Can you sue someone if they gave you a virus on your computer.

United States
August 15, 2011 12:37am CST
Can you, because earlier today I was surfing the web, and the internet browerser just closed, and it said someone has sent you a virus, your computer and it's data may be damaged, and it said someone is viewing your computer activity. I have a virus protection, but I guess It couldn't protect me from this one. I got rid of it thank god, and it said the username of the computer, I wrote it down just in case it happens again. Could I sue them if it happens again?
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@surfer222 (1715)
• Indonesia
15 Aug 11
It depend on how much money you got for hiring a lawyer. I bet if you have unlimited money and want to make someone miserable you can do that by hiring an expensive lawyer and told them to find a way to sue the virus maker, but i think suing a virus maker is much more expensive than just buying a better antivirus program.
@amkiller (533)
15 Aug 11
but then they can do it again but if they were in prison they would have not been doing it
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
17 Aug 11
People in prison have lots of access to computers all the time. Some of them are smart enough to create and send out a virus. It has been done. They don't care especially if they are lifers. What you going to do to them or anyone they are in for life and then some.
@iamsummer (192)
15 Aug 11
You wanna make an accuse toward the person who sent the virus to your comuter?I don't think you can do it,because as i think computer is a dummy world,and how can you find the person who do that.I knew there are many guys who is skilled with all kinds of computer program,so they can develop the program that can invade into you computer.But i don't think you can easily find out them and sue them.If you are a computer proficient maybe you can do it.but i can't.
• United States
15 Aug 11
Well I really didn't think about it that way, I'm going to just get a better virus protector program. I wish I was skilled with computers.
• China
15 Aug 11
I agree with you,don't trust someone so easily . Check your computer per week or everyday to make sure your computer safe.
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
Nopes, not unless the person has used your files in order to gain advantage or have used your password to access your financial account. But if virus is just the matter, what is the use of ANTIVIRUS softwares? Are you the only person using your computer or does other members of the family use it too? Do you set a password? have you got any trusted antivirus set on your pc? you are the user, you are responsible. I don't know if your talking about personal pc or pc you use at work but definitely no one gets punished just by putting a virus because it can also be fixed.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
16 Aug 11
I would imagine if you were able to find out who it was that gave you the virus then you probably could sue them. Of course if it was just someone who got the virus and inadvertently gave it to you, but if you could find the person that created the virus I think you should be able to sue them, they can cause you to lose all sorts of important data and infect your computer, making it unusable at least temporarily. For someone like me who works at home and earns from my computer that would mean loss wages for me, and I would certainly sue if I could. The problem is those who create these viruses are very rarely ever caught so finding out who they are in order to sue them could be nearly impossible.
@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
15 Aug 11
I am not sure whether law permits you to do so but what I can guess from my common sense is that you cannot do so as it is not possible for common computer users like us to identify the person responsible for sending the virus.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
I think you can if you have enough evidence.It is an act with the intention of destroying a property.Cyber police coordinates with the local police in apprehending cyber criminals.So if others think they can get away by having fun in infecting computer programs, they better think twice, people can really file charges against those bad guys. You browse online for anything about internet police and you tell them the details of your problem. You don't here just because you think everything is okay with your computer.For that guy must be caught before he harms another computer. He must be stopped and you need to inform the internet police of such activity for they might be able to track down this sick person.
@dracopao (22)
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
if that person intentionally sent you a virus then hopefully you can sue that person..there are times that people don't know what the things that they are sending are virus so with these king of people you cant blame them..but based on what you've said this person even viewed your computer activity hopefully you can sue because that's invasion of privacy already..
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
15 Aug 11
Yes, you can. But it is only if you can find out who's the real person that send you virus, and it is really hard to do so. Except you have a good computer skill, then you have to hire computer security expertist, lawyers, etc to find out the real bad man. And then so, I think it would be better if you just buy a great antivirus program. It would be cheaper and simpler ^^;