I always scan exe files prior to installing them. I've had an issue with Flash Player Installation Files being password protected when I try to do this and yes, I know that this is not supposed to be the case. In other words, people on forums have told me that Adobe does not do this but the fact remains that I do have this issue. Below is the specific file to which I am referring and I downloaded it directly from the Adobe Flash Player site. I don't see any reason why these files should be password protected and I have tried my antivirus software program password as well as my Windows 7 OS password. I would appreciate a direct answer to my problem from anybody willing to help.
Why is this file password protected?
What is the correct password required in order to scan it?
I do not think that it is unreasonable for a user to insist on scanning executable files prior to installing them on their computer regardless if they are downloaded from a trusted source. I believe that it is just a good practice to follow and if I have to forgo using this program because of it, so be it. If that is not the case, I welcome any suggested solutions. Thanks again.
What tells you that the installer is "password protected"? I downloaded the file (slightly different name: install_flashplayer14x32_mssd_aaa_aih.exe), but I have no problem scanning the file, or opening it with a hex editor.
Hello Pat and thanks for looking into this issue. I'm running this year's version of Bitdefender Total Security. When I scan the selected item, Bitdefender tells me that the file is password protected and that it cannot scan a large number of items unless I enter the password in order to proceed. The only option is to skip all of the protected files and to just scan the remainder. I'm sorry that I did not include this detail on my original post.