I think I got a virus on my father in laws computer from this site. I went on here for a few minutes one night we were over there and the next morning he called me and told me his computer crashed and some guy came to fix it and it was from a forum. They never said it was from this forum but it was from some sort of forum...which im pretty sure its this one. His computer is his work computer and he works for scotia bank and he works on only big accounts like the Oilers and stuff...so he wasnt to happy with me that I screwed up his computer and he couldnt work for a few hours while the guy fixed it. I will not go on this site with my computer at home after that. I only go on with my work computer cause we have crazy "virus firewall" or some thing like that...i don't know...
Nicole I am not sure how you could say that the virus was from this forum/site when there is no such logged proof.
I mentioned it before that viruses can spread through any kind of medium as long as it is "connected" to the world. What if the virus was from another website or a program or some sort of media (like usb, disc etc)?
One can't tell however, what one can do is to check the logs on the computer and see the source of the virus. Firewall won't stop the virus coming into your computer however would stop the website from opening in the first place. Antispyware/Antivirus would stop the virus from triggering if it is running under real time.
Additionally, In general there are so many links on the forums that upon clicking them you might be diverted and get infected however that is not the responsibility of the forum but the site where you have visited.
I am sure if your father in law had a good antivirus and spyware it would have stopped the virus/spyware coming into his computer.
As I said it could be anything unless or otherwise a log shows that the virus was spread through the forum, one cannot explain where the virus came from.
Ah right, it must be somewhere else then. I wouldn't count on this forum as right away because there are approx 6400 users who are using it and if there were any issues they would have bombard admin with their queries