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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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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
53 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
208 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
343 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
264 views

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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1answer
198 views

Can signature-based Antivirus detect encrypted malware? [duplicate]

How effective signature-based Antivirus is, in detecting encrypted malware?
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2answers
159 views

What security products are necessary or advised for a home computer running Windows?

There is a lot of security related products for home users and it is becoming unclear what the difference is between them. What is the difference between antimalware, antispyware, antiadware and ...
0
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2answers
73 views

Is there a down side to how so many security products bundle multiple components into one these days?

For example it seems like anti-virus, anti-spam and firewalls have sort of merged into one product. Is there a downside to this? I don't know of any software firewalls that can be purchased without an ...
0
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1answer
123 views

someone claims to have created such a malware, can he be true?

These are not my lines they are by someone else on the internet. I also want to know is that malware that unique? How will it work in GPU and is there a way to sandbox such application? "HERE GOES ...
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3answers
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Possible to detect packed executable?

A packer is a way of obfuscating an executable program, i.e., transforming so the result is still executable and has the same effect when run, but looks different (so it won't be detected by static ...
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0answers
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How dangerous is Exploit.LNK.BadLnk.a (v)?

I have encountered a supposed low level eploit on my network at work, by the name of: Exploit.LNK.BadLnk.a (v). I have torn through pages of entries on google trying to find information on this bit of ...
0
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1answer
83 views

How does Look Out Secuirty and Anti-Virus determine if an app is harmeful?

For Android Lookout can scan an app before it is installed, and I think it scans a new app the first time it runs too. It displays the message "this app is safe" and I'm wondering, how does it ...
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1answer
233 views

EMET and AntiVirus

I've just heard about and started playing with EMET and I am curious, do any AV or security suite applications do what EMET does or is EMET something entirely different?
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1answer
1k views

How to check if your computer has a backdoor installed on it? [closed]

Just some time ago I had this unusual popup from Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM): I did a quick Google of the IP address and found this thread where the OP is complaining of MBAM blocking ...
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How effective are anti-virus products against real-world threats?

In a recent interview† with Dave Kennedy, he in passing pegged the average effectiveness of anti-virus products as detecting approximately 3% to 5% of current active threats. While AV comparisons ...
2
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2answers
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Virus Removal Boot Disks — a few questions

I'm new to working with and using a backdoor/virus with a boot disk. Can they be mounted to a USB drive? What options are out there and what should I look for in one? Are they practical? Do they ...
2
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4answers
453 views

What is nuke it from orbit? [duplicate]

I was reading this Windows 2003 Enterprise infected by Conficker; post-infection problems continue And they talk about nuking it from orbit (which apparently means wiping out the system and starting ...
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2answers
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How do antiviruses scan for thousands of malware signatures in a short time?

Most antiviruses have hundreds of thousands or even millions of malware signatures and yet they scan many files in a reasonable short time with high detection rates. Even real-time scanners doesn't ...
5
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6answers
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How can I tell whether this computer is part of a botnet?

One of the computers that I manage (in the family, not business) has a weird set of files in its boot: bash.exe, curl.exe, uname.exe, sed.exe, rm.exe, tail.exe, cut.exe, awk.exe, cat.exe, chmod.exe, ...
2
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1answer
424 views

How does one test AV against zero-day malware?

Lately, I've read several articles about anti-malware software and one thing caught my eye - ability to detect zero-day attacks. In short - how does anti-malware / anti-virus industry test their own ...
6
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5answers
5k views

Why Adobe is recommending McAfee security scan during flash player installation?

Why is Adobe recommending a McAfee security scan during the installation of flash player?
4
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1answer
621 views

Where can a virus or other malware “hide” on common PC and Mac hardware?

I'm looking for a detailed list of locations that viruses can "hide" in modern hardware even after a reboot. Some things that come to mind include Boot BIOS/Firmware CPU Microcode Connected PCI ...
7
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1answer
763 views

Have any viruses leveraging the GPU been discovered in the wild? What is the mitigation?

