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Can a virus melt the CPU?

I want to destroy my Windows PC by running a software program. By destroy I mean: Causing the CPU or RAM to melt, causing the hard drive to crash, etc.

Is there a way to do this?

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marked as duplicate by Josh K, Phoshi, quack quixote Mar 28 '10 at 22:28

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Someone's been watching too many movies. These aren't the days of Commodores and CGA graphics anymore. –  outis Mar 28 '10 at 1:13
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Thermite inside the case with a detonator connected to the serial port. Send the right string and everything melts :) –  emgee Mar 28 '10 at 1:19
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Jack Bauer could. Well, actually he would call Chloe and she would do it for him. –  ongle Mar 28 '10 at 1:58
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@emgee: you're using a USB-to-serial converter, right? or does your motherboard have a serial header? i haven't seen an actual soldered-on serial port in years... –  quack quixote Mar 28 '10 at 3:22
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Vote to move to MythOverflow.com –  IAbstract Mar 28 '10 at 5:20

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Not anymore.

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Actually, it is possible, as the recent nVidia incident showed. Basically, a bug in the graphic card driver would drive the fan too slowly, which could eventually lead to damage of the GPU. So, speaking of drivers, it is possible, even though modern hardware should have built-in protection against that.

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Can't be done.

Simplest answer I can give you. Without hardware / firmware modifications on all of the devices it is impossible. You can't just make your computer blow up no matter what you see in movies.

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Quick answer- no. You can render the mobo unusable with a failed flashing though windows though.

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