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Can a virus download child porn on your computer?

Posted in Crime Prevention November 9th, 2009 @ 11:01 am

Most everyone who uses a computer to surf the Internet needs to be aware that whether intentionally or unintentionally your computer may become infected by a virus or malicious program that may download child porn sites to your computer. According to an Associated Press article, several child porn cases have been dismissed because of a claim that a virus infected computers and downloaded child porn sites.

How can this type of virus infect your computer? Software maker F-Secure Corp claims that about 20 million of the estimated 1 billion Internet-connected PCs worldwide are infected with viruses that could give hackers full control. Computers often get infected when people open e-mail attachments from unknown sources, visit a malicious Web page. Even those annoying pop-ups can infect your compunter.

Pedophiles can exploit a virus infected PC by remotely storing and viewing their stash on someone else’s computer. Pedophiles can also tap viruses in several ways. The simplest is to force someone else’s computer to surf child porn sites, collecting images along the way. Or a computer can be made into a warehouse for pictures and videos that can be viewed remotely when the PC is online.

Unfortunately, pranksters or someone trying to frame you can also tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal web sites. Child porn can land on a computer because of a sick prank or an attempt to frame the PC’s owner. The cost to prove your innocence can amount to over $250,000 and if you can’t prove your innocence you will go to jail.

Bottom line is to make sure that your computer has the right antivirus software, never open up an email you don’t know where it came from and never go to web sites that have not been verified. The cost of prevention is very little when compared to the cost of proving your innocence. Time, money and your reputation will be at stake.

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