Malware is any software application which subverts the will of the legitimate owner of a computer, by means of force or subterfuge, with or without personal or monetary gain on the part of the creator.

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Large amount of foreign IPs hitting out firewall, is this automated scans or are we under attack?

I just got put in charge of a network. In the logs on our firewall I noticed that we had a large amounts of machines trying to connect to port 53 as well as about a dozen other ports. Are these ...
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Malicious self-executing code can only exist in EXIF data in JPEG images?

Let's say we got an infected JPEG image that just by viewing it can automatically execute the malicious code stored inside it. It can do this either by taking advantage of the image viewer's security ...
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Hidden Malware on a windows OS able to startup [closed]

How do hackers hide there malware on windows, to startup and be impossible to find then delete. The results I found that a hacker can use to hide his malware: (found here) Windows: Setting hidden ...
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How to wipe potentially infected SSD?

I recently fell victim to some Adware (and possible malware). I was installing Firefox and clicked an ad link in Bing and downloaded a "packaged" Firefox install. I believe the ad is still at the ...
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Text changing virus

Can malware change words that I have typed and then saved in the computer'? If so, how likely is this?
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Somehow unexpectedly my computer got infected with malware

So I consider myself a pretty conscious computer user. I run Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64bit and I update it. For surfing on the web I use Firefox 20.0.1 - I keep it updated. I also have NoScript and AdBlock ...
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Firefox Desktop Shortcut Being Renamed

On my Vista PC the Firefox shortcut icon is being randomly renamed. The name changes to some variation of a recently visited URL. This unwanted action has survived several version updates. Of course I ...
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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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Malware ad.adsmatte infection

My PC is infected with malware, whenever I open a webpage and click on it a new tab opens on "ad.adsmatte.com". I scanned my PC with Malwarebytes but was unable to resolve the problem. So I ...
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Protecting the BIOS from malware [closed]

The BIOS operates at a lower level than the OS, so antivirus software cannot scan it. Is there any other security software that we should use to protect the BIOS?
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Viewing an infected file via FTP and code editor won't infect my PC right?

My apologies this may sound like a paranoid question... Recently my friend's website was infected by malware. With her permission, I FTP into her account to have a look and found some malicious PHP ...
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When MBR pirates grin as an indication of absolute pleasure!

Someone, have no idea who, really worked my computer, and placed some rootkit, all-knowing, all-smashing malware something and I simply cannot keep Windows OS clean in a multiboot configuration with ...
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Help understanding malware infection

I'm kind of a newbie to security and need help fully understanding how I would infect myself inadvertently. Let's say I was to download a .zip file attached to an email and I unzipped the contents. ...
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Efficacy of self-made ransomware protection

I was recently wondering about how to circumvent malware such as the infamous Cryptolocker a while back and was wondering about the efficacy of having a set of files with known content in a known ...
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Do multiplatform viruses exist? [closed]

Is there any known virus that targets the main operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X?
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Identifying suspicious encrypted traffic [duplicate]

Firstly, I welcome a better title for this question. I admit I'm a security novice. I'm trying to determine whether I have malware and what that malware may be doing. Using Wireshark, I see several ...
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Is monitoring registry hives enough to detect new malware installation?

Is checking the state of the supporting files of the Windows registry hives enough to detect if a new software/malware has been installed on the computer or a given Windows regsitry key has been ...
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Next steps to get rid of malware? [duplicate]

My father in law just had a problem,He clicked on a link in an email (he was using gmail on the version 35.0.1916.114m of Chrome), and suddenly the computer sort of went black, and possibly something ...
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USB Flash drives and data theft: x355

Can somebody have stolen files and data from my desktop PC just by inserting a USB Flash drive in my computer, without dragging files over to the Flash drive?
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Can JavaScript be used to install malware?

Looking at the Pwn2Own contest got me thinking: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/pwn2own-carnage-continues-as-exploits-take-down-adobe-reader-flash/?comments=1 If you have all plugins turned ...
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how to protect my data from malware/spyware that infected my BIOS?

we all know that some countries do their best to spy on their citizens and the citizen of other countries and that countries maybe have specialized spying agencies wither they are known or not, and, ...
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Malware in RevSlider plugin?

Maybe my WordPress site is hacked, because it's always send spams (5000 / day). I found one file in plugins folder which contains this base64 code. What shoul I do? EDIT: Oh, i found another one: ...
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Methods to have multiple Anti Virus installed on one machine

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro, Ideally I would like to have the top 5 Anti Virus installed but I am aware it is not advised as they can clash with each other. I was wondering if there is a favoured ...
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Contents of Lenova/Superfish certificate

I would like to examine the Lenova/Superfish root certificate being used in the wild. I've worked through articles like Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections, ...
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Roommate Frequently Hacked — How Do I Protect My Network/Devices?

