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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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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“Safe” public WiFi [duplicate]

Is there any danger of any of my computer's files being read or changed (mainly - infected by malware) in the following scenario (I'm using Windows 7): I have file sharing turned off (in "advanced ...
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Does Chrome OS Allow Executable Files?

My company has some real security issues and I am wondering if using Chrome OS can be some solution to my problem. Typical Windows computers seems all to vulnerable to attacks from malicious images ...
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How isolated are 2 operating systems on 1 harddisk?

Lets say I have 2 windows dual booting on the same harddrive (windws 7), How isolated are they? I am thinking that there should be up to date antiviruses software on both Windows, and they should be ...
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Can a PDF file contain a virus?

Could a PDF file contain any type of malwares ?
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Text changing virus

Can malware change words that I have typed and then saved in the computer'? If so, how likely is this?
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Somehow unexpectedly my computer got infected with malware

So I consider myself a pretty conscious computer user. I run Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64bit and I update it. For surfing on the web I use Firefox 20.0.1 - I keep it updated. I also have NoScript and AdBlock ...
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Multiple running instances of rundll32.exe

I've noticed that in the Task Manager of Windows 7, I have multiple running instances (2) of rundll32.exe. Does this necessarily means that my machine is infected by a malware as noted here: ...
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Firefox Desktop Shortcut Being Renamed

On my Vista PC the Firefox shortcut icon is being randomly renamed. The name changes to some variation of a recently visited URL. This unwanted action has survived several version updates. Of course I ...
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Help understanding malware infection

I'm kind of a newbie to security and need help fully understanding how I would infect myself inadvertently. Let's say I was to download a .zip file attached to an email and I unzipped the contents. ...
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Efficacy of self-made ransomware protection

I was recently wondering about how to circumvent malware such as the infamous Cryptolocker a while back and was wondering about the efficacy of having a set of files with known content in a known ...
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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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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 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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Next steps to get rid of malware? [duplicate]

My father in law just had a problem,He clicked on a link in an email (he was using gmail on the version 35.0.1916.114m of Chrome), and suddenly the computer sort of went black, and possibly something ...
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USB Flash drives and data theft: x355

Can somebody have stolen files and data from my desktop PC just by inserting a USB Flash drive in my computer, without dragging files over to the Flash drive?
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Can JavaScript be used to install malware?

Looking at the Pwn2Own contest got me thinking: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/pwn2own-carnage-continues-as-exploits-take-down-adobe-reader-flash/?comments=1 If you have all plugins turned ...
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Domain Name Thefts

Due to past experiences, I have learned that when I'm contemplating purchasing a suitable domain name, I should NOT do so by searching on the websites of domain registrars (GoDaddy, name.com, etc.). ...
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Where do suspect requests from logged-in users to my website come from?

I have an ASP.Net MVC 4 web application that is hosted on a Windows 2008 server. The application is secured by a custom ASP.Net membership provider. Only users who are granted permission by the admin ...
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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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Infected usb flash drive detection and cleaning

Want to know what all type of malware infections are their that hides themselves in a pendrive completly and infects machine silently.How to detect this type of malware as they cannot be seen. How to ...
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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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What agency digitally signed Cryptowall 2.0 so that it can run without being detected?

What agency issued a digital signature for the Cryptowall 2.0 ransomware virus? Is it too early to tell? As far as I know this is how Microsoft planned to prevent malware, by adding a digital ...
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Manual malware / adware analysis after SEP scan

My company currently gets malware alerts from several source's i.e. Symantec Endpoint Protection and FireEye. When these alerts are triggered, a manual process of logging onto the user's machine is ...
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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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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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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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Malware hidden on a USB drive, does the malware always need to run to hide itself? [duplicate]

Would malware be able to hide itself in the controller somehow or otherwise be able to effectively hide files itself from both windows and Linux?
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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. ...