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Windows 7: Can a virus delete files on mapped network drive?

11 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can a virus delete files on mapped network drive?

I have a computer on the LAN with a bunch of HDDs in it. My main computer has the computer mapped as a network drive. I put my video projects on mapped network drives. Can a virus find the network drive through my computer and delete all of the files or ransomware encrypt it?


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12 Nov 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Yes.
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12 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Profession x64
 
 

If malware can find it's way into space International Space Station Infected With USB Stick Malware Carried on Board by Russian Astronauts - IBTimes UK
And disable nuclear plants Stuxnet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It can probably do whatever it wants to your network drives
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12 Nov 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Yes.
I see that the thread is marked as solved...
...but I'll add more info anyway (now that I have the time).

I have cleaned up after an infection that damaged files on a network drive. The last such infection struck a non-profit org that I support. That infection deleted every picture file (and every EXE file) and replaced each with a copy of the infected file. This was done in the hopes that others on the network would attempt to open the "picture" (or start an app) and end up infecting their computer to.

If (for example) the original image file was named family.jpg, then the malware would copy itself to a file named family.jpg.exe. By default, Windows 7 will hide the EXE file extension. I would suggest that users show file extensions: File Extensions - Hide or Show
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