USB Ports

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  1. MrDillDough
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    MrDillDough GBAtemp Regular

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    I'm just wondering if it is possible for a USB port of a computer to be infected with a virus.

    It sounded weird to me but I think it might be a problem for me, if it actually exists.

    Any help is appreciated. [​IMG]
     
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    yes some virius use certain ports to infect other devices that would be connected to the computer they need to have memory though usb mouses and key boards cant be infected as they have no memory but a usb memory stick can be infected or anthing else wuth memory
     
  3. Elritha

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    Also be aware that usb memory sticks can infect your computer if it has come from another computer that had a virus. It can go both ways. [​IMG]

    Always a good idea to have an up to date decent virus scanner.
     
  4. UltraMagnus

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    a port cannot be infected, no, that is impossible.

    that said, usb memory sticks can infect you with a virus, and many virii will infect memory sticks
     
  5. MrDillDough
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    What about files on a DVD? Could they pose a risk to my computer and be infected with viruses?
     
  6. notnarb

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    A malicious file can be on any storage medium really (including of course DVDs and USB drives), but they can't do anything at all until you choose to run them. The exception being if you have your computer set to automatically run AUTORUN.EXE, than any ole malicious piece of software could be run (without asking you) simply by renaming it that.
     
  7. sparky28000

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    "fujack worm" is a virus that wil copy itself to an usb drive as soon as there is an usb device conected some people claim they come with stuff from dealextreme (drivers cd's)