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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Are there actions taken against websites that deliver malware?

There are serious tools and services such as Google Safe Browsing for malicious and phishing websites, and others fully dedicated to phishing websites such as Phishing.org. What is done against these ...
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I need help identifying the cause of weird outbound traffic from my network

I have some weird traffic heading outbound from my network. It is being blocked by the firewall from exiting and I'm not sure what the source is. I've looked at the machine and don't see anything ...
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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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Where do I find JavaScript malware?

I am looking for JavaScript malware. I need it just for local tests on my computer for a project I am working on. Are there any Internet resources where I could find this?
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Sophos virus protection continuously blocking codegv.ru

While using google chrome I keep getting a pop-up from Sophos saying "High Risk Website Blocked - Access has been blocked to "codegv.ru" It happens every time I perform any action in google chrome. ...
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If malware was detected in browser local storage does computer need to be nuked from orbit

I haven't used Windows partition since mid-June and I booted the system once again just a few days ago. My first action was as usual update all programs marked to be updated (including Windows ...
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How can I detect whether a webshell exploit has been run?

My forum was running MyBB 1.6.10 and maldet found a JPG file with the webshell by Orb malware code at the end (php.cmdshell.unclassed.352). I'm using nginx and had secured against arbitrary files ...
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Does Reinstalling windows ensures removal of all malwares/spywares/virus/rootkits etc? [duplicate]

If I re-install Windows, will it ensure that all types of malware/spywares/rootkits and any other malicious software are removed from my laptop?
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Is it safe to create live usb on an infected system?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. If my laptop is infected with malware, can I get rid of it by creating a live usb on it and using that live usb format and re-install the ubuntu ? I mean is it possible that ...
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The threat of video metadata

There are various old questions on stack exchange which say that malicious code in file metadata can potentially be executed when the file is opened (here, here, and here for example). They are all ...
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Unrecognizable Icon. Virus?

Sorry I'm not sure this would be the best place but I've noticed this icon recently. I'm not sure what it is and it only pops up sometimes. When it does, I can't click it or do anything to it and it ...
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How JavaScript malware targets browsers? [duplicate]

What are the main components that JavaScript malware targets on the browsers ? Which aspects of browsers on which JavaScript takes advantage to exploit them ? And which techniques are used by ...
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Antivirus settings: delete or quarantine the file?

I understand that most antiviruses by default quarantine infected files. I have changed it to remove all infected files immediately. Would this cause more harm than good?
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Can malware be dangerous even when quarantined?

I am reading a book on network security and when talking about user confusion it writes: "It is not uncommon for a user to be asked security questions such as Is it safe to quarantine this ...
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Can the USB standard be altered to prevent the “firmware attack”? [duplicate]

Wired, and others are reporting on a research paper by Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell. The paper apparently shows how any USB device (not just memory sticks) can be infected with malware at the firmware ...
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Problem in downloading and browsing [closed]

My downloads stop completing and some page in the browser appearing blank or with text only without css or js and so on, some program after complete return me a message when trying to start ...
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What are JS malware attack techniques?

Malicious JavaScript (generated by malicious hosted PHP code for example) can lead to attacks. What are the types of attack that malicious javascript could perform? Are the drive-by download attacks ...
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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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Is JavaScript malware as dangerous as native viruses? [closed]

Can JavaScript malware be as dangerous and damaging as more traditional viruses that are programmed mostly in native APIs?
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Could a malicious JS file pointed on URL/URI attack the browser/computer?

I found some website blacklisted on Google. I mean when you try to visit them, you get something like shown on this picture: After a small search, I found that some of them have a malicious ...
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How exactly does this Flash malware function on Ubuntu?

In this video, an experienced Ubuntu user manages to infect his system with some sort of malware. This is the first example I've ever seen of truly successful malware in the wild aside from privilege ...
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Can a PDF file contain a virus?

Could a PDF file contain any type of malwares ?
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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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When does it make sense to whitelist some subdomains but not others for a given domain?

Little Snitch has been useful to get a better handle on all the connections my computer tries to make. It's main dialog to allow or deny connections allows customizing (e.g. require specific port, or ...
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Questions about common exploits

I'm investigating the state of my MacBook Pro which I know was compromised, and do not know if I removed the exploits completely (and I realize, technically will never know this). I'm trying to hone ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 server attacked using Wordpress vulnerability (plugin?) [duplicate]

Env Rackspace cloud server Wordpress 3.9.1 Ubuntu 12.04 Linux web.mydomain.com 3.2.0-67-virtual #101-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jul 15 17:58:37 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux History These may ...
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How can normal files hide a virus?

