[SOLVED] Viruses

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I got a question about viruses in general.
If a pc connected (regardless of what os installed or if it has antivirus, for instance it’s win 95 with no antivirus) to the internet and nobody uses it or even opens the browser to go to some website to like 24 hrs for example. Can it STILL get some virus?
 

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I got a question about viruses in general.
If a pc connected (regardless of what os installed or if it has antivirus, for instance it’s win 95 with no antivirus) to the internet and nobody uses it or even opens the browser to go to some website to like 24 hrs for example. Can it STILL get some virus?
Maybe.
Depends a lot on how it is connected.

For instance, connected to only a "modem", with no firewall (which would be in the router), and with a weak or no password, then it is subject to someone from outside gaining access.
With access, anything is possible.

Anything exposed directly to the internet gets access attempts all the time. A router and its firewall simply throws these random attempts away.
 
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By and large, no. Most virus are the result of either clicking an infected link or opening a page/script that then runs and installs it.
Generally speaking ISP provide some level of security for their service, but they have no control over what users install.
 
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USAFRet

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I got a question about viruses in general.
If a pc connected (regardless of what os installed or if it has antivirus, for instance it’s win 95 with no antivirus) to the internet and nobody uses it or even opens the browser to go to some website to like 24 hrs for example. Can it STILL get some virus?
Maybe.
Depends a lot on how it is connected.

For instance, connected to only a "modem", with no firewall (which would be in the router), and with a weak or no password, then it is subject to someone from outside gaining access.
With access, anything is possible.

Anything exposed directly to the internet gets access attempts all the time. A router and its firewall simply throws these random attempts away.
 
Reactions: ZuluGapurtu

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