Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?

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I was just wondering if a boot sector virus or some other piece of malware
could be spread to the ram chips.  It might be a silly question, but it's
hard to find this ram other than through used dealers, or to pay top dollar
at the retailers.

Re: Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?


| I was just wondering if a boot sector virus or some other piece of malware
| could be spread to the ram chips.  It might be a silly question, but it's
| hard to find this ram other than through used dealers, or to pay top dollar
| at the retailers.

Yes.... silly question -- NO !

RAM chips are what is known as volatile RAM.
That means when you remove the power from the chip they lose their memory
contents.

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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm



Re: Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?

'rebuildapc' wrote:
|I was just wondering if a boot sector virus or some other piece of malware
| could be spread to the ram chips.  It might be a silly question, but it's
| hard to find this ram other than through used dealers, or to pay top
dollar
| at the retailers.
_____

All RAM currently used in personal computers (except for ready only memory
and flash memory) is volatile; turn the power off and the contents
disappears.  For nearly all RAM, merely supplying power is not sufficient,
the memory must also be refreshed many times per second (only static RAM,
faster and much more expensive need not be refreshed.)  Any used SDRAM will
contain no data, except for a few byte of read only data that contain the
memory specifications for use by the BIOS.  The BIOS chip is a combination
of read only memory and EEPROM, both of which are non volatile.

By the way, it is a good idea to place all the information in the body of
your post, don't leave some hanging in the subject line.  A post makes more
sense that way.

Phil Weldon

|I was just wondering if a boot sector virus or some other piece of malware
| could be spread to the ram chips.  It might be a silly question, but it's
| hard to find this ram other than through used dealers, or to pay top
dollar
| at the retailers.



Re: Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?

Phil Weldon wrote:

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Along those lines, I'm wondering why you quoted the original post twice,
once above your comments, and again below. That was certainly confusing.

Please just open your reply window, and comment below the original
material (after careful trimming, of course). Thanks for your
consideration.

--
   -bts
   -Motorcycles defy gravity; cars just suck.

Re: Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?

'bts' wrote, in part:
| Along those lines, I'm wondering why you quoted the original post twice,
| once above your comments, and again below. That was certainly confusing.
.
_____

Once above trimmed for a concise connection to the original post; the full
quote below for record keeping (and in case any original poster might
consider the trimmed version to be wrongly stripped of context.)

Phil Weldon

| Phil Weldon wrote:
|
| > By the way, it is a good idea to place all the information in the body
| > of your post, don't leave some hanging in the subject line.  A post
| > makes more sense that way.
|
| Along those lines, I'm wondering why you quoted the original post twice,
| once above your comments, and again below. That was certainly confusing.
|
| Please just open your reply window, and comment below the original
| material (after careful trimming, of course). Thanks for your
| consideration.
|
| --
|   -bts
|   -Motorcycles defy gravity; cars just suck.



Re: Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?

Phil Weldon wrote:

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That's fine...


That's not necessary. If there is any dispute over your trimming, all
one needs to do is look at the previous post. I can't figure anyone
would spend time comparing the two, either.

Best to trim off that duplication which is below.

--
   -bts
   -Motorcycles defy gravity; cars just suck.

Re: Buying used sdram memory sticks - any chance of virus or is it a silly question?

rebuildapc@lovethepc.org says...
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No. :) The ram assuming it works of course, wouldn't have anything on it
still.

--
Dustin Cook
Author of BugHunter - MalWare Removal Tool
Version 1.9.2 Released August 15th, 2006
Last Pattern Update: August 17th, 2006
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