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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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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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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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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Is loopback interface protected from sniffing?

I'm trying to understand what are the risks derived from unprotected communications within the same device, by the use of the loopback interface. I've verified it is possible to capture packets, with ...
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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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How do worms spread over LAN? [duplicate]

I've been researching LAN recently, and I came across a post talking about viruses spreading over LAN, and I was wondering, how is this possible? Would it not be a huge security issue to allow files ...
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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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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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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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Online virus scanning service with remote file submission?

I have some links that contain hacking tool and whatnot and I want to pass them to a virus scanning service. The thing is that I don't want to download them to my pc and upload them to their service, ...
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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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Question about “FUDing” with hex editor

I see a lot of materials in Internet about this technique. I'm not really interested in malwares, but I'm curious when you change bytes to an exe with other bytes, wouldn't this corrupt the exe? I can ...
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SpyProxy: how does it work?

I have been reading about SpyProxy. Can someone explain me this phrase I found in the article ? Here it is: We monitor the guest OS and browser through “triggers” installed to look for sandbox ...
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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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Shared hosting hacked. Should I report this to someone?

A malware file appeared on a friend's server as described in this question. It's a file called "images.php" that is designed to look like nothing important, whose sole function is to wait for an ...
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How can this be possible? (malware autoinstall on chrome)

I have a website, using an ads service (qadabra). Yesterday some users reported me that the ads service sometimes redirects to a site containing malware. the url is this: PLEASE DON'T OPEN IT, IT ...
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Reliability of windows OS security for “program files” safe guard

I want to do inter process communication between Firefox (via extension) and my application. Both reside in "Program files" (of windows 7 OS). I also assume that malware is running in the system and ...
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How to Detect Zimbra Sniffing Trojan

I am a sys admin of our system, we are running zimbra as email server in our environment. I got the following message from the CEO. "Everytime I send or receive an email - I get a SPAM ads a few ...
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Compromised server with psyBNC - what are our next steps?

One of our VPS servers has an install of psybnc on it. The install has been present for quite some time, and has now been brought to our attention. We have backups, but they also have psybnc on them. ...
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Where can I find worm traffic sample?

I have a program that has to detect scanning activity of worms. I need some samples of worms' traffic (pcap files) to try the program, and notes about the procedures which must be taken when running ...
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Where can I find information on existing viruses?

As part of my research, I have created a small malware corpus which I'm conducting my tests against. I would like to categorize them based on Metamorphic / Polymorphic / etc. I am not sure if this is ...
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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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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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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 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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Malware infected ATMs in China via specialized device

Hackers inserted a specialized device which was connected to the notebook into the card reader slot on the ATM and installed malicious software. 100 thousand US dollars were stolen from at least seven ...
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Can a drive-by download attack crash the OS?

Are there cases where a serious drive-by download attack could crash the operating system or the browser ?
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Does Skype compromise my system (beyond the scope of calls/chats)?

First of all, please don't shout at me for wanting to use Skype. I know that it's evil and I fully expect all the calls and text chats going through it to be stored permanently in govt data centers, ...
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Repercussions of hacked router?

I am staying in Thailand right now on a "long holiday" to do some work on my laptop. A few weeks I noticed that at the condo where I am staying, sometimes I am redirected to ad sites. I researched it ...
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ensuring that compiled (and signed) packages don't contain malicious code

I would like to understand how the packaged Linux distributions (i.e. Debian) ensure that their packages don't contain any malicious code. I know that packages are signed, and that I can download the ...
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Malware threats from other mounted hard drives

I am going to install Linux on an external hard drive and my internal hard drive is currently running Windows. When I boot to my Linux and I still have my windows hard drive mounted is it possible for ...
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Is winmail.dat a malware propagation vector?

Some of my coworkers use Microsoft Outlook (I believe) and have it configured in such a way that mail attachments are encapsulated in winmail.dat files. Apart from the general annoyance and lack of ...
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How can I view the contents of a web page without running malicious code? [closed]

I received a strange email which has some strange URL in it. I would like to know what is "behind" the url, but without the risk of running anything malicious. How can see the contents of the URL, ...
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Can signature-based Antivirus detect encrypted malware? [duplicate]

How effective signature-based Antivirus is, in detecting encrypted malware?
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Can a program change the shortcut location of a browser to itself without UAC (Admin) in Windows?

I was reading an article on .desktop files used to spread malware on Gnome and KDE. I just thought that the same could be applied to Windows. On Windows: Malware is disguised as a picture by ...
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Static analysis of Android applications using Androguard

I am building a project a part of which involves performing static analysis for Android applications. I know of Androguard and its tools that help in analyzing Android apks. But I am stuck and don't ...
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Cuckoo Sandbox python errors after task submission

I'm New to Cuckoo Sandbox. Why am I getting this error? I don't understand. If there is something wrong, can anyone please explain how to setup Cuckoo Sandbox? My setup works very well before I ...
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Preventing Client PC's from accessing C&C machines

At my office I find us constantly fighting with malware. All users run under the "user" level, we have McAfee and have recently reviewed the Best Practices guide to ensure we adhere to it, all of my ...
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SNMP trap by legitimate program?

Is there any way to tell if this SNMP trap is something created by a legitimate program? Update: Hex Dump 0000000: 30 82 00 ec 02 01 00 04 06 70 75 62 6c 69 63 a4 82 00 dd 06 82 00 09 2b 06 ...
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DNS query through squid? [closed]

My IDS picked up our squid proxy server doing a dynamic DNS request. I wasn't aware squid passed DNS requests from the client to the internal DNS server. Is this possible? Snort Alert: ET POLICY ...
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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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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 ...