Two computers connected to a router security

June 15, 2011 at 00:38:43
Specs: Windows XP
Hello everyone. I have a general question and hope someone can shed light on this for me. At home we have two computers connected to a router. The two computers have nothing to do with one another (no file sharing and such) , they are just both connected to the same router. What would happen if one of these computers gets a virus? What are the chances of the other one getting it as well?

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#1
June 15, 2011 at 04:53:48
Chances are the virus wouldn't go to the second PC. My brother used to get malware from myspace all the time & it didn't bother my computers.

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#2
June 15, 2011 at 04:55:33
It depends on the bug. If they visit the same site both computers may be infected.
If one computer gets a virus the other may, in time, get infected if nothing is done to remove the bug.
Most generally, virus attacks are welcomed in by clicking a button or visiting a page on the internet, or email. Other bugs look for open ports and migrate through that to infect other machines.
Generally speaking, there is a small chance of the other computer getting the same bug in your case. Most antivirus software will catch them before they can get in.

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#3
June 15, 2011 at 05:11:07
I disagree with your statement that the AV will most likely catch the virus. I can't count the times that I've seen AV & viruses both running at the same time in a hijack this log. AV is mostly worthless.

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#4
June 15, 2011 at 06:16:01
Thanks for the info everyone! :-)

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