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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Is it suspicious that mail server sends traffic to Tor Exit node?

I am monitoring the outbound traffic from mail server through IDS and recently I observed there were some traffic sending to Tor Exit nodes from mail server, for example, IP 46.183.85.124. After doing ...
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How can I safely test malware in a VM? [duplicate]

This question has probably been asked several times here, but I'll ask it a bit differently. I am trying to learn about malware and how it infects computers and how to disinfect a computer if one ...
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How to detect suspicious content in a TrueType Font (.ttf) font file

I got curious about how to scan or assess the risk of a particular font file before deploying it to hosts. First line of defense, of course, is to make sure that our hosts are patched against any ...
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Preventing uploads of malware to server by changing all extentions to PNG?

Ok, so I have my own website, and you can use the file upload quite a bit, and it is very important to the site. However, I've been hearing that clients can still bypass a file extension restrictions (...
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How can I get infected by computer viruses? [duplicate]

I would call my self a security aware computers professional, and I was asking my self for a long time now allready. How can it be that male-ware gets onto my computer wihtout me actively playing it ...
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How does a malware overcomes this facility

I've seen many viruses/malicious VB scripts get executed when accidentally double clicked or through fake shortcuts redirecting to some viruses causing the Victim's PC a serious damage. But nowadays ...
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Polymorphic Analysis

I'm a beginner at malware analysis. For my research studies, I have to identify polymorphic malware based from experiments. I would like to know if there are any guides showing how to analyze the code ...
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Suspicious Network Activity - is my system compromised?

When using Firefox to open a blank page, I have a weird network connection that shows under Network Activity in Resource Monitor (Windows 7). The address is: insiders-guide.pacedev.com. A screenshot:...
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My cellphone is infected, and it keeps coming back

Please bear with me as English is not my native language My Android smartphone downloads apps automatically without any interaction. Generally the apps are known but some are unknown apps. I can only ...
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How do I remove my website from the malware database?

I have a website which is basically a service platform. As far as I know there is no malware in my website (at least not found according to these free scanners). However, Check Point malware database ...
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Does typical Ransomware only 'attack' certain folders/filetypes

I expect this is very much on a per malware and OS basis so could potentially be very broad hence the typical. A user's computer has been infected by a piece of malware which aims to encrypt all ...
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Is there any chance of PC getting infected when you analyse PCAP malware file?

Currently, there are lots of pcap files of malware analysis carried by other researchers available on Internet. Such files show the traffic pattern and communication of the malware with it's C&C ...
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Can a virus execute without user interaction? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of malware infection techniques where the user is infected by drive by downloads through browser vulnerabilities or social engineering. But is there a way that a virus could execute ...
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How do I safely inspect a potentially malicious website?

Sometimes I'm interested in what's behind a malicious website. How do I stay on the safe side if I decide to inspect? I'm searching for methods that are quicker and more simple than running the ...
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website - infected by malware and if yes, how can I treat it? [closed]

A friend told me that the website of our association, here , got blocked by the corporate network of the company he is working for, due to malware (see picture below) I've tried a few website like ...
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Protect against virus and malware attacks from website ads with iptables

Lots of websites spread malware by publishing advertisements that distribute malware. Even YouTube's ad network has been compromised in the past. Browser ad blockers and related plugins have there own ...
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Why don't the majority of today's malware use strong cryptography?

While reading another story of botnet takedown, my wondering has reached its apogee: Why don't malware authors use cryptography (encryption + signing) provided by good libraries when their creations ...
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Advertisement on Skype tried to download a file to my computer using Javascript

I usually have Skype running in the background. If you have ever used Skype before, you probably know it has advertisements. One of these advertisements made two windows pop up on my screen, asking to ...
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mail.ru and slightsearch.ru hijacking browser default search engine set by admin

I recently got malware installed on my PC that contained software that infected my google chrome, by hijacking my default search engine. I tried: Removing newly installed programs from PC, using ...
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Do the most common ransomware programs delete the original files as they go, or in a big bulk delete at the very end?

I'm talking about the most common varieties like Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, Torrentlocker, KeRanger, RSA4096, etc. (There is not necessarily a need to answer for all of these, one or two may do.) If ...
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Mitigating the risk for a successful ransomware infection

The company I work for has been getting hit with loads and loads of frightfully sophisticated ransomware spam lately, people masking as consultants, customers, very specific company requests, etc. ...
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How to safely exchange functionality of a file between two computers?

I have two computers and the goal is to move a functionality of a given file from computer A to computer B. The file is supposed to have a certain known functionality but it potentially could expose ...
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What should you do if you catch ransomware mid-operation?

You boot up your computer one day and while using it you notice that your drive is unusually busy. You check the System Monitor and notice that an unknown process is using the CPU and both reading and ...
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Do these DNS requests seem like Conficker/Torpig-like behaviour?

