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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Objectively, how effective are malware removal tools at detecting infections?

I'm fully aware that concrete scientific data may not exist on this topic but I feel that the question at hand won't all boil down to opinion. Either way, with the rampant increase in sophistication ...
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Is there a way to use VirusTotal.com offline?

I live at a place where we don't always always have internet. I wonder if there is something like VirusTotal but that could work without internet connection and sync when I have some wifi to update ...
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Moving Infected Files to Trash versus Quarantining them

When you run an AntiVirus, typically they give you the option of quarantining the infected files. I remember when I was a kid I would move them to the trash bin instead. My question is, which method - ...
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Metasploit Meterpreter alternatives

These days I am testing various type of client hacking techniques, but in all scenarios I am using Meterpreter variations as payload. Now I can bypass Anti-Virus and Firewalls easily, but Symantec ...
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Should veil framework produce packed and obfuscated binaries which bypass virustotal?

I have been working with the veil framework to test an internal IDS system I have in place. I have used a public malware sample which produces an 8/53 hit score on Virustotal and run it through the ...
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How would I prove a windows executable is not a false positive? [closed]

I am could looking looking at method that involves decompilation or hex editing but I am hoping something simpler is available, although fully willing to go down that path. The scenario I am trying ...
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Virus: Images get replaced on website [closed]

I have installed Windows 7 again on my laptop with Chrome as browser. The problem is that on different websites I visit, the actual images of the website get replaced with out of context images. It ...
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Are virus signatures different between antiviruses?

Are virus signatures different between antiviruses? For example, can a virus signature in Kaspersky differ from the signature associated to the same virus in Avast?
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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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Effectiveness of Secure Boot on kernel-mode rootkit detection

With so many new patches and updates, how effect is Secure Boot on detecting kernel-mode rootkits?
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Difference between antivirus and sandbox?

When reading about how antivirus and sandbox work, my understanding is that an AV scans a file to see whether it matches with known viruses signatures. Sandbox can be used to obtain the behaviors of a ...
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Should the risk of antivirus products be reconsidered in light of the TrendMicro critical bug report [closed]

Tavis Ormandy of Google has recently discovered a critical TrendMicro design flaw identified in this bug report - TrendMicro node.js HTTP server listening on localhost can execute commands. The bug ...
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Is rooting an Android phone to install an anti-virus firewall worth it?

Some Android anti-virus offer a firewall like Avast or Comodo anti-virus but you need to have a root access to use them. However rooting an Adroid phone is often presented as a security risk. So: ...
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Antivirus constantly detecting tmp files as threats

Recently my antivirus has been constantly detecting threats and it's always tmp files. I delete maybe 50 of these files each day. A few days ago it detected a trojan. Last week it detected many '.json'...
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What is the difference between a HIDS/HIPS and an anti virus?

I have gone through what IDS/IPS's are. I understand the difference between a NIDS/NIPS and a HIDS/HIPS. But Host IDS and Host IPS sound like an antivirus software to me, is there a difference?
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Is it a good idea to use two antivirus? [duplicate]

I read a "no two anti-virus" rule and I also read about how you can use two anti-virus programs, but you need to do some configuration. Is it worth it to run two anti-virus programs on one system and ...
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Should I get an antivirus for Ubuntu?

Considering the recent thread regarding anti-virus for the Mac I wonder how many of the arguments put forth are relevant today to Linux systems, specifically Ubuntu. There are no known Ubuntu ...
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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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Does AV Search Machine Code or Source?

When scanning a downloaded file, does AV search the malicious source code or assembly code to identify malicious code? Are there any online resources that give detailed analysis of how AV scans files,...
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How Can Malware Hide Using Cryptography

How is it possible for malicious programs to hide using polymorphic cryptography when programs must be first compiled into machine code? You cannot cryptographically hide machine code, can you? Then ...
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Detect trojan/keylogger/virus on a businees network

On a business computer network with around 50 computers, there is a computer infected. We need to find that and remove it. I have been running the software below in the suspicious computers, but ...
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How to successfully prevent advance persistent threats

With the topic of advance persistent threats (APT) getting common nowadays, how do you successfully prevent such an attack in the workplace? Do you have to purchase expensive tools, such as those from ...
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Virus-total offline Alternatives [duplicate]

These days I am working on FUDing my own written backdoor, RATs, etc. what is the alternative offline version of virus-total, if I don't want AV companies gaining my virus signature?
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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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Are anti-virus companies companies regularly committing software piracy?

As Mikko Hypponen highlighted in a recent tweet, anti-Virus companies collect and store both samples of malicious software and samples of legitimate software: This got me to thinking, what ...
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Linux antivirus and files bigger then 4GB

I wish to scan files that are bigger then 4GB. For example video files. I noticed many antivirus software are limited to a maximum of 4GB (ClamAV for example). So: Is there a antivirus software ...
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Is HTML5 vibrate feature a security vulnerability?

