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Is it possible to get malware from a monitor?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:12 PM

Hi,
Like the header says, is this possible. The reason I ask is that around three weeks back my original monitor bought with this PC went kaput. My daughters boyfriend said he had one at home which he didn't use and I said thank you very much. It is a years old monitor from Tiny and I just plugged it in and it played straight away with no problems, in fact it is easier to adjust than my old Hansol E730.
I am pretty well sorted as far as security goes having learned a lot at sites like this. Prior to installing this monitor I had never had a virus or any malware other than tracking cookies found in over two years. However, in the last three weeks, I have had two viruses and my hotmail account address book hacked and having scanned several times with Comodo AV, Avira AV, SAS, MBAM, MRT, Rootkit Revealer, as well as two online scans with F-Secure and Trend Micro, all of which came up 100% clean I started thinking about any changes I had made. I have eliminated any programs etc that I have installed lately and suddenly thought tonight that the problems started after I attached this monitor. I am thinking it is just coincidence but is it possible to get infected by a monitor?.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:56 PM

I would think that is imposible. Perhaps did you copy the drivers for it off the other machine?
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 04:53 PM

No Boopme, I plugged it in switched it on and it worked straight away with the same drivers as the previous one. I thought the answer would be no though, just clutching at straws I suppose. Can't understand why an email account i've had without a problem for seven years should suddenly get hacked.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3, CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, Memory: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz,Graphics: PowerColor HD 5750 1GB GDDR5,
PSU: Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E, Hard Drive:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 09:05 AM

The answer is a definite positive maybe.

25 years ago people would have said that it was impossible for a printer to give your computer a virus. Nowadays it is possible.
Back then computers mainly sent data to printers, except for handshaking printers did not send data to the computers. Nowadays all sort of data is sent back and forth allowing viruses to move back and forth.

This is the case with most peripherals. Though I suspect that monitors would be the least likely.




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