Software which includes anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, anti-phishing, and other technologies that attempt to identify and/or block malicious programs.

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Malware (internet connectivity) and defending against it

I was wondering whether anyone knew if malware could spread without internet connectivity? Also, can you defend against malware by releasing counter-malware that spreads exploiting the same ...
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Has an antivirus ever failed to detect malware for “non-technical” reasons? [on hold]

I'm wondering if an antimalware vendor has ever whitelisted (or otherwise failed to detect) a piece of malware because the author/sponsor either paid them, threatened them, or legislated against them. ...
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What kinds of PE file infection can AV software detect?

I wonder what kind of infections AV software is capable of detecting: only if the file is signed? also if the entry point isn't changed? does it also have hashes for non system files? what if the ...
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Can a Trojan hide itself, so its activity doesn't appear in task manager process? [duplicate]

Can malicious software hide itself, so its activity doesn't appear in the list of processes from Task Manager? Can it hide itself so when someone is controlling your computer, even if you open Task ...
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Alternative to origami-script for cleaning pdfs [closed]

I want to clean pdf-files from active content and malware, and my first try was using origami (the ruby script). Unfortunately I can not open the cleaned pdf with the Adobe Reader (I get error ...
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Problem with rebooting after rescue mode [migrated]

I recently went into rescue mode using bitdefender then I selected to reboot my computer. I am using windows 8 and bit defender total security. There is a black screen with text "reboot: Machine ...
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Any reason for a user to use an email scanner if they don't use any offline mail clients?

I typically recommend that users enable a real-time email scanner (aka a mail shield) in order to detect a possible vector used by malware. Even if they don't use an email application, the rationale ...
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Virus - by-pass with binairies repackaging

Why don’t « hackers » (or more accurately, « virus maker ») just do repackaging over their malware to by-pass antivirus software? Because it resolves the issue of the virus signature (kind of hash), ...
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It is possible detecting threat by only with file information?

It is possible detecting threat by only with file information of a file like file's hash(md5,sha1,sha256, etc), file size, mime type, etc with ClamAV or Comodo AV for linux with shell command? It ...
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How is it possible to embed executable code in an image

I was reading up on FireEye and came across this NYTimes article detailing a Skype chat where an image was sent that was laden with malware: Quote: To gain access to information on the ...
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Gaming Mods Security Risks

I read the following post, and while the questions was specific to SkyRim, the more general answer was that it depends on the game. I wanted to pose a more generic question here to the security folks. ...
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Do thin-clients need antivirus?

I've just taken over as IT Manager in an environment where most of the end-users are using HP-based Win7 thin clients (approx 50 seats) to access a remote desktop server. All the servers & fat ...
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Detecting reflective DLL injection any other ways?

any way to detect it? maybe using mcafee hips rules? Are there any known Techniques to detect it ? like walking the VAD tree or something?
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How is the file overlay read by an exe/virus?

According to what I know ,Overlay is the part of PE file that is not covered by the PE header and therefore isn't part of the virtual image in the Loaded PE. My question is if the overlay is not ...
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Remove pdf malware by re-printing to new pdf or text extract?

Consider you have a suspicious pdf file that might contain malware. Would it be sufficient to either: (1) open the pdf file in a virtual environment and let the pdf viewer or pdf-creator program ...
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Will 3rd party antivirus/antimalware programs compromise OSX's built-in security?

There is a very interesting post written by @TechZen. Here's the excerpt from the original post (bold emphasis mine) Should I get an antivirus for my Mac? There's never been a an actual Mac OS X ...
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When is an antivirus program needed/useful?

Let's say I buy a computer and use the internet for services but rarely download anything and when I do it is from legitimate sources with a minimal to non-existent chance of malware. What benefits ...
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Why is there a path to a .pdb file in an exe I am trying to reverse?

My query is ,if I'm seeing a .pdb path in a exe(VC++) what conclusion can I draw from it.Why does the exe have these paths and does it have significance in malware analysis? eg ...
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Any “cleaned” virus that's been successfully re-released?

Anti-malware software has to keep track of all bad software there is. To ease this load, it seems like a good idea to stop looking for threats that's been dead for years. Is there any example of some ...
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What is the difference between YARA and CLAMAV?

Can any one explain the difference between YARA and ClamAV ? Are they just two different ways of writing AV or Malware signatures ?
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Old e-mail text types itself back into PC later by itself? [closed]

Occasionally, I'll notice my Win7 PC is typing in text by itself. When I open Notepad leave it, the text being typed in is a snippet of text from an e-mail that I wrote and sent months ago to a friend ...
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Open Source Malware Scanner/Cleaner [closed]

What is the best Open Source Malware Scanner/Cleaner? Malware-bites is good but it requires licensing for companies.
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Find and kill process that create malicious connections

State Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port Peer Address:Port FIN-WAIT-1 0 3640 my.public.ip.xx:https xxx.xx.xxx.xx:56206 SYN-SENT 0 1 ...
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Efficacy of self-made ransomware protection

I was recently wondering about how to circumvent malware such as the infamous Cryptolocker a while back and was wondering about the efficacy of having a set of files with known content in a known ...
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Virus/Malware: Force Java Download

I have two separate pieces of security software that run regularly - Webroot and Microsoft Security Essentials, and even though neither of these have detected anything is wrong with my computer, every ...
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Can we trust antivirus software?

