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Zip File Corruption Due to CIH Viruses

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Most of the computer users have encountered problems due to virus attack. For those who haven't will surely face it in near future. A computer virus is competent enough to completely corrupt any file, including the executable files. One major example of executable files, prone to corruption is, Zip files. Zip files are self-extractors or executable. In most instances of Zip file corruption, due to virus infection, the user may encounter an error message when s/he tries to open the file. The error messages do not allow the files to be opened, further resulting in inaccessibility of data saved in Zip file. To access a Zip file data in such cases, the user can use a good backup for file restoration. But, with majority of computer users not maintaining a valid backup, it becomes mandatory to use a third-party Zip Repair tool to perform Zip file repair.

To illustrate the above case, consider a practical situation where you receive the below error message while trying to open a Zip file:

"Header Corrupt"

The above error message results in inaccessibility of all the information/data saved in the Zip file. In addition, the same error message pops up every time you attempt to open that file.

Cause:

The fundamental reason for the occurrence of above error message is corruption of Zip file due to a fatal virus attack. The three main viruses that corrupt Zip file(s) are W95.CIH, Spacefiller, and Chernobyl.

To prevent the occurrence of the above error message, always have an updated anti-virus software installed in your system.

Resolution:

In case the Zip file is already corrupted and you have not maintained any backup, then you will need to opt for an effective Zip Repair software. Such Internet-downloadable tools can Repair Zip files after almost every logical corruption situation like, virus attack, application malfunction, and operating system corruption. These third-party repair applications are completely safe and do not modify the original data of Zip file. Such tools are easy to understand without any former technical knowledge.

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