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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Avast attempts to connect to the Internet when I try to download email [on hold]

The file AVAST (Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe) tries to connect when I check my email. When I forbid access to the internet for AvastSvc.exe, I can't connect to POP3 & SMTP. I'm not sure where all ...
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Server loaded with antivirus lets viral file go through

We have a .NET MVC website with a WCF Service as a service layer. One of the feature that the service offers is the ability to upload documents. When we asked our security consultant to test our ...
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How do you explain the necessity of “nuke it from orbit” to management and users?

When a machine has been infected with malware, most of us here immediately identify the appropriate action as "nuke it from orbit" - i.e. wipe the system and start over. Unfortunately, this is often ...
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Are keyboard hooks inherently malicious?

My software is using low-level keyboard and mouse Win32 hooks for legitimate reasons (if it's any relevant, it's for determining a change in the caret position of the active code pane in the VBA IDE). ...
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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.
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What is ffmpegsumo.dll [closed]

What is ffmpegsumo.dll? I do not want to visit any websites as my AV protection is currently limited. It is one of the 4 DLLs that Avira detected on my computer. The files detected were: Unsigned ...
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Avast AV could read Firefox saved passwords

My friend uses Firefox's built-in password manager feature to save passwords for sites. Later, after installing Avast Free Antivirus there was a feature called Passwords on the Avast UI. When accessed ...
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Mac OS X vulnerabilities and not having the need for an antivirus?

I have just read news about Mac OS X vulnerabilities and wondered why would people say that you don't need an antivirus if you are using a Mac? There are vulnerabilities in other operating systems ...
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May I install more than one anti ransomware on the same pc?

I installed Bitdefender anti ransomware free tool, but as I read: It is only good against CryptoWall and CTB-Locker. So I'd like to install some others, but I wonder: Is it recommendable to ...
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Computer infected with Skeeyah.A!bit [migrated]

Today I did a virus lookup for my relative via Windows Defender, and it found an Skeeyah.A!bit trojan. Windows Defender has deleted it, and even after reboot he didn't find traces of that trojan. ...
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The best way to prevent ransomware and virus? [closed]

I am using Avast free antivirus real time protection and weekly scan Malwarebytes free anti malware weekly scan Malwarebytes Anti-ransomware EMET good enough? Anything else I should do or choose ...
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How does avast! add a signature into my webmail? [migrated]

I have the free version of avast! installed on my computer. When I just sent an email on https://mail.google.com with Firefox a signature was added, saying that the sent mail is Virus-free. ...
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What Is “kaspersky security center network agent”?

I see this in the program list in my office laptop. I believe it is the anti virus installed by official networking staff but I don't see where it is in my windows. I never see it updates, any pop up ...
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What are the technical implmentation differences between signature based scanning and heuristic based scanning?

Signature based scanning works by comparing something to a database. So does this basically amount to scanning file x for string "foobar" ? I know heuristic based scanning can detect new threats that ...
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Can I block viruses from a USB stick by scanning it before opening its folder?

I inserted my USB stick into a friend's PC which was full of viruses, malwares and adwares. Therefore I suppose they attacked my USB device as well. Now I want to use my USB device on my PC without ...
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VirusTotal desktop file uploader seems infected

I wanted to scan my process with VirusTotal.com and for this I downloaded vtuploader2.2.exe from their website. Before executing, I uploaded it to VirusTotal.com and scanned it for viruses to make ...
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Why do some antivirus programs find infections that others miss?

I have Avast Free antivirus on my Windows 7 PC and yesterday I used Bit Defender quick scan addons, which spotted a virus. In rechecking with Avast, it didn't pick it up. In scanning my system with ...
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What is quarantine

What antiviruses actually do when quarantining a malicious threat does it compress the file using some algorithm or just change the extension of the file or just move the file to a safer location
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Antivirus monitoring activity: why do they not have an internal firewall to prevent processes' access to user's documents?

A question that arises after an updated and licensed version of Norton Internet Security has detected a trojan installed in my new laptop (Windows 7 installed on 26 Aug'15 and fully updated). Trojan ...
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Are malicious scripts in batch files detected by antiviruses?