How can normal files supported in the Windows operating system hide a virus? Sometimes opening a .txt , .jpg or .docx files leads to running a virus. How is this possible?
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Has personal computing security gotten better or worse in recent years? [closed]

I have a lot of experience with software as a developer, and am trying to move from newbie to more informed about present-day security. Everything I uncover makes me feel that personal computers have ...
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is it possible to upload infected pictures to a website?

I have a small website on which users can upload several types of files: images, zip files ... (except .exe files). Suppose a user uploads via the front end interface of my website a picture which is ...
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How to tell if my laptop is being spied on

I've been trying to determine if there is malware on my OS X 10.9.3 Mac, that is could be doing keylogging or other forms of non-destructive intrusion. Given the (not technically based) suspicion I ...
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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 there any way to block LD_PRELOAD and LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Linux?

Preferably with a vanilla Linux kernel i.e. not using SELinux or GrSecurity? Lately there has been a case of in-the-wild UNIX server malware: ...
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How does malware hooks ASEPs?

What are the operations made by malware to hook the auto start extensibility points in order to be able to run at the startup of the computer that runs Windows operation system ?
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Live Boot Devices

Found this article on using Live Boot Devices to do sensitive tasks such as online banking. While the article discusses the benefits of avoiding a possibly compromised host OS, it doesn't mention ...
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Why run ondemand scanners in failsafe mode when the virus could have encrypted itself?

The internet is full of guides of how to remove malware on already infected computers. Normally, step 1 is to enter failsafe mode, so that the virus can't interfere with the anti-virus program that ...
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Which system files are targeted by malware on Windows XP?

On Windows XP, what are the main system files and DLL files are targeted by malware ? I need this information in order to make a hash of those files and check if my system will be compromised in the ...
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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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Skype is doing funny things when I type or click, does this necessarily mean malware may be in my computer?

I'm new to the IT Security Stack Exchange! This is my question: I've Skype installed on my Windows 7 computer. In the last few months I've noticed my mouse cursor blinks (I mean it shows that cursor ...
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Should I get an antivirus for Ubuntu?

Considering the recent thread regarding anti-virus for the Mac I wonder how many of the arguments put forth are relevant today to Linux systems, specifically Ubuntu. There are no known Ubuntu ...
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Are dialers obsolete?

My antivirus picked up an infection by Dialer/Coulomb. The definition of a dialer is a piece of malware that dials a number that charges money. How would it do this, is this from when modems were ...
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What parameters to check to say that a computer running Windows is slow in responding because of infection?

When interaction between the user and the operating system is too slow (Windows become slow in responding to different user's request): what parameters could we check (and that we could use within a ...
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What are the webmalware effects on Windows XP?

I am redirecting URLs to a virtual machine (Windows operating system) to check if there is malware on the website i want to visit (JavaScript attacks, drive-by download attacks, infected pictures/PDF ...
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Why do sandboxing environments not rely on antivirus programs?

Since years ago, miscreants use JavaScript to craft web malware attacks such as drive-by download attack that is used for example to install the famous CoolWebSearch virus. There are static methods ...
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What are the zombie's features under the control of hackers? [closed]

Zombies are used to to trigger denial of service attacks, spamming and so on. I wonder what type of control the miscreants use to control a remote computer using a virus/trojan ?I ask this question in ...
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Difference between binary malware and script-based malware?

I'm well aware in the concept of binary malware but I don't fully understand the idea of a script-based (or shell script) malware. I am more interested in the difference especially in how script-based ...
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Is my PC safe? need help

About 6 days ago my parents who aren't great with PCs got phished on gmail, and the account started spreading spam. It had been hacked on an Argentinian IP, and then logged in from IMAP and SMTP from ...
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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 can a browser hijacking attack change the browser's default homepage?

Some attacks on web browsers consist simply of advertising, so the default homepage of the browser is changed (which is just a small aspect of browser-hijacking). My question: is installing ...
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What to do with possibly infected files that need to be kept

I have retrieved some old pictures/videos (mp4, many types of avi) of some old events that I want to keep, the problem is that these files have been sitting in confirmed infected machine for a very ...
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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 ...