About-Blank download in Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mrdurdenad, May 22, 2010.

  1. mrdurdenad macrumors newbie

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    I surfed a proxy web site to access a site that's restricted in my country (Mexico), which was a bad idea, but I needed to access that site. In any case, about twice when I was browsing from the proxy site, a file named "About-Blank" (not exe, dont know what they where) was downloaded to my "Downloads" folder. I deleted the files and that was that, I was just wondering how is it that safari downloaded a file without prompting me? and could there be any repercussions for my system?
    Any help aprecciated
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It is possible to visit a site and have it automatically download a file to your Downloads folder. However, it can't harm your system. If the file is an executable, you would have to double-click it to launch it, in which case you'll get a warning that you're attempting to launch an app that was downloaded from the internet. If it's an install package of some kind, you would likely be prompted to enter your administrator password to allow the installation to continue.

    If your concern is malware, this should be helpful:

    Mac Virus/Malware Info
     
  3. mrdurdenad thread starter macrumors newbie

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