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can virus go onto a disk?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by bufalo, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. bufalo

    bufalo Thread Starter

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    Just wondering....

    I and almost everyone I know has had trouble with flashdrives or pendrives giving their home pc's viruses after using them elsewhere. I've stopped using them altogether. What I do now is I use CD's. Can viruses transfer to a CD if it isn't "burned" on a PC?

    For example, I burn some text on my system, then bring the CD to a cafe to print out the text - can a virus jump on it? Or would I have to burn somehting on the disc in the cafe with a virus unkowingly attached?

    Thanks!

    Kind of a second question: If I do use a pendrive and my NOD32 says it's infected and I remove the file, is that it? Or can I still have problems? (I imagine so)
     
  2. Elvandil

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    You'd have to burn something that contained a virus on to the CD. Since CD's are "read-only" media, you're not going to carry any viruses home unless you burn them to CD.

    Yes, if your AV says it has removed the virus, you are usually safe. If you have already moved something from that drive, then you may have brought the virus, too. If you scan your drive as soon as you hook it up, the chances that you will get infected are vanishingly small. Common sense and due care will protect you from 99.9% of all problems.
     
  3. bufalo

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    thanks! That's what I figured but thought to ask anyway
     
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