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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Does the Mebromi BIOS flashing rootkit mean APTs for personal computers are here?

With the recent discovery of the Mebromi BIOS firmware virus/MBR rootkit in the wild are we now actually in the age of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) for personal computers and does that imply ...
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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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Are there any independent organizations doing (publicly available) IT security research?

When looking up security risks on the net I find that all research being cited (if any is cited) always seems to come from the Anti-Malware companies. (just e.g., this article cites F-secure, AVG and ...
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Where to find papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems?

I am right now working on a problem and looking for some papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems. I am no expert in that area, so I lack the knowledge where to find material (...
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What do I need to do when Facebook says: “Your computer needs to be cleaned”?

I am not sure if this is the correct community for this post. If not please refer me to the correct one. I am getting a "Your computer needs to be cleaned" error message when trying to login into ...
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How to prevent my website from getting malware injection attacks?

My website was banned as a malware website by Google. When I checked the code, I found out that some code injected many files on my server. I cleaned everything manually, edited all files on my server ...
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Windows: unknown program/service etc. sends HTTP request to download a file; how can I find the origin of that request?

The firewall of my company has detected and blocked a repetitive (every 15 min) HTTP request from a PC, which tries to start a download of a file called ..._chrome_installer.exe(or so) from the host: ...
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Do Javascript malware signatures exist?

Are there signatures for malicious JavaScript codes as they exist for other viruses/worms/trojans developed in other programming languages ? If so, are these JavaScript malware signatures defined ...
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Why Apache runs as unprivileged user?

Apache Web server as a security measure relinquishes its system privileges and runs as a normal unprivileged user before accepting clients over a networks. My Question is How this measure prevents ...
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Are there faux/fake malicious websites to test web reputation services similar to EICAR?

Antivirus writers have agreed for their software to recognize a standard "fake" virus file - the EICAR file, to let users check, that the software is up and running. Are there any equivalent test ...
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Where can I find good resources on reversing web malware?

I am wondering where I can find a good site with resources on reversing web malware like javascript, flash, html5, and any other stuff that is designed to attack the clients. Does anyone have any ...
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How do I report new malware?

I have a new piece of malware that isn't detected by current anti-virus vendors. How do I report it to them? I want to do a good turn and help protect as many people as possible. What is the best ...
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How to avoid ransomware

Malware files execute themselves after downloading them. Let's look at it from the point of view of a piece of ransomware like CryptoLocker, from Wikipedia: Crypyowall 3.0, uses a payload ...
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How to manage admin rights for helpdesk staff?

My question is about issuing administrative rights to helpdesk staff in a large Active Directory setting. Helpdesk staff commonly require administrative rights to provide support for end users. I ...
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Can malware read keychain entries on iOS devices?

Keychain entries of a 3rd party app are protected according their 'protection class'. For example, assigning the class 'kSecAttrAccessibleWhenUnlocked' to a keychain entry means that the entry is only ...
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Can a malware infect just by right clicking?

Someone I know got infected. He sent me the file to analyze. I downloaded the zip and it contained a scr file. I unzipped it and right-clicked to open it in Notepad++. It immediately got quarantined ...
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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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Is there a public database of mutex names that are associated with malware?

I remember seeing something like this a while back, and it'd be incredibly useful for a project I'm working on. Essentially there was a list of mutex names, with a list of malware identifiers (e.g. ...
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Looking for URL Blacklists of Malicious Websites [closed]

Is there a maintained list of URLs that contain malicious content. These URLs may be involved in Phishing, Scams, Viri, or other Malware. Please indicate in your answer if the list is freely ...
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AV detection of signed malware

With the massive Sony leaks (including their private keys/certificate), i was wondering: How do major AVs deal with signed binaries? ie: Does it influence their detecting ability of the signed ...
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Where Does ClamAV Get Its Virus Signatures?

I see that ClamAV has virus definition files which are mostly hash codes in md5, sha1, and sha256 formats, which either look at the whole file or what are called PE sections of an executable file. Of ...
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What abuses can an infected webpage do to me if I'm using Chrome and Flash is disabled

as a follow-up to this question Can you get virus just by visiting a website in chrome., I've read these pages: http://www.straightsectalk.com/?p=47 http://www.vupen.com/demos/VUPEN_Pwning_Chrome....
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How do virtual machines help security?

Can using a VM help to protect my passwords or other data? I'm asking this because I'm using a PC that others have access to, so there is possibly of some malware. I don't want to login to my web ...
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Why is my debugger detected as a Trojan by anti-virus software?

