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Can your operating system become infected with malware?

June 16, 2017 at 19:27:19
Specs: windows 8
My last computer was infected. I've built a new one with pretty much everything brand new except I'll be using the same windows 8 CD and product key as my old computer. Could this infect my new computer? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

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June 16, 2017 at 21:00:42
You build a new computer because your old one was infected with something???
Have you tackled the infection on the old one?

What have you tried so far?

Do you have a antivirus installed?
Have you run any malware scanners?

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June 16, 2017 at 21:06:51
A lot of my old parts were damaged so I had to build a new computer anyways. Thank you for your concern but I was hoping someone could answer my question.

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June 17, 2017 at 00:06:58
If your win 8 DVD is a genuine copy, there should be no virus/malware on it.
Virus/malware usually enters via browsing dubious web pages or opening attachments from dubious emails.
Also installing the so called "Free" apps can be loaded with malware and Trojans.

Trace back when you noted the behavior of the infection?
If you have restore-points going back to the time after OS installation, try to restore and check if the behavior stops.

Can you explain what virus/malware does?

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June 17, 2017 at 05:06:54
Short answer is "no" if it is a proper Microsoft Windows disk.
They are "read only" and "finalized" so almost impossible to infect.

I would have expected it to be a DVD rather than a CD.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 17, 2017 at 05:20:20
"A lot of my old parts were damaged"

Power surges damage parts, overheating damages parts, infections don't damage parts. Something is missing from your explanation.

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