Dear Computer Lady,
Downloading internet pictures may infect my computer with a virus. If I instead print such a picture on my printer would it also carry a virus? And would it be safe to scan this picture into my computer?
It is true that some pictures online can contain viruses. Unfortunately, in order for you to see a picture on your computer, you have to download it first, so by the time you see a picture on your browser, if that picture was infected, and your antivirus program didn’t block the virus you are already infected.
Since you have to view a picture in your browser in order to print it, the damage would already be done.
A better suggestion is to make sure you have a good antivirus program installed, and make sure you keep it updated.
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