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Windows 7: Why is the BIOS not open to viruses?

27 Jan 2012   #1
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Why is the BIOS not open to viruses?

anyone know why? Always wondered why it never seems to be affected....


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27 Jan 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
anyone know why? Always wondered why it never seems to be affected....
It is normally read only I believe but anywhere can be infected. BIOS, MBR, malware can even jump partitions or HD's
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27 Jan 2012   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

I think the short answer is yes anything in the machine beit RAM BIOS hard drives in short anything that holds stored items / software / instructions can get infected.

Remember that any firmware can be updated and well that means downloading software into it

But I stand to be corrected.

Just Google can viruses infect the BIOS and you will loads of stuff like this one

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/bio...door,7400.html
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27 Jan 2012   #4
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
anyone know why? Always wondered why it never seems to be affected....
Yes. Bios can affected by Virus\BIOS rootkit.....

I found one in a "client" pc last year.

Flashing bios in most cases helps,but not always.
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27 Jan 2012   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by panais View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
anyone know why? Always wondered why it never seems to be affected....
Yes. Bios can affected by Virus\BIOS rootkit.....

I found one in a "client" pc last year.

Flashing bios in most cases helps,but not always.
Yep Panais nasty little so ans so's eh? and sneaky with it. Never found one in the BIOS myself but what a place to hide them eh?

Meant to say I usually run rootkit "finders" if I suspect them anyway.
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28 Jan 2012   #6
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by panais View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
anyone know why? Always wondered why it never seems to be affected....
Yes. Bios can affected by Virus\BIOS rootkit.....

I found one in a "client" pc last year.

Flashing bios in most cases helps,but not always.
Yep Panais nasty little so ans so's eh? and sneaky with it. Never found one in the BIOS myself but what a place to hide them eh?

Meant to say I usually run rootkit "finders" if I suspect them anyway.
Yes "sneaky" ICit2lol you use the right words
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29 Jan 2012   #7
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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