There are a lot of free antivirus software and free versions of commercial anti-malwares. Can we really trust these free antivirus programs? The same question about commercial antivirus software. ...
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Google safe browsing vs traditional anti-malware scanners

What is the difference between using Google Safe Browsing and using other traditional anti-webmalware tools ? Which one is more efficient to protect against malicious web content ?
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Are antiviruses still useful? [duplicate]

Are anti-viruses useful nowadays ? Given the number of viruses that are developed and spread monthly, and given the fact anti-viruses are based on virus signatures, I wonder how much it is useful and ...
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When does it make sense to whitelist some subdomains but not others for a given domain?

Little Snitch has been useful to get a better handle on all the connections my computer tries to make. It's main dialog to allow or deny connections allows customizing (e.g. require specific port, or ...
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Questions about common exploits

I'm investigating the state of my MacBook Pro which I know was compromised, and do not know if I removed the exploits completely (and I realize, technically will never know this). I'm trying to hone ...
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malicious website blocked - on a legit program?

I'm fairly okay with PCs but when it comes to networking i'm quite lost with the details. My brother started up Mount and blade war band napleonic wars - an official game and played multi player and ...
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Are there any known cases were antivirus software have deliberately ignored malware?

Are there any known cases were antivirus companies for some reason have choosen to make their product allow/ignore malicious software? The reason could be government coercion or former trustworthy ...
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How safe is virtual box without internet [duplicate]

I am running a windows 7 virtual box without internet connected. Internet is, however, connected to the host, and I allow any internet access to and from the host. On the guest platform I am working ...
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Malware infected ATMs in China via specialized device

Hackers inserted a specialized device which was connected to the notebook into the card reader slot on the ATM and installed malicious software. 100 thousand US dollars were stolen from at least seven ...
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How to detect the so-called “undetectable” Gameover Zeus?

The media are currently (and have been) creating a huge ruckus surrounding the supposedly "undetectable" Gameover Zeus malware. The Daily Mail The Mirror The Independant PC World The Telegraph ...
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How can NSA implants and backdoors be detected? [closed]

It has been a while now since the Snowden revelations of various NSA malware and backdoors. For instance: March 12, 2014: NSA has developed implants to take over targeted computers’ microphones ...
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Signature-based antiviruses

Do signature-based antiviruses search for the exact matches of the signatures they have in their database with those of viruses to analyse ? I ask this question because I wonder if it is the reason ...
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Detecting code source variants of the same function [closed]

Suppose I have this JavaScript malicious function f1() : <SCRIPT type="text/javascript"> function f1(){ a=1; b=2; c=a+b; } </SCRIPT> This function is embedded within a larger ...
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Using multiple AV's

As my computer is currently set up, I have 3 AV's: AVG (paid), Malwarebytes, and Spybot S&D. I think that each one of these serves a purpose: AVG gets your real malware - Trojans, Worms, etc. and ...
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Enterprise Anti-virus for Linux?

I know this question is probably at risk of offending the guidelines but our IaaS provider was unable to offer us an anti-virus solution for our Linux servers. We are deployed in an enterprise cloud ...
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Can full disk encryption make malware recovery more difficult?

Let us say that we have a computer with a fully encrypted disk. If it gets infected with malware, does this make it more difficult to use a LiveCD or other rescue option to clean it or restore it? It ...
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How would I know if my Apple Mac has a virus, and what can I do if I have? [closed]

I have used PCs for most of my life, and I am very aware of the fact that they can catch a variety of viruses. I have owned a MAC now for two years, and have enjoyed a pleasant (perhaps too pleasant) ...
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Are two anti-virus better than one in protecting your computer?

A century old adage: The more the merrier. In general, does this adage hold true in regards to the number of anti-virus software you should have on your PC? Are there any limits before it actually ...
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Why does host's antivirus detect guest's malware?

I'm analyzing some malicious files on a VM and I'm noticing that every time I open a file, the host's antivirus detects it. Why does this happen? Is the malicious content escaping to the host?
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What is the current best practice to secure an executive's laptop?

What is the current best practice to secure an executive's laptop? The exec will be processing highly sensitive documents (high-value bids, merger & acquisition info, technical specs). As such ...
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My home PC was hacked and accessed my bank! Advice on next steps? [duplicate]

I recently setup a new Win8.1 PC while still working on my main development PC so it did not have all of the security tools that I usually install, e.g. malwarebytes, adaware, etc. Since it takes me a ...
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Can I get a malware on Windows without administrative rights?

I'm a Linux user and I installed Windows recently, I need it for some software. I don't want to use any anti-malware programs, I don't plan on giving administrative rights to applications I don't ...
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Can signature-based Antivirus detect encrypted malware? [duplicate]

How effective signature-based Antivirus is, in detecting encrypted malware?
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What is the safest way to copy a file from an untrusted system?

Scenario: There are two computers running GNU/Linux, U and T. U is untrusted and T is trusted. A non-executable file F (which may however have been infected with malware) resides on U. (For ...
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Whats the difference between Anti-malware and antispyware?

Whats the difference between Anti-malware and antispyware ?