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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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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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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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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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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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 (Win7 installed on 26 Aug'15 and fully updated). Trojan ...
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Are there technical differences which make Linux less vulnerable to virus than Windows?

What makes Linux so different than Windows in terms of anti-virus needs? My question is not if I should get an anti-virus for my Linux. I perfectly understand why an AV is important. I would like ...
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is the market for android antivirus app too saturated? [on hold]

i wanted to develop an antivirus for the android platform and wondered if it was a still a good idea? Is there anything i can offer from the world of information security that is not already available ...
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what is the most secure hash for virus definition databases in 2015?

I have been told, if I wanted to create virus signatures from infected files to use for detection in the future, I should be careful as some of them are prone to collision attacks?
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Difference between virus and trojan?

To my current understanding: a virus is a program that does not self replicate and relies on the host file being spread, it has malicious intent. A trojan is a program that is run be deceiving the ...
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Is it possible to safely watch a specific folder with virus scan on Windows Server?

I have a website that must allow numerous file types to be uploaded, some of which could possibly be dangerous, such as a word document. There's only a single website on this server that allows this. ...
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How to disable injection JavaScript into browsers? [closed]

I am using Kaspersky Antivirus and recently I've updated it to Kaspersky Total Security 16.0.0.614. When I checked my browsers I realized Kaspersky injects remote JavaScript into all my pages even ...
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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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Kaspersky Lab malware faking. How worried should I be? [closed]

Well most probably we will never know the truth, but anyway: Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage ...
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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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what does this clamAV message mean? [migrated]

I am running a clamAV scan on a linux box, using this command: $ sudo clamscan -r -l ClamScanLog -i / [sudo] password for e: msxml.xml:14: parser error : Extra content at the end of the document ^ ...
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what is application level antivirus? can any one tell me. [duplicate]

i wish to know, using a application level antivirus, will it help me to get more security for my PC. would you suggest me to try any antivirus which provide such security, i have not come across any ...
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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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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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Can Anti-Virus Software Detect PDF Files with Viruses

Sometimes viruses are embedded in other files, like PDF and Word documents. Can antivirus software, like Kaspersky Internet Security, detect these files (PDF files, say) with viruses and malware ...
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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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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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Could malware move during a scan to avoid detection?

I think every AV-Scanner is using some predictable recursive scan to search files for malware. Couldn't malware easily detect a scan and just move to an already checked location, determined by knowing ...
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A sneaky way of disabling Microsoft Security Essentials?

For a long time I've been dismissing and ignoring this popup, which is easy since it only appears at boot (or logon) which is once every few months: But recently I became suspicious after a crash ...
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What is the precise difference between a signature based vs behavior based antivirus?

I do not understand very well the difference between signature based vs behavior based antiviruses. Please clarify the distinction between the two.
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SSL Handshake failure when antivirus is enabled

This is a problem related to SSL handshake failures when an anti-virus (Kaspersky) is in between. From WireShark, I am able to notice the SSL handshake successful (i.e towards the end client ...
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What File Types Should I Scan Before Opening? [closed]

In general, a person downloads some files from the Internet. Secure practice is to, at least, scan them before opening them. In light of this, what file types (i.e. extensions) should a normal user ...
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Methodologies for test & benchmark of Antivirus Software

I want to evaluate a new antivirus product which obviously hasn't undergone the tests by known test labs. So I want to measure its performance in different aspects and come up with common comparisons ...
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Is there a Antivirus called “Application level antivirus” [closed]

Recently I heard the term called application level antivirus. I just wanted to know is there anything like that. I heard a company provides such kind of antivirus(I dont want to post company name) I ...
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What makes it difficult to have a hardware antivirus?

MS Windows is always vulnerable to virus and worms and having an antivirus is almost necessary. How is it possible that hardware antiviruses don't exist? The idea sounds pretty good, if the antivirus ...
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Custom Metasploit payload with UAC bypass

The machine I am attacking has anti-virus installed. I have managed to use Veil Framework in order to create an initial reverse shell payload that is undetected by the AV. However, UAC is enabled on ...
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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 ...
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How do cryptographic algorithms help hackers to bypass Antivirus software?

I was wondering how do hackers use cryptography for bypassing antivirus software. I don't have some deep understanding on how antivirus software works, but I know that every antivirus has base of ...
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Can a firewall tamper with email attachments?

I am using Thunderbird as an email client for managing my different email accounts. Yesterday my friend sent me an email with a PDF attachment. Today when I tried to open the attachment I get the ...
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How to deal with virus causing massive startup delay? [closed]

I have an SSD and normally startup only takes seconds. However recently my PandaSecurity said it detected a virus and needed to restart to purge it. When I allowed the computer to restart, the ...
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How effective is antivirus software? [duplicate]

On one hand, most antivirus websites claim their products are highly effective, and I've seen antivirus "test" videos claiming 95%+ detection rates for new malware (as in less than a day old, not old ...
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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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How to get started as a Malware Analyst? [closed]

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section. A little about me: I'm going to be a sophomore in the fall at university, my major is Computer Science (Information Assurance). I've been interested in ...
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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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How do anti-viruses identify malicious pages when JavaScript doesn't have access to the filesystem anyway?

Disclaimer : I am not very knowledgeable about the behaviour of anti-viruses (anti-viri?). I was wondering how they discern between malicious and non-malicious pages if all they can read is the HTML ...
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Antivirus for scanning anonymous file uploads

Since I have no experience with AV solutions on Unix-like environments, I would need help with suggestions on something that can be suitable for scanning files that are uploaded by anonymous users ...
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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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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 can one create one's own anti-virus scan server at home? [closed]

I suppose that every one used a service such as virustotal.com, anubis.iseclab.org, or any other service that could provide the same objective to scan same files. So my question is how can I make ...
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Remote accessed? [closed]

I'm not an IT professional but I'm hoping someone will take the time to answer this. I'm not generally such an idiot but this happened: I was using Ancestry.com on Chrome and clicking links within ...
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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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Possible virus hogging bandwidth [duplicate]

My computer might have a virus infection. I have used Norton Internet Security and Power Eraser to scan the computer but it still did not work. The traffic on my PC looks like this I used resource ...
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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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Anti-virus anonymity question

Many people pay for VPNs and select the VPN based on whether or not that VPN keeps logs of the user's activities and if so for how long. The motivation is privacy- they don't want their surfing habits ...
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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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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 ...