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Is it possible to contract a computer virus from watching a Youtube video?

Discussion in 'Technology Help' started by Eternalserenity, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Eternalserenity

    Eternalserenity Wanderer

    The question is pretty self-explanatory. Is it possible to contract a computer virus from Youtube?

    Also, I didn't know if this was the right place to ask such a question, so if not, I'm sorry.
  2. fhqwhgads

    fhqwhgads _____________


  3. ~Ace

    ~Ace i can show you how


    silly question to be honest.
  4. Meowth City

    Meowth City ♥ Shipper ♥ Staff Member Moderator

    From an actual Youtube video, no.
  5. SkittyOnWailord

    SkittyOnWailord ☣ⓈⓀⒾⓉⓉⓎⓄⓃⓌⒶⒾⓁⓄⓇⒹ☣

    Technically yes. But the whole site would have had to have been hacked and had the pages modded to contain a virus. But I've never heard of Youtube being hacked so it's probably never going to happen.
  6. Eternalserenity

    Eternalserenity Wanderer

    Finally, a real, detailed answer! Thanks for the help! ^_^
  7. Pepsi Piplup

    Pepsi Piplup New Member

    you cant get one from a youtube video
  8. M4zz

    M4zz Banned

    I believe it's possible if you're using Youtube Downloader or any other way to get youtube videos to .mp3 format. that would be a result of the virus itself being embedded in the video though.

    Tons of the links in the description boxes can lead to malicious sites. The tinyurl ones I believe.
  9. ladendar

    ladendar Little munchkinz

    How about if you click on links that say that you can watch the vid there? Happened to me once
  10. GetOutOfBox

    GetOutOfBox Original Series Fan

    In short, no. Websites hosted by reliable, well known companies like Google/Microsoft/Apple/etc generally are extremely secure, and have administrators constantly maintaining them. Although it's not unheard of for them to be hacked, such hacks usually only result in down-time, as the web-admins will take down compromised servers immediately upon discovering the intrusion (usually with the assistence of Intrusion-Detection software, like Tripwire). Spreading malware through big websites like those is very rare.

    Websites that may be compromised and spread malware for a long period of time/forever are usually smaller, one-man run websites, like fansites. Often such sites are maintained by people lacking in advanced server security knowledge, and hence an intruder may compromise the site without the owners knowledge.

    People that believe their computer was infected by big-name websites like Youtube usually received the virus from another website, and the malware merely impacted their use of Youtube, resulting in them believe the problem to have originated from Youtube/Apple.com/etc.
  11. PokemonTrainerKaden

    PokemonTrainerKaden Well-Known Member

    Yes however it would be from the website. Not from the actual video itself. YouTube is still pretty protected with all that money that they put into their firewalls.
  12. Maylu Sakurai

    Maylu Sakurai Dawn's ultimate Fan!

    the videos No but a ad on the site could have a virus in it (once in awhile a adhost will get some infected ads on there servers)

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