Xvid codec & viruses

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Xvid codec & viruses
The Xvid codec lets you watch movies on your computer. (movie reel image by Maria Bell from Fotolia.com)

With the proliferation of video file playback technology for computers comes the risk of virus infection. There are many legitimate Xvid codec packs available on the Internet, but there are also codec packs that appear legitimate but are laced with virus executables. Scan any codec pack you download with an antivirus program.

Xvid Media Codec

The Xvid media codec is an open-source MPEG4 codec that allows you to watch various movie files on your computer. The codec download doesn't include a media player, but you can use Windows Media Player or Winamp. The Xvid codec is free to use and installs easily via a wizard.

Safety Considerations

Since codec packs are sometimes laced with viruses or other malware, be sure to download the Xvid codec from a reputable website. The codec is open-source, so it can be modified to include viruses if a programmer so desires.

Malware/Virus Codecs

There are malware-filled codec packs, such as BrainCodec, on the Internet. Be careful to avoid these files when looking for media codecs to download for your computer. Look for codec packs on reputable websites, and if you find yourself on a shady-looking site, exit it immediately or close your Web browser.

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