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i was thinking about this, is it possible now that there are mobos out there that allows a software (ie AI SUITE II) to communicate with the bios? i know for a fact that when you overclock using ai suite ii, it will actually the bios settings, so it is actually a bios level OC that can be done by a sofware in windows environment.

so is it possible to have a virus that will hack the AI SUITE II and will destroy your PC? overvolting for example.
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IMO when it comes to viruses nothing is impossible.. the writers are pretty creative and as you know its an ongoing war so i guess it is possible
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i was thinking about this, is it possible now that there are mobos out there that allows a software (ie AI SUITE II) to communicate with the bios? i know for a fact that when you overclock using ai suite ii, it will actually the bios settings, so it is actually a bios level OC that can be done by a sofware in windows environment.
so is it possible to have a virus that will hack the AI SUITE II and will destroy your PC? overvolting for example.

Possible, but unlikely. Each board hides the exact voltage details in different places, so a virus to hit any more than a very few boards would have to be either huge, or get access to an online resource to know what to do.
There used to be a BIOS killer virus ages ago, but since botnets grew big, they have no real incentive to break machines, they would prefer to have it as a resource they can sell.
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In the last 15 years Ive seen one BIOS virus and I work on many PC's. It was a Old HP Pavilion and I was still able to re flash it in DOS.
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Originally Posted by allikat View Post

Possible, but unlikely. Each board hides the exact voltage details in different places, so a virus to hit any more than a very few boards would have to be either huge, or get access to an online resource to know what to do.
There used to be a BIOS killer virus ages ago, but since botnets grew big, they have no real incentive to break machines, they would prefer to have it as a resource they can sell.

^ exactly that
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