Scanning GPS for Viruses or other malware??

 

Hi, I was wondering if any of you do a virus scan, etc.. on your GPS units??? If so how often do you do them??
Thanks

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Garmin Nuvi 255W

No, but not a bad idea

I rarely connect my GPS to the PC these days, but performing a scan, with prompting prior to any actions being taken (delete or quarantine), is a good idea. As with any externally connected device, the threat of infection to the PC is a concern. Windows machines are the biggest target, but vectors for other OS's are out there, too.

Do you know of any software...

Do you know of any software that purports to do this?

Scan

jgermann wrote:

Do you know of any software that purports to do this?

I have connected GPS to my PC and scanned Both the Hard Drive and the SD card of the GPS using McAfee and Malware bytes........I just recently did this....and no problems.....Just thought it might be a good periodical maintenance routine for these devices considering all the ways electronics can get unwanted viruses, tracking programs, malware etc. on them!

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Garmin Nuvi 255W

Scan

benparlament wrote:
jgermann wrote:

Do you know of any software that purports to do this?

I have connected GPS to my PC and scanned Both the Hard Drive and the SD card of the GPS using McAfee and Malware bytes........I just recently did this....and no problems.....Just thought it might be a good periodical maintenance routine for these devices considering all the ways electronics can get unwanted viruses, tracking programs, malware etc. on them!

I also keep photos , POI's , MP3's, etc....on my device so I thought it would be a good idea to keep a periodic schedule to do this.

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Garmin Nuvi 255W

Be Careful

Just doing a scan might not be a bad idea, but I'd be very cautious about doing anything that made any changes to the drive ("repair", "quarantine", etc.). GPS units are proprietary devices and they could get upset if something else updated them.

For example, a while back I heard of a few people plugging in their GPS and getting a message from Windows saying something like "The filesystem on your disk may be corrupt. Do you want to scan for errors and fix them?". They said "Yes" and after the process was finished Windows was happy but their GPS definitely was not.

not a good idea

Ever hear of a “false positive”? Something that gets quarantined or removed but is actually a clean file? It’s happened with many spyware and antivirus programs.

I would skip any kind of scan on a gps. Now an SD Card, maybe. Especially if it’s used with multiple items with files you might share with others.

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nüvi 3590LMT "always backup your files"

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bandaid wrote:

Ever hear of a “false positive”? Something that gets quarantined or removed but is actually a clean file? It’s happened with many spyware and antivirus programs.

I would skip any kind of scan on a gps. Now an SD Card, maybe. Especially if it’s used with multiple items with files you might share with others.

Avira Antivir false positives is very high. The other day I was patching Adobe Acrobat and my Antivir popped up telling me one of the DLLs is a trojan but I ignored it (nothing got quarantined or deleted). Upon further investigation, Avira website tells me to update virus definition files to get rid of the false positive.

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Unless you purchased your gps from some stranger on the street you shouldn't waste your time scanning your gps.

Backup

Just do a backup of your GPS in case something goes wrong. otherwise sacnning might wrongfull delete some needed files

Why Not Scan the Backup

desi wrote:

Just do a backup of your GPS in case something goes wrong. otherwise sacnning might wrongfull delete some needed files

You could then scan the backup without affecting the GPS.
Mark

Possible, but unlikely

bandaid wrote:

I would skip any kind of scan on a gps. Now an SD Card, maybe. Especially if it’s used with multiple items with files you might share with others.

These days lots of devices - including GPS units - look like removable drives when you plug them in, so if they're read/write enabled then it's possible that they could act as an infection vector. However, you're right: it's unlikely that a GPS would "get around" as much as a generic storage device like a USB stick.

a conundrum

So, if you have an AV, and it scans the web, file downloads, and HDD files, how would this benefit to scan the GPS with the same SW? It's been done several times already.

That said, MBAM would be a quick resource for a last chance scan, but I doubt it would be any different.

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