Are zip files safe?
Is there any possibility of malware infection in Windows 10 for the following three situations: When you download a zipped file, but do not use it (you do not open it)?
When you only open a zipped file (with 7-zip), but do not extract/run its content? When you download a ".html" file, but do not open it?
Browsers such as Chrome have a built-in malware download scanner which help detect malware in most files that you download.
The question - are ZIP Files safe can be answered as ZIP files themselves normally add in a layer of protection from any .exe file from being accidentally used on your computer, as the file itself is encoded in the compression algorithm. The closest thing to a 'ZIP file virus' is a Zip Bomb, but that is only when you extract a petabyte text file from a zip file. Zip Bombs can be stopped on modern hardware and you can just delete the file that is now taking up your entire hard drive.