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#1 Remag VII

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:38 PM

Is it possible for another computer that is connected to my network to infect my laptop (that's also connected to the network) with anything?


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#2 Remag VII

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:40 PM

To clarify, I'm not talking about a potential hacker. Obviously I would assume they could infect me if they got on my network. But what about, say a friends computer. Say they have malware that they don't know about and they connect to my network. Is it then possible for that malware to transfer itself somehow, without them knowing, to my computer?



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:41 PM

what about, say a friends computer. Say they have malware that they don't know about and they connect to my network.

Hi -

This is answered in one way mainly -

We deal with 100's of infected computers that all (like us) connect to Bleeping Computer site at the same time. Just like you are now. 

There needs to be a way to "Send an infection" like via a deliberately infected email that carries the infection.

 

.....If you currently have an infected computer, it will not harm mine......

First as I use the correct Antivirus and Antimalware type programs, and secondly, the site uses other means to block incoming infections.

If you have a Home network of , say 3 computers, each one still needs Antivirus and Antimalware programs installed, and you should add a personal Firewall too, on each unit -

 

I hope this gives at least a basic idea of what sort of protection each unit should have.

 

Thank You -


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:02 AM

Gotcha, thanks for the explanation. =) I now feel a lot less worried about living with a pirate!



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:53 PM

The short answer is yes, but most likely it won't be malware it would be a virus.  Nimda was a good example of such a virus.  Provided you're practicing safe computing, running an up to date anti-virus and firewall (Windows firewall counts), you should be safe in general. 



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:54 PM

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