I'm at my wit's end on this one... I have been seeing weird traffic from an IP on a client's local network and I think the host is malicious. Looking at the traffic it is producing, is always ...
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Random autofill [closed]

I was trying to pay for something just now, and when I put my name in the chrome autofill came up and I clicked it. The address that showed up was wrong though but corresponded to the postcode of one ...
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Will completely wiping your hard drive remove all malware? [duplicate]

I recently bought a new computer. Now I want to convert my old PC into a Linux system. However, I want to start completely fresh and not bring over any malware. I am already planning to wipe ...
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How can a polymorphic virus decrypt and execute portions of the code during runtime?

I found this article about a polymorphic virus that encrypted and decrypted itself during runtime. The article said that the only non-encrypted part was a stub that decrypted the next part of the ...
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Could someone help me deobfuscate this malicious script code [duplicate]

Two months ago one of our Wordpress sites was infested through and through. This was at the same time I started working at this company. Our main platform is Plone, but I guess they did some on the ...
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Malware able to “read” one's screen

I was searching online about multifactor authentication. One of the reasons that people recommend it is because they fear someone may use a keylogger to "steal" their password, so they use one more ...
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Malware or viruses by browser redirects?

Recently was browsing and clicked on a link to the following address: (In code blocks so you cant accidently click it) http://paycheck-calculator.org/ Clicking on this quickly loaded 2-3 different ...
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Android Malware Dataset

I am working on a project to identify the author of the malicious apk. To test my results I need dataset of malicious apks along with their authors. Currently I am working on a dataset which is very ...
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Is tails os susceptible to a cold boot attack?

I've looked at the documentation and it mentions that upon shutdown the data residing in the ram is overwritten, however it doesn't go into any detail on how it does this. Documentation link: https://...
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One-time mystery redirect from one of our pages

I'll make the explanation of the situation as thorough as I can, and the question is at the bottom. Recently, we received a report from one of our users that, immediately after logging out of our ...
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With Ubuntu on Windows 10, could exploits and malware that work on Ubuntu (or related distros) work on Windows? [closed]

So apparently Hell has finally and completely frozen over: the next major update for Windows 10 will be able to natively run Bash, related tools, and even some broader set of Linux binaries/programs ...
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Does malware persist after wiping hard drive and reinstalling OS from manufacturer disc? [duplicate]

This question is related to a computer where users other than the owner have had access for periods of several hours at a time. The following steps have been taken to clean the computer: Used ...
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Is it possible to hide malicious code within/behind an image? [closed]

Is it possible to hide malicious code either within an image, or behind it as it is displayed on a webpage and then if the user saves this image, they actually are downloading the malicious code? ...
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How is malware distributed within zip files?

Recently it seems there has been a big outbreak of zip files being emailed to people with a .js file containing code that downloads and executes cryptoware. How does the .js actually get executed ...
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How to distinguish malware from system crash?

Recently, I browsed to a website, which appeared to consume all the computer's resources. Although the mouse cursor continued to move, the browser (and other applications) slowed down fast and soon ...
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How to trace the actions performed by a virus?

Is that possible to trace the actions performed by a virus? Run Time , stolen data and the files consulted and get the relative impact on my pc.?
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Where to get a specific malware by its name?

First of all, I have referred almost all the links provided by the following links Finding a specific malware sample for malware analysis purposes http://reverseengineering.stackexchange.com/...
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How does this javascript attack work?

There is a closed question on StackOverflow with a similar code excerpt but it is closed due to not being a programming related question so I thought I would ask here instead. It was emailed in a Zip ...
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Is there a server/website specific malware scanner? [closed]

I have multiple Linux CentOS servers that are scanned with the Google Webmaster Tools, and when it finds some malicious code on my servers(shared/dedicated), the ranking of those site drops. What I am ...
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Zero-day malware protection [closed]

What is the best approach in defending your company against zero-day malware? Is there a firewall/system to do that? Is it good to run every file in a sandbox and to track activity of the sandbox?
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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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Does any malware target Tails?

Tails is not a popular OS and is optimized for security, which makes me doubt there is a significant amount of malware that targets it. I googled "malware targeting tails," and found no relevant ...
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Creating a dynamic malware analysis environment

I don't know much about malware analysis so why this question here. I have analysed Short cut virus statistically and its impact on USB drives and wrote a code to repair its damage. My static ...
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How can I safely check whether an email link leads to a malicious website?

Over the last few weeks, I've gotten several spam emails from different friends that only contained links to different websites. I would like to click on those links and see what's on the website. ...
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Windows command line does not check for revoked certificates: How bad is it?

I recently updated my D-link wifi dongle driver. However, I had to do this through the command line because Microsoft revoked the D-link certificates after a leak. The executable would simply not ...
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What are the actions of Locky on the source files which lead to encrypting?

During discussions about possible actions to mitigate the risk of the ransomware Locky, someone pointed at the possibility of preventing at OS level the creation of .locky files via the File Server ...
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Regarding malware and hardware

Bit of a weird one, hope this is the appropriate venue: I've just purchased some Ethernet-over-power adapters that were returned to and repackaged by a brick and mortar retailer. I'm trying to be ...