We have many scripts in shared folders in our IT Department. Are malicious scripts in batch files detected by antiviruses?
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What are the security implications of autorun and external drives?

I have some questions about the security implications of accessing internal and external storage since I cant find any more information on it from what I've read. I have read about a variety of ...
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does Avast SafeZone actually make a difference?

SafeZone is a feature in Avast Anti-Virus which is like a virtual machine that only has a web broswer. The benifit of this is that it can't be infected with spyware and isn't suseptible to keylogers. ...
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What security measures to be considered [closed]

First, I know kali Linux is not suitable for day to day work. Since I am using Windows PC with low ram so I didn't prefer installing it on a virtual machine. I have totally uninstalled my windows (I ...
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Bitdefender Antivirus SSL Cert substitution

I am using Bitdefender AV 2013 ed and I have noticed that when the Scan SSL is enabled in the configuration BD will use a local certificate, as mentioned here. This modifies the cert chain with BD as ...
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If signature based AV software is becoming obsolete, what is the home user to do?

Assuming one is a worried home user who keeps certain sensitive files, works on personal projects, and generally wants to ensure the integrity of their single system (to keep it simple), what's a user ...
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Protection against file distributed malware

Let's say I have one server called A which host an upload website which is connected at the network connection B. Let's say one of my clients uploads multiple .rar files of 1 MB (that contains malware ...
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Best appraoch to test inhouse firewall effectiveness

We have Fortigate 100D that has antivirus profiles enabled like SMPT, POP3 and IMAP. How one could make sure that the antivirus is working as expected ? For instance it seems that Fortigate has ...
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Thorough computer scan

I'd like to give my computer an overall deep scan against all kinds of malware. I was infected about a year ago and I feel like there may still be some hidden rootkit on my HDD or something like ...
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I'm a White Hat and I develop my own viruses. Should I report it when almost all scanners say the executable is safe?

I develop my own viruses for 'scientific' purposes, namely to see if they pass the test of Virustotal.com. They all do, except for one or two scanners. Is this considered something you should report ...
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Can I trust my antivirus' assessment of my computer as clean, if it previously found threats?

Yesterday, I went to my Recycle Bin (for the first time in a while) to purge a bunch of files I had sent there. When I clicked on the folder, my antivirus warned me of a trojan out of the blue. Later, ...
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What is the difference between antivirus and firewalls

I need a brief explanation about the differences between antiviruses and firewalls
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How can someone know technically if antivirus provider tracks him? [closed]

Is there a technical way to make sure that your antivirus provider doesn't send any information from your computer? Is there a reliable list of antivirus providers that this issue was checked and it ...
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How can I know if my PC is getting infected?

I have installed an antivirus, but as no antivirus is perfect, what can I do to diagnose if my PC is getting infected? For example, keeping a close eye on what programs and tasks run when I turn my ...
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How Do AVs differentiate between normal cryptographic modules and viruses crypters

I have read that some viruses -in order to avoid AVs- use crypters to encrypt their code so that the AV can't detect them. so as a countermeasure, AVs are programmed to look for the crypter -in the ...
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Is there a name for an anti-virus station / kiosk?

I am not able to define the exact term for a station that is meant to scan whatever media coming from outside a company and that have the following specifications: The station should never be on any ...
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Why should anti-virus software scan on a file read?

I got a brand new PC today because I couldn't Bootcamp my Mac due to a shortage of disk space on its SSD. It had McAfee pre-installed on it, and, shortly afterward, I noticed a ton of performance ...
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Antivirus connects to their server over port 80

I ran a netstat and noticed that my computer has an always-established connection with my anti-virus (Avast) over port 80. I haven't gone as far as to parse through it in Wireshark, so I can only ...
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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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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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What to do if meterpreter get Caught? [closed]

Well we all have veil and its great really great But, When i run the payload the AV found that meterpreter is running from memory And then my payload is useless. How can i bypass that ? I tried ...
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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 ...