Can a malware "jump" in network from one PC to another?

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    Can a malware "jump" in network from one PC to another?

    I have one PC where I'm running some tests and probably is infected is sort of stuff (I install suspicious stuff there before using them on my main computers)

    But are malwares today sophisticated enough to "jump" through the network from the infected PC to other PCs on the network?

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    Yes. Any "worm" is made to do just that.
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    Hi there
    Why would malware "not jump" -- that's the whole purpose of it : To wreck as much as possible and cause maximum amount of damage, chaos and mayhem.

    Otherwise if it only affected one computer it would be simple to get rid of it -- just restore a clean image.

    It's much harder to cleanse a whole slew of networked computers as if the malware remains even on only one of them - you get the same thing over and over again.

    My view though these days it's only old software where malware could be a serious threat -- That said though remember WD on the latest versions of W10 these days is very good indeed as it's built on the same security model that Ms's AZURE Cloud servers have (and the security on that platform is very highly regarded).

    Scamming and obtaining people's personal details which can be used to "generate cash" are much more "The state of Play in C21". Even some of the well known torrent sites have cleaned up their act in removing torrents containing malware and banned those users uploading "tainted stuff".

    Don't open emails from unknown sources - especially with attachments, don't open "Cloned Websites" e.g those that look like official Govt ones offering Tax refunds etc and if using torrents don't download rar files (these generally are the ones containing nasty payloads) and never ever give out personal information over social media sites- it's amazing how many passwords, Bank / credit card details etc are obtained that way. No Anti-Virus program can protect against those types of scams etc.

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