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Can we get infected by copying & pasting

Posted on 2016-09-05
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I used to download PDF & html pages & have several cases where there's
Adobe exploits & HTML infected pages.

If I'm browsing the Internet on a Linux desktop & do copy of the html or
PDF pages & then paste it into my Windows Word doc, will my Windows
Word doc get infected from the pasting?

It's not crucial if the Linux is infected, so long as my Windows PC is not.
I know of test virus files containing special characters that just by
pasting, we could pass the test 'malicious characters' over but will
such transmission of malware happen with actual malwares if being
copy & pasted?
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Question by:sunhux
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If you are copying and pasting text only, then no, you will not get a virus doing this.

If you are copying an image from the PDF and if that image is infected, then it is possible to get a virus this way.

I only use PDF files from reliable sources.
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by:rindi
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Copy and pasting itself won't infect anything. But if you copy and paste an infected file, then run it on the Windows PC, it can run it's malicious code and get the PC infected.
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by:sunhux
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No, I'm not copy a file by copy & paste but the content of a html or
content of pdf (from Linux web browser) & then paste into say my
Windows Word : will this get infected?

I'm not doing a copy from Linux's Explorer (if there's one) to Windows
Explorer : I'm blocking this
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by:rindi
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If the content of what you are copying contains a script with malware, that script can still be executed on your Windows PC.
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by:gheist
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Example:
https://thejh.net/misc/website-terminal-copy-paste
(paste to notepad, not to command line)
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by:John Hurst
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@sunhux - Thanks and I was happy to help. Always use care with copying and pasting from internet sources :)
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