How to open a Windows window when opening a PDF file

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Aug 30, 2022 Aug 30, 2022

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Hello Community!

 

Is there any way to open a window inside Windows when opening a PDF file?

The objective here would be to simulate a ransomware attack while using a PDF file in a phishing campaign. When the user would open the PDF file he/she would be presented with a different window stating that all the files had been encrypted (although this not being true and only a drill).

Thanks in advance!

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Aug 30, 2022 Aug 30, 2022

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No, and your example is the reason for that: If you could trigger operating system events from a PDF file, you would open up the user's computer to a malware attack. 

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I see, good point.


But, for example, it is possible, I believe, to open a browser window with a selected webpage? 

https://answers.acrobatusers.com/open-website-opening-pdf-file-q207256.aspx

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This is possible when the user allows this.

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Correct, as was already pointed out, as long as the user allows it. It will not just pop up, and opening a web page is not running a generic windows application. 

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