Antivirus or anti-virus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including but not limited to computer viruses, computer worm, trojan horses, spyware and adware.

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Do I need a hardware firewall even if I have Internet security software?

I have Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 installed on my Win7 computer. I assume it gives me enough protection for a software firewall(port security,tracking tcp,udp traffic etc.) Do I still need a ...
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which antivirus is best for my laptop? [closed]

I want to buy a antivirus for my laptop.but I am in a fix.I want to buy such a antivirus that doesn't slow my laptop much.laptop configaration :processor core i5,Ram 4GB,operating system windows ...
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Is there a hash algorithm that can identify similar files or strings?

Is there a hash algorithm that will help you identify similar files or strings? For example, the hash for ABC and XBC would be similar rather than radically different as is usually the case. I know of ...
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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 ...
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Memory Mapped Files and AV

Do you know if AVs scans non-persistent memory mapped file content in a Windows Environment ? (Or have the answers for some of the AV on the market) I would prefer, if possible, some real world ...
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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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Computer worms, propagation and exploiting vulnerabilities

I have been referred here to ask this question, so I am doing a research on computer worms, I have been through several sites and a few caught my attention, I have learnt that worms propagate through ...
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I only use windows for games. Do I need anti virus protection?

I use Linux, and even though I'm not pretending my system is virus-free, it's generally accepted that even an aggressive firewall is not a requirement. I want to install Windows 7 on a machine which ...
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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 ...
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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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Anyone out there using Umbrella from OpenDNS? What exactly is it?

I'm still looking for a centrally-managed AV/malware management system and I've been testing out both Panda and Webroot (due to their 'cloud-based' structure that doesn't require a server for me to ...
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Digital Signature Software

What is the digital signature software? What it takes to digitally sign software? I'm using the Kaspersky antivírus and the software I wrote, in Delphi, is flagged by the antivirus software due to ...
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Virus scanner on server

I see lots of people claim virus scanners are unnecessary on a linux server. But if this server accepts files uploaded from users (and lets others download them), does it become worth it to scan the ...
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How should I select which antivirus software to install on my new laptop?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. I have bought a new laptop with no antivirus installed. I'm wondering how to choose an appropriate antivirus software to install.
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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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To which extent are paid alternatives to Apple's Xprotect worth it?

Mac OS X ships with Xprotect, Apple's mechanism to detect and remove malware. System software security holes are patched decently quickly. In a world of fragmented, code-signed, sandboxed apps, what ...
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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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Is it worth it to get paid anti-virus software?

With the rise in cybercrime, I am slightly worried about my computer security. I have been using open sourced anti-virus AVG for years and it has been doing well. Are anti-virus software like Norton ...
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Anti Virus Intergration

we have found an issue with some production systems that the Anti-Virus causes the program to become slow a lot of the times and generally interferes with the activity of our software. Now as far as I ...
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What are the arguments for and against having anti-virus on domain servers

I have been hired at a start-up where I seem to have become the de-facto admin despite being hired to do application support (to be fair I do have a background as an all-rounder). Amongst the ...
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Why would a virus writer bother to check to see if a machine is infected before infecting it?

I was looking at the tripartite structure of a virus, and it seems to check to see if a computer is infected before infecting it with the virus. Would this be an attempt to use files that are already ...
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How serious is InstallIQ?

Background: Recently I've seen hits for InstallIQ a "potentially unwanted application" from ESET. From what I can find it seems like this is an installer wrapper that asks people to install other ...
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WDF-based vs WDM-based drivers

What pros/cons of WDF driver model vs. WDM for rootkits and antivirus drivers. From what I've seen and from personal experience (though I'm still a newbie) WDM is good in that you have to do most of ...
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What patterns does a signature based anti-virus look for?

I'm working on a uni project where I will attempt to create a malware that uses some form of genetic algorithm to "evolve" itself out of being recognized by a signature based AV software. For this I ...
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Is anti virus software supposed to clean up registry entries made by malware?

I just cleaned up a virus infection on my computer (running windows) by running an Anti Virus Scan. The malicious executable files are now deleted. However, the registry entries made by it remain. ...
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Clamav can't detect encoded virus files

I have a PHP sheller file (like c99 file) but it's Encoded ( with this functions: eval(gzinflate(base64_decode("7P3rehblahblah)) ) and the clamav virus scan can't detect it. How i can detect virus ...
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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 ...
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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 signature-based Antivirus detect encrypted malware? [duplicate]

How effective signature-based Antivirus is, in detecting encrypted malware?
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AV boot disks and Truecrypt encrypted drives

I was wondering if there were any "how-to" guides on what is needed to modify AV boot disks, such as Sophos, kaspersky, AVG etc in order to load the decryption drivers/bootloader for Truecrypt before ...
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What protection certificates would be required for an application that consists of setup, loading utility and main application?

Say we have an InnoSetup installer script, a native C++ QT files loading application and a .Net client application that we load/update each time and which is the main application. We load files via ...
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What is “KDV” in antivirus databases?

I scanned a file (virus) on VirusTotal and 3-5 antivirus labelled it as Generic.KDV.549626 Is there any central "KDV" database where all the entries related to a virus are stored?
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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 ...
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How to keep Mac secure from viruses, malware and keyloggers?

How can I download and install software and make sure that it is not infected with viruses, malware or a keylogger? Also, I heard that Macs "don't get viruses". Is this true? Is it a good practice to ...
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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 ...
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A new virus with unknown function

We have detected a new virus that was sent to us by mail. The email contained a zip file which contains an executable with the same name. As a first step, we uploaded the file to virustotal, to be ...
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Antivirus / Wireless PCI v2 Controls Scope

Do the Antivirus / Wireless controls within PCI v2 apply for the entire organisation, or just for the PCI scope?
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Antivirus keeps blocking connection from a file I don't recognize

This is a follow up to this question. I've finally tracked down the file Avast keeps detecting and it's C:\Users\Jacob\AppData\Local\Updater.exe , I've no clue what this file is for , but am wondering ...
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Are older viruses removed from virus definition files?

Antivirus software receives constant updates in the form of virus definition files, containing the patterns used to identify viruses. It is a feature present on most (if not all) major AV for at least ...
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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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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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Protecting Backups from Viruses

Currently we are using ReadyNAS by NETGEAR to hold all our images from all our machines. My question is can viruses expand from the machines and infect the NAS drive and the backups? We are using ...
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Manual Checks for Signs of Infection on Windows 7

Suppose I wanted to run some manual checks to see if my Windows 7 machine has been infected. I don't usually do anything to get it infected, but I would like to check whether the below steps are ...
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Scan password protected email attachments for malware

We have an email policy that prevents email from going through if it has password protected archive files attached. This is to protect users from viruses and trojans because the contents of the ...
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MacOS: quarantining data for import

I have collected over many, many years data from many sources, some of which could be questionable - for example an upload page on a web server at home - to the point where I don't completely trust ...
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Are there faux/fake malicious websites to test web reputation services similar to EICAR?

Antivirus writers have agreed for their software to recognize a standard "fake" virus file - the EICAR file, to let users check, that the software is up and running. Are there any equivalent test ...
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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 ...
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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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Excluding executables in winsxs folder

I am facing a big problem since there are many msbuild.exe files in .Netframework and winsxs folders and I don't know if it is required to set all of them as trusted in the antivirus. The path ...
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Does validating a mime-type reduce or stop the need for virus scanning?

I am building a small web app in php, that accepts .doc /.docx / .rtf and .txt files. I've validated them against their mime-types. But now I'm thinking about virus scanning. I know there are systems ...