If you absolutely had to share a network with a user who had a very lax approach to security and was frequently hacked (1-2x month for over a year now), what might you consider doing to secure your ...
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unprivileged or privileged malware for botnets

For those malwares which are used to organize botnets to DDOS a website, they just need to send and receive HTTP packets. Do they need to be privileged? If they dont need to be privileged, is it true ...
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How to search for evidence of Camfecting (webcam hacking)?

I'm worried about camfecting (webcam hacking). The camera light on my mac (running OSX) is not on, but it isn't hard wired so that doesn't say a lot. I've ran a virus scan but no signs. Now my idea ...
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Android's Encryption mechanism

Well, according to my Android smartphone, it says the phone has been encrypted. Should I be worried if it has a malware or if I get hacked because I once clicked a link on a certain website then I ...
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Where do suspect requests from logged-in users to my website come from?

I have an ASP.Net MVC 4 web application that is hosted on a Windows 2008 server. The application is secured by a custom ASP.Net membership provider. Only users who are granted permission by the admin ...
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Can I get a malware on Windows without administrative rights?

I'm a Linux user and I installed Windows recently, I need it for some software. I don't want to use any anti-malware programs, I don't plan on giving administrative rights to applications I don't ...
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Are virtual “canary” systems used to detect malicious programs?

I was wondering if malicious programs are detected using a virtual system. For example a "canary" system would be set up in a virtual environment then unknown and untrusted programs would be executed ...
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Does keylogger see CTR+C and CTRL+V? [duplicate]

E.g. if I copy something from the email from my hosting company (name, password etc.) and paste it to the ftp client or some online form in the browser, do the keylogger get this name or password? ...
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Infected usb flash drive detection and cleaning

Want to know what all type of malware infections are their that hides themselves in a pendrive completly and infects machine silently.How to detect this type of malware as they cannot be seen. How to ...
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Infection I can't shut down, disguises process as scvhost.exe [closed]

A little while ago my home machine got hit and I was able to clean out just about everything except this one process. I can't find the origin but it shows in my process manager as scvhost.net by the ...
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Malware code in WordPress?

I'm pretty sure that we have malware code in our WordPress website - Here is the code in question, it is located at the top of every php file in the website; { ...
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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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How can I detect unencrypted self-executing code in JPEG images?

Assuming that I have an infected image containing a self-executing malicious code that targets my image viewer and executes when I open the file. Supposing also that my computer is completely clean ...
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Questions about the 2013 php.net malware

On October 24th, 2013, the admins of the famous php.net website said that their website delivered malware to its visitors using a drive-by download attacK. I have several questions about this malware, ...
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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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Verifying integrity of text files

While I was away from my home I needed to do some work on a java program so I booted a friends netbook(windows 8) I had with me and finished most of the works I needed to do there. Tho when I returned ...
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Malware stole an executable file on my computer? Seems unlikely

If you don't want to read all of the details, skip to the bottom; I'll make a summary. I created a computer program as a proof of concept (I threw it together in 12 hours, so I wrote it in Visual ...
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Detecting Malware in the android App [closed]

I've been given an APK file, and before re-distributing to the "market" I want to make sure the given android app does not contain the malware. How can I do that ? Business use case is similar like : ...
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How to deal with a hacked laptop that's being remotely monitored

One of friends hacked my laptop and now whenever I come online he can tell what tabs are opened in my browser, so I think he is remotely monitoring me. I don't know how he did this, since I didn't ...
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Scan Source Code for Potential Viruses

If you are sent a program written by someone so that you have the complete source code, how would you go about scanning the source code for any potential viruses/malware? Note: While bugs and ...
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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 to Secure My DropBox Installation?

I am sharing a DropBox Folder with by Friends for a project so that we can be updated with each other progress. But i was not very convince after reading the How secure is Dropbox?. What if one of my ...
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Any one know about UDP traffic on source port 26221?

On my captured network traffic i observe a flow having a source udp port of 26221 and have different destination udp ports. Some of these destination ports were standards IANA ports. The average ...
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Appilicability of Theoritical Computer Science/Formal methods in Malware research

I would like to know the importance of Theoritical CS/Formal methods in Malware research. Due to the large volume of new malware variants received per day (~50,000 samples/day according to McAfee), ...
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Actual use of covert channel in malware

I have seen several academic sources mentioning covert channels in computers, such as one process sending data to another process/thread on the same machine in a way that attempts to avoid detection. ...
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A malicious folder is created automatically? [closed]

After I ran a third party game and uninstalled it, my antivirus is showing this message repeatedly every 7-8 seconds. When I run the antivirus it shows the malware detected and removed, but again ...