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Windows 7: can virus damage pc hardwares

14 Aug 2012   #1

windows xp pro 32-bit
can virus damage pc hardwares

if my pc has a virus not only os but can it malfunction my hardware or even damage it

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14 Aug 2012   #2

windows7 ultimate x64bit

virus is a program that have to do with programs, only in a very few cases !
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14 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

yes, certain virii can damage hardware.
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14 Aug 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I have never hear of a virus doing physical damage to a piece of hardware. A virus is a program. Hardware is controlled by little programs like drivers, bios, operating system ect. The virus program will infest these other programs and do many unwanted things; one being making hardware not work properly or not at all.
Note: Because I have never heard of it before doesn't mean that it has never happened.
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15 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Generally speaking for the actual physical hardware itself, this is extremely unlikely so I have to say NO to this. However, much hardware (e.g. drives) has control programs built-in in the form of firmware, and it is possible for certain viruses to damage this (the BIOS falls in this category).

Having said that, whilst the possibility exists, it is extremely unlikely that this would happen.
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