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Windows 7: Can a Wireless Mouse Have a Virus?

01 Feb 2018   #1
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Can a Wireless Mouse Have a Virus?

I recently purchased a wireless mouse online. However, the mouse is coming from a 3rd party. such as imagine buying it from ebay or amazon with 3rd party

Im now wondering... is there a chance a wireless mouse could possibly have virus? Because im wondering if i should order the mouse again on best buy or through amazon if they have it in stock? Or is this something that one should not worry about.


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01 Feb 2018   #2
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Also on a related question. Let say the mouse you bought was new but it was actually refurbished. Or let say you bought a refurbished mouse. If you did, wouldn't that mean there is a possible chance the mouse could infect your computer etc? Or if the mouse came shipped to you but it came without the box as in original packaging. Would you say its best to not use that mouse for security reasons etc?


Well i googled and read about mousejack. So are you sure not 100 percent?
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01 Feb 2018   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Why bother with a second hand wireless mouse when a new one is so cheap nowadays?
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01 Feb 2018   #4
RoasterMen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT
 
 

^My thoughts exactly. Who knows how bad the condition of a used mice is.
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01 Feb 2018   #5
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

...or how many germs are on it?
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01 Feb 2018   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulyjames View Post
I recently purchased a wireless mouse online. However, the mouse is coming from a 3rd party. such as imagine buying it from ebay or amazon with 3rd party

Im now wondering... is there a chance a wireless mouse could possibly have virus? Because im wondering if i should order the mouse again on best buy or through amazon if they have it in stock? Or is this something that one should not worry about.
The danger with a wireless mouse lies in the fact that it is wireless; that is, the wireless signal might possibly be hacked, giving the hacker a way into the computer.

If it is a Bluetooth mouse, then you are helped somewhat by the limited range of Bluetooth devices; the hacker would have to be really close to the computer to be able to hack his way in via Bluetooth.

On the other hand, Bluetooth is typically less secure than wifi, so it can be an easier target to hack.
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01 Feb 2018   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Let's not confuse a wireless mouse/keyboard with wifi. They are similar but different with completely different uses.

A wireless mouse is extremely easy to hack since there is no security whatsoever, any wireless device can connect with no user intervention. Bluetooth has security in that each device must be paired before it can connect. It's not possible for a new Bluetooth device to connect without the user's knowledge and approval.

Wireless and Bluetooth mice have about the same range so a hacker trying to hack into either would need to be in close proximity.
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01 Feb 2018   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Security flaws put billions of Bluetooth phones, devices at risk:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/bluetoo...vices-at-risk/
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01 Feb 2018   #9
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
Security flaws put billions of Bluetooth phones, devices at risk:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/bluetoo...vices-at-risk/
Yet Bluetooth devices are more secure than wireless mouse/keyboard dongles!
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01 Feb 2018   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

To answer the original question
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Let say the mouse you bought was new but it was actually refurbished.(It can't be both new and refurbished) Or let say you bought a refurbished mouse. If you did, wouldn't that mean there is a possible chance the mouse could infect your computer etc? Or if the mouse came shipped to you but it came without the box as in original packaging. Would you say its best to not use that mouse for security reasons etc?
I wouldn't touch it with someone elses bargepole!
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