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malicious program on windows 7 OS CD


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#1 insightful2014

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:11 PM

i have the windows 7 installation cd and when it was in my cd drive someone got onto my computer. I imagine they could have downloaded a malicious program onto it; i'm guessing the OS cd has no greater protection than any other cd but am not sure.

 

when they have downloaded malicious content onto my computer in the past, it almost always is NOT a virus, but a program or something that allows them remote access to my computer.

 

I don't want to reinstall windows with an installation cd that might be infected.

 

So i guess my main question is....is the installation cd vulnerable to malicious content being installed on it?

 

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:27 PM

Nothing can be transferred to a commercially pressed optical disc. If the install disc had been burned (eg an online purchase downloaded from Digital River) onto a non-finalized R or RW disc, then in theory something could be added to the contents. However creating an installation disc from an ISO should create a finalized installation image the same as the commercial disc. So I can't envisage a way that anything malicious could be inserted into the disc, but someone else may have further thoughts.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:55 PM

Hello -


i have the windows 7 installation cd and when it was in my cd drive someone got onto my computer. I imagine they could have downloaded a malicious program onto it; i'm guessing the OS cd has no greater protection than any other cd but am not sure.

Main question must be, What / Why was a Windows Install CD /DVD sitting in the drive ??

If you were installing Windows 7 then I do not think that you would just leave it there -

 

Please correct me if I have misread your post, but it just seems very odd.

 

Considering that (on average) an install of Windows 7 takes a minimum of 3, and up to 5 CDs / DVDs. Just my recovery version is 3 DVDs (from the maker).

 

So I do not think that you had a full install CD / DVD of Windows 7 in your computer .....

 

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