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 installing malicious add-ons via drive-by attacks the only way to add new toolbars to browsers?

Some attacks on web browsers consist in installing new toolbars on the browser of the user (which is just a small aspect of browser-hijacking. My question: is installing (malicious) add-ons (via ...
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How to inject executable, malicious code into PDF, JPEG, MP3, etc.?

I wanted to know if its generally possible to inject executable code into files like PDFs or JPEGs etc., or must there be some kind of security hole in the application? And if so, how would one do ...
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How to protect against the new malware Mazar Bot?

Mazar Bot is new Android malware that spreads via SMS. Its capabilities: It can read incoming SMS and send itself, make calls to directory contacts, contaminate Chrome, access to the Network, read the ...
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Why would a hacker/thief just use my credit card for Apple in-app purchase? [closed]

I talked with Apple and finally I found out it was my credit card information got stolen instead of my Apple account. I looked at all my transactions and hacker/thief only made few Apple in-app ...
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Is this behavior the result of malware?

I have setup a new set of servers to test a software in Amazon EC2, and had set up my application. I've given it public access and a DNS entry, so its easily reachable by those that need to test it ...
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Why does Google Safe Browsing keep detecting malware on my website?

We provide a freemium service to upload large files and download them later on. Using ClamAV, we scan every file for viruses after it is uploaded and before it can be downloaded. The file is deleted ...
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Bad USB malware and Chrome OS

I have recently been reading about the unpatchable BadUSB and similar malware. I use Chrome OS, which is supposed to be very secure, but could someone with physical access to my system compromise it ...
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What is the risk of copy and pasting Linux commands from a website? How can some commands be invisible? [duplicate]

Like all beginners in the land of Linux, I usually look for websites that contain some useful shell commands, mark it with my mouse, copy it (CTRL + C) and paste it into a terminal. For example, if ...
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How many viruses has the average computer? [closed]

Malware hides, so you cannot expect your computer to be malware-free, even when you have antivirus. My computer works fine, but I am fairly sure that I might have something lurking in there. Rootkits ...
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How to prevent IoT devices from phoning home via the neighbor's wifi?

I'm wondering what, if anything, can be done to thwart the sort of attack described below. First, you can assume the following: (1) There are several devices in your home which you have deliberately ...
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Benefits of injecting antivirus inside browser

Some antiviruses propose you to use their browser plug-ins. For instance, Avast SafeZone propose you reactive defend by checking signatures of keylogers/malware/spyware etc. But, what's the benefit ...
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Are Push 2FA methods safe from Android and iOS Malware?

I am doing a survey on various 2FA solutions, and recently I came across “Push” 2FA (e.g Duo Security). In this solution, the site (e.g. a banking site) pushes a notification to the user’s mobile ...
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SafeZone: keyloggers/malware/spyware protection

As part of Avast free updates you have a chance to use SafeZone browser. Among features of SafeZone browser I found that SafeZone protects you from keyloggers/malware/spyware. I'm interesting ...
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unauthorized logging into my computer

I ve been suspecting someone logging into my computer because a couple of times, during the user log on screen I saw "Signed in remotely from.." The first timeIi saw some of my pictures copied on ...
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Is it dangerous to call spam phone numbers, even if you know they're spammers?

I sometimes like to check spam just to see how the messages look like, and I found someone who actually put an American phone number (1-XXX-XXX-XXXX). Most of these spammers are either trying to get ...
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How safe are employee laptops in China against International corporate espionage?

I recently took a business trip to China. Our IT department told me I could not take my normal machine, and instead gave me a loaner. This loaner had MS Outlook and was linked to my normal company ...
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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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What makes Malware so difficult to remove?

Why is it that when malware or adware is installed it's extremely difficult to remove? You can't go into your programs list to uninstall it and usually need a special program to remove it. What do the ...
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Do technical advice sites sometimes link to malware, and if so, how should we properly research errors? [closed]

Suppose you get an error on your PC that shows up randomly, then you do a search on the internet for the error to find out how to fix it. Typically, you will get some sites that offer a solution, but ...
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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does a RAT works? I understand it as once we visit the infected website, the browser might download the Trojan to our PC automatically. Will it be executed and auto-installed in our computer? I ...
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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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Ad-Banner Rendering Sites Serve with malicious content - how to respond?

We've received a random email, which was of-course by the way it looks might be a marketing attempt - however, one always needs for a verification to be done. The email read the following: We ...
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iPad infected with virus (popup - admobinew.com)

This morning I was reading some news on some websites (I think one of them was haaretz.com) using my iPad (ios 9.0.1), I clicked on a news and I was redirected to some dodgy website and I started ...
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Router Malware Infection [closed]

I am aware that routers can be infected by malware and I have two questions. Can a router be infected with malware through the USB port. Are routers only susceptible to DNS malware such that you ...
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“Virus Found” Web Browser Pop-up

I use a website that typically creates a new tab with an ad on the first click. Usually, I can close the tab without even looking at it, but recently a more aggressive strain brings up a pop-up (for ...
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Are .dll files normally found in system32 but now in a user’s AppData folder always suspicious?

