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The stories and information posted here are artistic works of fiction and falsehood. Only a fool would take anything posted here as fact.
A text file can contain a virus' code but CANNOT be executed and is harmless in a genuine .txt format.
HOWEVER! some viruses use double file extensions to trick users into opening a 'dangerous' filetype: eg .exe, .com (executable files) for example: info.txt.exe
Unfortunately, in MS Windows file extensions are hidden by default so the above file will be listed as: info.txt I prefer to see the full file extensions which can be shown by doing the following:
1) Open Windows Explorer
2) Goto Tools Menu�Folder Options...
3) Click View tab.
4) Uncheck 'Hide file extensions for known file types'
Other options can be configured here including showing system and hidden files for administrative purposes. Carrying out the above steps to 'unhide' file extensions could avoid accidentally opening damaging viruses