Virus Trojons Hardware

By Beginner9 ·
Hi all

Does the viruses, Trojans, worms or any malicious programs destroy my hardware like Memory or Bios firmware.

I think even any program affect RAM it cannot destroy RAM. ram is voltaile so when reboot it will loose all the script on RAM.

BIOS firmware may affect how to protect it from malicious scripts.

Thanks in advance

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RE: Does the viruses, Trojans, worms or any malicious programs destroy..

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Virus Trojons Hardware

None that I am currently aware of.

A long time ago there was some talk of the possibility of Infections attacking Hardware at the BIOS level but to my knowledge this has yet to eventuate. Even if ti existed in any form it would only attack the CMOS which should be cleaned by flashing the BIOS or Firmware of the item affected.


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No Hardware failures inflicted

by mjd420nova In reply to Virus Trojons Hardware

In the thirty years I've been servicing computers, I have never seen a single hardware failure that was a result of a software worm, trojan, virus or other malware program. They can rewrite and FLASH the BIOS but NEVER affect firmware. That is one of the recovery techniques used to recover from a FLASHED BIOS virus which is to force a BIOS reload from the firmware and clean the inflicted drive/programs of repeated loading from the FLASHED chips. The malicious software might scramble or delete programs, apllications and operating systems but can never induce a hardware failure. It might appear to have created a problem but a wipe and clean install will result in success and recovery of the intact hardware.

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But there was the time that....

by robo_dev In reply to No Hardware failures infl ...

I created a program to exercise the hard drive, and I swapped the bits that control the motor speed accidentally. The hard drive, instead of spinning at 5,400 RPM, it spun up to 540,000 RPM.

At that speed the drive was making a VERY loud noise, approximately 120db. And unfortunately this excessive speed caused the outer rim of the hard drive to break the sound barrier, at which time the platter basically disintegrated, but fortunately the shrapnel was safely contained in the PC case.

And if you believe that, I've got some prime ocean-front real estate in Florida for sale. :) :)

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