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Can virus/malware infect printer memory?


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#1 lisaf

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 04:37 PM

I have a new PC running Vista, which conveniently let someone set up a network the first time I plugged it in. (DSL modem hadn't yet authenticated to the ISP server.) In a Catch-22, before the computer could download its Windows security patches & Norton updates, something snuck in & did a bunch of registry changes, etc. -- & even delayed the start of said Windows updates.

If PC reboots, I have to go into Tools>Internet Options>Advanced, and then "Enable Phishing Filter" (it disables it). Also in that section the selection for "Enable memory protection to help mitigate online attacks" is greyed out.

Also, in Ctrl Panel>System>System Protection, I had to disable "Allow remote assistance connections to this computer" on the Remote tab of the System Properties window.

In Ctrl Panel>Network & Sharing Center, had to turn off File Sharing. In Network Properties it had File & Printer Sharing enabled. Terminal Services keeps re-enabling itself. There is a Public Desktop, etc., etc......................

Anyways I know it's infected/hacked (will post more later), but my question for now is:

If I hook up my new printer/scanner/fax/copier to the computer in order to print a document, is there a chance the malware/whatever could get into the printer's memory & remain resident there? (I did stop the Print Spooler service.)
Edited to add: Of course I'll unhook the ethernet connection first.

Edited by lisaf, 15 September 2009 - 04:57 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 08:26 PM

If I hook up my new printer/scanner/fax/copier to the computer in order to print a document, is there a chance the malware/whatever could get into the printer's memory & remain resident there? (I did stop the Print Spooler service.)


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