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One laptop is infected, but . . ?


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#1 perk_pcdummy

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:57 PM

If my Acer was infected with redirector malware using a Verizon wireless modem, will using that same modem on my Dell infect it as well??

I hope the answer is no, that the modem doesn't carry the bad program, so I can keep on working my online college courses until I fix the Acer . . . the wireless modem stick is my only internet option.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:21 PM

If my Acer was infected with redirector malware using a Verizon wireless modem, will using that same modem on my Dell infect it as well??

I hope the answer is no, that the modem doesn't carry the bad program, so I can keep on working my online college courses until I fix the Acer . . . the wireless modem stick is my only internet option.

- Thanks - pcdummy


I believe those Verizon "modems" have a flash memory section on them with software and information pertinent to the cell connection. If that is the case, it is then possible for the flash drive portion to become infected, yes.

It really depends on the infection - Sinowal/mebroot for instance can infect the boot record of a flash drive.

(Keep in mind I'm just a regular member, not a trained-by-bleepingcomputer technician)




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