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Start worring about the virus on camera's memory!
I bought a "refurbished" HP photosmart 735 in Phoenix, Az. I took one picture on the internal 16mb memory, then inserted a card and took more pictures. When I removed the card to download pictures to the printer I noticed there was 2 pictures on the camera's memory. I down loaded it to my computer. Mistake! The second picture on the camara was a gory seen of a behead person on a stick, behing held up by a Arib man in Iraq. This picture proceeded to fill my hard drive!
I have been using my HP 733 digital camera but all of sudden I just discover to my suprise that the camera could no longer download to my Computer system Again, And even to work on the ones already downloaded is now a problem , I AM NOW ASKING COULD IT BE A VIRUS.
No comment, I have a question. Can the memory of a printer be infected with a virus? If so, how?
Please post this a the next question that you answer and if not send your responce to me in an e-mail. Thanks
Same answer as for camera, except that it's more like 99.9999% no, and 0.0001% yes. A printer virus would be very difficult, and fairly pointless in many ways.
1. Can you download backwards, from a computer to a digital camera disk, such as a SD disk?
2. When you download from a digital camera disk to a computer, what does the computer do to the disk. I have a Mitsubishi TV with card slots, but if you have download a card to your computer, then the TV cannot read the disk/card anymore, so what is the computer doing to the disk when you download from camera disk to computer?
1) Certainly. I do it all the time :-).
2) Nothing special, really. For it to work the disk has to be formatted with a filesystem that the computer recognizes. Many devices recognize the same type of filesystem (often DOS's FAT filesystem). The problem you're experiencing might simply be that the other device does not use a compatible filesystem.
I downloaded 72 pics from my camera's memory stick to my PC, and they immediately began to replicate themselves - it got to "Copy 89 of copy of shortcut 2 of Hawaii068" and was continuing faster than I could delete. I was finally able to block-delete all the pics, but by then it had turned 72 pics into 1,056 files. Could this have been a virus? It sure behaved like one!
in my opinion a corruted card or even crad with virus is safe and cant spoil the OS of digital camera.As most virus attack OS .
Digital Camera's are not likely to fall victim to computer viruses, as anyone who knows anything about a computer virus will tell you.
1. A virus needs an operating system to attack, and most operating systems that fall victim to virus attacks are windows based operating systems. Ultimatley, digital camera's do have some sort of operating system but the disk drive itself is a storage device, not work station that is used to exectute programs. If you did happen to transmit a virus onto your digital camera it would be more likely to affect your computer upon the upload and execution of the file than it would be to affect your camera.
2. You need an executable program to trigger a virus and since the program itself has to be opened to trigger the virus, it's not at all likely to occur on a digital camera. Again because the drive on a digital camera is a storage device not workstation where you're executing a variety of program files.
PLEASE HELP. Last night I downloaded some digital photos from my new Dell computer (via new Fuji FinePix software) to a Sony 3.5" brand new floppy disk. Everything I had was either new or first time used: the computer is new, the software that came with it is new, the floppy disk was right out of a sealed Sony box of 10. AND, it was the FIRST time I accessed the A: drive on my new computer. The first time. I downloaded 9 photos onto the floppy disk OK, and when I tried to do the 10th, my McAfee virus window popped up indicating that the photo file was infected with the EXPLOIT.. Trojan virus. It said that the file could neither be cleaned nor deleted. So I quarantined it and scanned my computer as instructed. I am scared to even go on my computer at the moment. (I am sending this question to you from another computer). My question is, with everything brand new or first time used, can you please tell me how this happened and what I should do? Thanks so much, very much appreciated.
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