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Any executable file that you download could potentially harm your computer, this includes files with the following extensions to their names:
.EXE, .COM, .BAT, .CMD, .SCR, .MSI and many more besides.

If you want to safe, then ensure that you have an up to date AntiVirus program installed and that you scan each downloaded file with your AntiVirus before doing anything further with it.

You should never open file attachments sent to you by email from any person that you do not know, and not from anyone you do know if you are not expecting them to send you the attachment - always check with the sender that they did actually send it to you, and it has come from someone using their email address.

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