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A virus is going to pass through the caches on it's way to being executed, but cache cannot be "infected" since a simple restart clears it.

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What if your rig runs 24/7 and said virus gets into the cache and works as an endless function...would it eventually damage the cpu?
No. Not unless it was designed to load the CPU to the utmost and your system was an unreliable piece of garbage.
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So theoretically, if it was designed to run the cpu at 100% load across all cores and you had less than sufficient cooling and didn't pay attention to the odds and ends running on your system (on say, for example, a dedicated folder) it could damage the cpu.

lol...curious cat likes over analyzing.
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I see. Thanks for satiating my curiosity, folks!
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What if your rig runs 24/7 and said virus gets into the cache and works as an endless function...would it eventually damage the cpu?
Well if you experience problems a quick reboot would fix it

very interesting original question though
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So theoretically, if it was designed to run the cpu at 100% load across all cores and you had less than sufficient cooling and didn't pay attention to the odds and ends running on your system (on say, for example, a dedicated folder) it could damage the cpu.
Yes.

That describes a "power virus" pretty well.
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So theoretically, if it was designed to run the cpu at 100% load across all cores and you had less than sufficient cooling and didn't pay attention to the odds and ends running on your system (on say, for example, a dedicated folder) it could damage the cpu.

lol...curious cat likes over analyzing.
Doubtful. Most CPUs nowadays will shutdown before they reach damaging temperatures. And as soon as it shuts down, everything is wiped.
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