While surfing a news website on my mobile, I receive a virus infection alert warning that triggers my phone to vibrate incessantly. The alert looks like the following: I didn't expect my phone to ...
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If my antivirus caught suspicious .exe files transferring from a mac to my PC, am I safe from them?

I've been trying to help my mother in law to backup / upgrade her old Mac. In order to use online backup solutions, I've had to transfer her files to my Windows PC. As files were transferring, I saw a ...
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Should anti-virus detect metasploit payloads?

As part of a workstation pen test, I copy a simple metasploit payload onto the workstation, and try to run it. Usually this is blocked by anti-virus software. However, sometimes it isn't (I won't name ...
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Is there a more precise approach to generate signatures for ClamAV, than regex signatures?

Actually I generate signatures from libraries, to scan executables for beeing statically linked to that library. My actual approach is to read out the .text section and generate a byte sequence for ...
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Access to email without antivirus [duplicate]

I am doing a test where we want to asses whether an email with a benign virus in it, exits a network. I need a means to receive the test emails I am sending from inside the network, without any ...
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Does anti-virus/security software protect against NTFS ADS?

I know that NTFS has features called ADS which may be used to hide malware. So does antivirus/security software, such as Norton 360, protect against this type of attack?
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ClamAV Flagging application .swf files as malware

ClamAV scans on our application servers are identifying some of our legitimate Flex .swf files as malicious, specifically citing CVE-2015-5548 (specifically, "Swf.Exploit.CVE_2015_5548 FOUND"). ...
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Is Linux getting less or more secure? [closed]

The famous so-called virus-and-hacker-free Mac is a thing of the past: As it gets more popular it gets more vulnerabilities. Will Linux be the same at some point in time? Is it getting less of more ...
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Wordpress: a Virus detection plugin is necessary?

Is a Virus detection plugin is necessary for WordPress nowadays? EDIT: I mean to prevent attacks and violations... for example i'm using this plugin: https://sucuri.net/wordpress-security/wordpress-...
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Best way to check if your browser is secure

There is a lot of Malware checking software which seems is just a virus. How can you check for sure that your Windows 8 computer is uninfected with virus and malware? Is malwarebytes enough, or ...
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Why Antivirus Detects Simple Java Program as Trojan?

Just now I was testing a very simple code in java when I noticed a strange thing.......... On Compiling the program My antivirus detected it as trojan and deleted the jar file....... Further it is not ...
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How to pass PCI DSS 2.0 anti-virus requirement (5.1) on Linux?

PCI DSS 2.0 Requirement 5.1 states: 5.1 Deploy anti-virus software on all systems commonly affected by malicious software (particularly personal computers and servers). This requirement (...
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Will Kaspersky or BitDefender work on Hyper-V? [closed]

In case if I decide to test them or just don't want install them on a physical machine. I mean usual versions of antiviruses, not specially designed for virtual machines. Also interesting if I can ...
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Does a webserver need an antivirus software installed?

In what cases does a webserver need an antivirus software installed? When it is not required? If it is required sometimes, what should be considered when choosing the right one to install? (In my ...
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Does it matter which platform a file is scanned on for malware?

Different operating systems use different file types and file systems. Does it make a difference to a virus scan which system it is being run on and what type of malware it's looking for? I ask ...
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How is a worm different from a virus?

In spite of various online articles, I'm a bit unclear on the distinction between a "worm" and a "virus". Two related questions-- Is there a useful and clear distinction here or no? If so, what is ...
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What kind of software can be used to remove Rootkit.Sirefef.Gen? [closed]

My System has the rootkit Rootkit.Sirefef.Gen. I would like to know how I can remove this rootkit.
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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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Could antivirus programs not just scan all files upon creation?

Could antivirus programs not just scan all files as they are created instead of using on access scanning. Would this kind of approach not be much more scure?
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Do we really need an antivirus? if yes, what for? And how do they activate and enter in a PC?

I've been reading on various sites how PC get infected by viruses and I got: Email attachments (but of course, only if I get an exe and open or execute something, right?) Don't update windows ...
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Accidentally came across the source code for some malware, what to do?

I accidentally, the other day, went to a dodgy site, and today I discovered that in my cache there lay a text file. And after reading the contents of the file, I have deduced that it is the source ...
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What's the attitude of anti-virus vendors toward ransomware?

I was recently asked to look at a Windows computer behaving strangely, and I found a "Your files have been encrypted" ransom note that had been left in several directories. I wasn't able to identify ...
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How long does it typically take to distribute malware signatures?

Are there industry-wide measures that identify how long it typically takes to identify, develop and distribute new malware signatures? I want to understand how long organizations are typically ...
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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. ...