StuffIt for the Macintosh, Compact Pro, WinZip, WinRAR, and 7-Zip all make use of self-extracting archives. There are also programs (like makeself) that create self-extracting archives on Unix as shell scripts. An early example of a self-extracting archive was the Unix shar archive, in which one or more text files were combined into a shell script that when executed recreated the original files.
Distributing and receiving files which appear to be self-extracting archives can be dangerous, as the file itself may contain malicious code, like viruses or trojan horses. For this reason, many internet users do not accept self-extracting archive files and would rather receive regular compressed file archives without any executable code. Fortunately, many archivers are capable of working with self-extracting archives as if they were regular archives.
Gatekeeper. (virus software prevents viruses from taking hold; available on Internet and most online systems) (Freebies of the Month) (Brief Article)
May 01, 1993; While it seems that the majority of digital viruses occur over the fence in DOS-land, the Mac is by no means immune to the little...