virus on wireless network

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by dman, Sep 26, 2007.

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  1. dman

    dman Registered Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    I have a basic home wireless network with 4 PCs where the only thing shared is the internet connection and the printer which is attached to 1 PC. I would like to know whether, if one PC on the network gets infected with a virus or other malware, can it do any damage to any of the other PCs by attacking them through the network.

    I can't find the answer to this anywhere; although I appreciate this may because it' a a dumb question.
  2. Kees1958

    Kees1958 Registered Member

    Jul 8, 2006

    In Vista you can go to the network centre and select the options you would like to share:
    - network detection = yes
    - sharing folders/files = no
    - sharing public folders = no preferably/yes to exchange files
    - sharing printers = yes
    - sharing access with secured key = yes
    - sharing media = no

    I have a Dutch Vista64, so I am not sure I translated the above correctly.

    In XP it depends on the software which came along with the card and the default XP settings. I do not know the default XP settings. You can check on my network places whether one PC can see the other.
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