Can a virus damage your computer hardware component?
Good question? Can a virus damage a piece of hardware on your computer? Well of course it can! A virus is a small software program that has been developed to do damage to your computer files. But all computer components are controlled by some type of software.
What if I made a virus (a small software program) that started everytime you logged into your computer, that searched your comuter for a particular file non stop. And what if that virus replicated itself over and over. A good example would be to do this to a Windows Vista computer. It has a service called Superfetch. All I would have to do is enable this service, manipulate it to search non stop, make it think every file is important, and bob's your uncle? Superfetch already thrashes peoples hard drives, image if you had a virus telling it to do more...
A similar example, but an old one, was to speed up the read speed on a cd rom. This would cause it to overheat and die. We have securtity measures in place to combat this type of attack now, but hey, nothings fool proof.