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Windows 7: how long before an unprotected pc gets infected?

26 Jan 2014   #11
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Is the XP computer on a LAN with other computers? You may get way more then you asked for.

OnEdit: How do you know it's not infected yet if you are not running detection?


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26 Jan 2014   #12
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

on the same router as my mac. because of that I have not proceeded. lol
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26 Jan 2014   #13
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

id probably disconnect the mac before turning of the firewall in the router. not sure I feel like all that to be honest. too much like work. lol
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26 Jan 2014   #14
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Good choice. I suggest you run a scan on all computers connected to the LAN.
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26 Jan 2014   #15
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Most routers have an inbuilt NAT server - which is effectively a firewall.
If you want to put a naked PC on the internet, see if your router has a DMZ option - and place the test subject in that.
I'd be surprised if it lasted more than 10 minutes without the Windows firewall active before something infected it - but you may not notice until the first or second reboot.
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26 Jan 2014   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You may need to disable Windows Security Center too, if it XP SP3. I was installing the same once about6 years ago, as soon as I installed the LAN driver, WSC said it had detected a Win32Pariet, or something like that. So in my case 6 seconds.
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26 Jan 2014   #17
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

I dont run a virus scanner on any of my pcs occasionally ill install one, or check the drives with a computer not connected to the net with a scanner, but i never get anything, other than the odd bit of adware.

If they invented a virus scanner that didnt constantly want attention like a baby.. always wanting updating, always telling you things ect id happily install one.. that and one that doesnt hog resources. My method, format regularly
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26 Jan 2014   #18
Devlin1888

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

This is an odd thread, never seen someone wanting to get infected before, but each to their own lol, have fun!
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26 Jan 2014   #19
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

Back in the day we had real virus's -like SpySheriff

Want to destroy your computer? - YouTube
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26 Jan 2014   #20
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

...and McAfee ... and Norton Utilities not to mention Blaster, and other real worms.
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