This news article from 2010 discusses how a GPU can be used by a virus to avoid detection by common anti-malware/anti-virus software. The idea is to obfuscate the virus payload and leverage the GPU's ...
2
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1answer
135 views

How should I select an antimalware solution?

As I prepare to reinstall the software on my machine, I am currently reevaluating my choice of anti-malware software for home use. What factors should I be considering? How reputable are AV-test and ...
0
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3answers
118 views

Does AV software protect web applications (Twitter, Facebook, etc) from attacks? (CSRF, etc)

Is it correct to say that AV software focuses on downloaded executables and locally malicious activity, and it doesn't actively scan HTTP/S content for web based attacks such as CSRF, XSS, phishing ...
4
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4answers
847 views

To what extent is FREE 3rd party antivirus software better than Windows 8 defender (if any)?

As someone who is not in a position to currently purchase an antivirus suite, I would like to know if having a free Avira or Avast or similar program is worth the overall system performance drop (I ...
2
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1answer
106 views

Is there a website or free downloadable program to identify and remove malware from an ISO file?

Is there a website or free downloadable program that allows a user to identify and remove multiple types of malware from an ISO file?
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6answers
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Will antivirus detect all keyloggers?

Our company schedules Security Training courses for our personnel. In order for us to test them, we develop code such as keyloggers which we email to our personnel to detect stupid personnel, and of ...
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2answers
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Malware or buggy software gives Low Disk Space warning

Since a few days, I am getting an alert that in my c drive disk space is low. When I verified, free space in my c drive was decreasing hour by hour and there was a stage when it simply said that 0 mb ...
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2answers
444 views

Why does Antivirus Softwares have an Issue with EXE Packers

Im trying to pack an Executable using an Exe Packer like UPX.I packed and checked the File with VirusTotal.com.Here some 9 Antivirus Products say its a Virus actually its a harmless exe.I think the AV ...
5
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3answers
447 views

How do anti-virus & anti-malware programs protect themselves?

I would assume that A/V products would need to employ the same kinds of techniques used by the software they are trying to cleanse to ensure that they can continue to run in such hostile environments. ...
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1answer
267 views

Why does Microsoft Security Essentials remove Chrome in some situations?

According to Google, Microsoft Security Essentials is currently detecting some versions of the Chrome browser as malware. Could someone have hacked Google and put a virus into some Chrome updates? ...
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8answers
652 views

Battling Malware without spending money

Our environment consists of about 80 users running Windows 7. Previous to me showing up as a full time IT employee, the company had contracted an outsource IT solution. As part of their set up, they ...
7
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2answers
310 views

Are there any independent organizations doing (publicly available) IT security research?

When looking up security risks on the net I find that all research being cited (if any is cited) always seems to come from the Anti-Malware companies. (just e.g., this article cites F-secure, AVG and ...
4
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1answer
256 views

What is behaviourism and heuristic control in anti-virus software and how does it work?

In one local magazine I read interview with Adrian Porcescu, who is a technical consultant that works for Kaspersky Lab. Among other things, he says their anti-virus uses behaviourism and heuristic ...
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6answers
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How to scan a PDF for malware?

Can anyone suggest an automated tool to scan a PDF file to determine whether it might contain malware or other "bad stuff"? Or, alternatively, assigns a risk level to the PDF? I would prefer a free ...
2
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2answers
519 views

Force AV Scan of USB drive vs. File-Access Scan

I have been evaluating MS Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 vs. Kasperskey 2010. One of the major differences in features seems to be that Kasperskey gives the option to force the full scan of a USB ...
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8answers
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Are signature based antivirus or antimalware effective?

Are signature based antivirus or antimalware solutions effective? Has the battle been lost against the ever increasing amount of malware, particularly rootkits, that are in the wild?
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2answers
859 views

Antivirus, antimalware and antispyware software. What is the difference?

What is the difference between antivirus, antimalware and antispyware software? If any clear distinction can be defined.