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Name: Kendra
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Location: OH
Country: USA
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Question:
If a virus was on a phone chip, and there was a virus on one of the songs on the chip, but you deleted the song is the virus still on the chip?



Replies:
It could be possible for a computer virus to copy itself into other parts of the phone. But that depends on vulnerabilities in the way the phone and it's software are designed and implemented. It is possible to make computers and cell phones that are not venerable to being infected by computer viruses. But only takes one mistake by one software developer to create a vulnerability. And since humans are not perfect, computers and their software tend to have bugs that allow viruses to infect them.

If all the memory on the cell phone (or computer) is erased, the virus will be erased as well. Anti-virus programs can also remove viruses from computers without having to erase all the computer's memory.

- Scott P. Smith


Hi Kendra,

Generally speaking, if you downloaded the file that contains a virus into the phone's memory, but did not play the file, then it will not have infected your phone's operating system. In this case, if you now deleted that virus-containing file, the virus will be deleted too.

However, if you were to have the phone play the file (song), then the phone's operating system will be "infected". In this case, deleting the original file (song) that contained the virus, will not get rid of the virus, which is now resident in the phone's operating system.

Regards,

Bob Wilson



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