Worm Freezes Laptop Fan, Overheats CPU

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joex444

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I'll blame you for virus writers who can program such things. They apparently have not thought of this yet, and there you go giving them ideas on how they should override the fans.

Doesn't really matter, though, CPUs that get too hot simply clock down or halt. So you'd be left with a PC that starts up with a fan on, the OS loads with the virus and then fans shut off. Sounds suspicious already. After that, the PC simply slows down and shuts off, just like every other worm. Nothing new or inventive here. Plus easily detected.
 

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This is impossible for alot of virus code, specially in desktop computers, as most hardware fans arent software controled. But in newer computers, it's possible to control the fans, but not usually under 600rpm, and even then if you do there are temp and fan alarms that will let you know something is going on.
 

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What if we infected real worms with a virus then dropped millions of them in parks and such to infect laptops? FRELL thats better the Sharks with lasers.
 

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Nothing new. My aunt had to keep taking little geckos out of the computers in New Guinea since they kept trying to get into the power supplies and then die in the fan stopping it causing overheating in an already overheated part of the world. Screens later fixed this :p

That is to easy for the virus writers now. Thank god ALL current CPU's throttle or just shut off.
 
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Again nothing new...The term "computer bug" comes from the old days when bugs blocked the electromagnetic relays of electronic computers
 
heh iv had 2 repairs in 2 years where the native gecko's get into the power supplies of desktop pcs and literally "grill" them selves to death with heat and electricity - a dell PSU survived and an antec started to smoke then died because of it!
 

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true it is easily detectable but viruses are aimed towards the average computer that doesn't know haow to do much past doing reports in Word. For them this could be incredibly annoying and frustrating as they won't have any idea what is going on in there.
 

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I feel sorry for that guy, and even worse for that worm. An experienced coder may be able to stop the fans; if they're controlled by some utility the chances of a coder being able to stop them are very likely. If you could get into BIOS you may be able to cause some damage there. But who really cares about stopping a fan? Buy a new one and maybe a new processor. Coders will go after your hard drive(s) since it contains your information, write a bunch of gibberish very quickly to the drive and you can effectively burn it out.
 
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If you dont want your computer to get worms, dont buy an Apple!
 

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[citation][nom]berk98[/nom]If you dont want your computer to get worms, dont buy an Apple![/citation]

+2 LOL!!!!
 

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[citation][nom]berk98[/nom]If you dont want your computer to get worms, dont buy an Apple![/citation]

Your comment would have been so funny and smart, had the laptop been an Apple one. Too bad you didn't read the original article to see it was a normal Windows-based laptop. Technically speaking, since there are far fewer "worms" for OS X than there are for Windows, you should buy an Apple.

Here's the point where you say "touche!"
 

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[citation][nom]peacock[/nom]Your comment would have been so funny and smart, had the laptop been an Apple one. Too bad you didn't read the original article to see it was a normal Windows-based laptop. Technically speaking, since there are far fewer "worms" for OS X than there are for Windows, you should buy an Apple.Here's the point where you say "touche!"[/citation]you guys still don`t get it, when a guy wants to make dmg he goes for the platform with the highest percent on market to make max damage... that would be Windows , so pray that your precious little Apple will never get a market share bigger than windows. Why should a coder bother to make a virus for macs if they are few and usualy used in environments like in media(video/photo/audio editing that don`t download too much stuff from the net) so the impact would be minimal. But i love the fanaticism in Linux and Apple users ;)
 

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hmm, i think you guys should take that quote a little more literally. As in, apples, as a fruit, can sometimes have a worm or two.
The reference to Apple would of course be intended. but nevertheless...

Just a bit of light humour :)
 

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[citation][nom]ecook[/nom]What I would like to know is the name of the Worm. Would be nice to know what its called.[/citation]
 

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[citation][nom]apache_lives[/nom]heh iv had 2 repairs in 2 years where the native gecko's get into the power supplies of desktop pcs and literally "grill" them selves to death with heat and electricity - a dell PSU survived and an antec started to smoke then died because of it![/citation]
lol. Had the same promblem once here in South Africa, with one of my customers PSU's, funny thing is I have a living fear for gecko's, don't know why. I can handle snakes and spiders, but even the smallest or even dead gecko let me scream like a girl, and I'm not one of the smallest guys you've ever seen. I had to wait for my co-worker to come back from lunch to take the gecko out.
 
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