I'm trying to use a deugger (namely OllyDbg) to analyze some exe files. However, all the versions I downloaded from the Internet are considered as Trojans by some anti-virus software. (I use www....
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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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Is Buzzdocks a security threat?

A BuzzDock toolbar suddenly appeared in my Chrome browser. I definitely did not install it nor do I remember installing any crapware. It is not unknown to the internet community (Example 1, Example ...
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How can Antivirus differentiate between a Trojan and a normal remote desktop application software?

RAT (Remote Access Tool, e.g. Sub7) are considered malicious by Antivirus software. How can it distinguish between such patches and a client application for commercial software like NetSupport School?...
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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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Can malware infect more than one operating system?

Is is possible for malware to be written in a low-level language such as C or C++ and do the following: Infect a single operating systems(such as Windows) Detect other machines on the same network ...
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How serious is a local virus in terms of network security

My colleague got a notification on his machine of a possible virus (through the virus scanner that is installed by default on all machines). He called up the tech department, and they simply told him ...
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Any additional security with large blacklisting hosts file?

I run Windows with a pretty hefty c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts file obtained from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm. I update this file as regularly as I remember and layer it with ...
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Javascript phishing attack sucker: Do I need to be worried? [closed]

So, I'm an idiot. I opened a javascript phishing attack file. I would really, really appreciate some help with decoding the Javascript to figure out whether I'm in trouble, and what sort. I'm on OS X ...
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Malware code added when site viewed externally

Please see second followup at the bottom! (Now with added real malicious code! ...ish) Prompted by this question, I've noticed that my university's student charity organisation has an interesting ...
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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 can I circumvent the lack of Java updates?

Just imagine you have a bunch of computers which need Java for some important software and you can't just switch to another vendor because all are using Java in this field of technology. If you start ...
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Exactly how secure is VM browsing?

I generally do all of my web browsing in a VM. I have one "safe" VM running Ubuntu that has guest services installed. I generally only go to sites I deem are trustworthy here. I also have an "unsafe" ...
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Has my network/computer been breached?

I'm not sure if this is the right site to ask, so I apologise if it isn't, but here goes. A while ago I started noticing some odd behaviour. My Gmail account was compromised, it seemed, and I had to ...
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Example of malware in the wild?

I'd like to test an application that detects malware on my network. In order to do that, I have a Windows VM set up that I'd like to infect with malware. But for the life of me, I can't seem to find ...
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Finding spam sending scripts?

What are the tips for finding email spam sending scripts? I ask because usually I hit a wall in shared hosting environments, so I ask this question as a way to get some insight from others. What I do:...
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Process authentication for Linux

Is there any possibility to authenticate a running process in Linux to be sure that this is the original/right one? I know that an Linux operating system is only that secure like the way you use it. ...
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Can virtual machines be used to isolate vulnerable software?

I have had a look at most of the previous questions about virtual machines (VMs) and they all appear to be focused on hosting malware in the VM and preventing it breaking out of the VM. What I can’t ...
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How safe/secure are banking applications on Android phones?

I have a mobile banking application installed on my phone which allows me to pay for things, transfer money using my phone from my account to another etc. How safe or unsafe is this application? For ...
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Would running VMs inside of VMs be a more secure way to study viruses, etc?

I was reading this post on SuperUser, and it made me wonder about security. I've read somewhere else that some viruses/malware/whatever CAN break outside of a VM... and then infect the host OS. BUT, ...
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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 by deceiving the ...
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Is this powershell script an infection?

While I was sitting in front of the computer not using it,my Windows 10 machine quickly flashed a few terminal windows, and then gave me a Windows Security popup, asking for my password. I have no ...
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Is it safe to attach a potentially malicious hard drive to a Solaris machine?

We bring in hard drives from un-trusted sources and would like to ensure that they will not contain any harmful content. What kind of risk is there for Solaris? As in, if Solaris is running, and I ...
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Malware infections from visiting or using YouTube

Is it possible to be infected by viruses or other malware while visiting YouTube? What kind of measures do the YouTube staff take to prevent viruses and malware?
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How can I detect backdoors?

I have a machine running Mac OS X and I suspect there may be a backdoor installed. I know that I could take it to a professional security firm for analysis, or nuke it from orbit, but I'm interested ...
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Google showing spam links on my site

When I search the name of my site on Google, I see site links description which are spammy and not related to my site. Sometimes when I click I get redirect to phishing sites. But I have used many ...
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Is online banking more secure on iOS than a desktop computer?

Does Apple's iOS provide a more secure environment for online commerce (banking or shopping) than Windows or Mac OS X? Since the only software that can run on iOS must be vetted by Apple, the ...