I recently had to read over some malware reports and associated logs for a confirmed malware detection and subsequent infection of a Windows asset. The logs clearly show .dll files in a user’s AppData ...
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Security of Windows Processes using “RunAs A Different User”

I've struggled to find much information on this topic. What I'm interested in is the following: Scenario A user is logged into a Windows (7, 8.1, etc) workstation as a standard non-administrative ...
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Does prefetching/preloading in web browsers pose a security risk?

Today I googled the name of a domain that was reportedly serving up malware. My search results came up (with the compromised domain at the top of the list) and within seconds my AV gave an alert ...
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Is mgicinjs.info a virus or malware site? How to get rid of it?

Today, I noticed that almost all of my web project (published or in localhost) have a set of weird script references in their pages: And they are all automatically generated - they don't appear in ...
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How dangerous are worm:win32/Goldrv!rfn and worm:win32/vbjk?

Windows defender has detected the following worms on my system and I was wondering how dangerous are they and what is it that they do?
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What to do after a BadUSB attack? [closed]

I'm asking myself what to do after a user gets attacked by BadUSB? (Full scan, boot-time scan, ...?) Is the "bad usb" stick even able to infect the user's system with malware or other spy tools?
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How do browser injections work?

I've heard many times that malware like Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel are able to do browser injections to steal credit card data. How do they do it? how do browser "injections" work? How are they able to ...
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How does Zeus (and other malware) inject code into other processes

Recently, I've been studying how malware works, most recently the infamously known Zeus bot, and I've noticed one thing that I don't seem to understand: The malware is said to be able to hook APIs in ...
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How does “Ransomware” Work?

So I am wondering how Ransomware files work. I know Ransomware encrypts all files with AES-256 for speed but where does RSA come in? Apparently RSA is slow to encrypt files so it uses AES-256 first ...
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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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How to protect Windows Registery from being changed or from programs trying to add keys

This question is with regards to Windows Personal PC. How to protect Windows Registry from being changed or from programs trying to add keys? I understand that the following general good practices ...
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Is Adobe Flash Player installer redirect due to a malware?

When I go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 'Install Now' will redirect me to their homepage without downloading the update or any explanation. What could be going on? Is some malware ...
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Our users get a trojan horse alert on our site, but we don't. What do we do?

A user of our website got a trojan horse alert when she tried to get to our website. But myself and some other friends got no alert whatsoever and can go on the website and download files without ...
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xcodeghost infection in a byod device

We detected network traffic from a device infected with xcodeghost trying to reach a known bot command and control address. Obviously, we removed the device from the network. The user removed two ...
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iLivid infection/ iLivid behaviour analysis

Although lots of surveys and reports have been done on iLivid by lots of malware analyzers, I decided to inspect iLivid independent of previous research. I have read lots of reports about iLivid but ...
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Can my computer get infected if I hover the mouse to check the thumbnail of an e-mail attachment?

So, today an user sent me an e-mail about a suspicious e-mail. When I opened it to check it, I accidentaly hovered the mouse over the "doc.jpg" and it opened the image thumbnail. I never bothered to ...
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What's the Safest Way to Open / View Email Attachments? [duplicate]

I'm aware that opening email attachments is a great way to let malware onto my computer. Friends and relatives often send me videos as attachments, so I'm wondering if there's a way to download and ...
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Browser hijacked - how to fix and prevent?

For the second time in a month, my work PC has been infected with malware that is hijacking my Google search results in Firefox. A search for the URL hijacked searches end up at turns up nothing on ...
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How Skype Click to Call plugin is used to send spam?

My friend had Skype Click to Call plugin installed within browser on Mac OSX. And his Skype account started to send some automatic spam messages linking to lose weight websites (via goo.gl) without ...
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How to reinstall Win7 from a D-drive on an infected laptop

The laptop is infected with some sort of bad stuff (virus? Trojan? malware? etc). I am thinking of wiping it clean and reinstal Win7 "from scratch". I am running Win7 from an HP Probook, which has a ...
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Detecting Malcode in Excel and Word Documents

There are a bunch of tricks to circumvent potentially malicious macros in office documents you receive. My question is how do I [forensically] detect if there are malicious macros in the documents? ...
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Identifying the author(s) of a piece of malware

When a new piece of malware appears, people can try to determine where it comes from, and who its authors could be. How do security experts attempt to identify the authors of a new publicly disclosed ...
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Can Keyloggers get passwords from Windows 7/8 Logon Screen?

If yes, do you know some examples of Keyloggers capable of perform this? EDIT: I mean when logon in the windows right after power on the PC and/or when locked with Win+L.
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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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Access android internal storage for full passive deep malware scan?

Is it possible to passively (with a computer) view/scan all content on an android mobile device's internal storage without crackopen/damaging it? For a deep malware scan of the whole storage of the ...