EXE files are not downloaded, and stymied by this barrier to distributing the EXE's.

(Edited by allsas at 6:06 am on April 25, 2010)

Posted on: 5:56 am on April 25, 2010
rlemire allsas;

The resistance by consumers to download "exe" files is not confined to AEP executables.

The reluctance to download any "exe" files is the natural result of consumer experience with Viruses and Trojans.

Every PC software or eBook merchant has the same problem. Some consumers are so paranoid that they lock down their PCs until nothing can get through. All a merchant can do is promise their software is virus free and hope that their target audience is open to take a chance.

One unfortunate problem with "paranoid" consumers is that -- when they "check" a box to prevent a virus download -- they later forget what they did and don't know how to bypass that security feature.

There is no point in being frustrated by this problem (it doesn't do any good) -- just accept it as a part of doing business on the Internet -- or go work in your flower garden.


Posted on: 2:03 am on April 26, 2010
5thWitch12 Thanks for the links. It seems interesting to me.

Posted on: 7:26 am on November 16, 2010

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