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 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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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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Can a mobile phone battery contain malware?

It has 3 terminals and is presumably a smart battery. I bought it on ebay recently for $2.74 USD and that included postage from China to Australia. It would normally retail for maybe $40 - $50. The ...
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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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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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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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Javascript Malware: How does it work, and how can it be mitigated?

I am wondering how malware gets served through Javascript. I've noticed a few illegitimate pop-ups while visiting some financial websites. I wonder how malware exploits work against the application ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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does switching to linux remove existing computer virus

if you change from a malware/spyware infected windows setup to a linux setup will infections migrate to linux if they were on the computer? (when you are hacked/infected is it the op system that is ...
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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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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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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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Can Windows malware harm a Linux computer when it's executed with Wine?

I am an (Ubuntu) Linux user. Sometimes, I have to use Wine for running Windows executables. I would like to know if Windows malware (virus, trojan, worm,...), i.e. malware that was not intended to ...
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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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How to identify and analyze malware that checks for security tools before running?

I've been reading about the ZeroAccess and looking into some bot's code source* and I found this piece of code which checks if filemon is running in the infected computer before running the bot. ...
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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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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 to deal with a person who gets easily fooled by internet and mail scams?

alternative title: How to deal with a person who has gotten paranoid and doesn't want to go online anymore? A person, who has over the years been scammed many times, by bad spam/fraud emails, and ...
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Isolate two hard drives with two operating systems

I did an extensive search and still couldn't find the answer I'm looking for, so I decided to post my question here to see if I could get some help. I would like to install a second hard drive on my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for Wepawet-like open source alternative [closed]

Is there any open source alternative to Wepawet ? I need to study techniques of JavaScript malware detection.
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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 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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are webmalware able to hijack browsers?

Are webmalwares capbale of performing browser hijacking attacks ? Has there been any famous webmalware that functioned this way ?
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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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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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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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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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How to detect infected machines on my wifi?

I currently live in a building with around 40-50 other tenants (mostly students) and we all share one connection to the Internet using one of 3 wifi routers that are spread throughout the building. ...
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Recovering from malware in the registry

I'm a trainee who writes malware samples to later be tested. A basic piece I wrote in C++ kills explorer.exe, taskmgr.exe and repeats this every second. I used a bit of code to add my application ...
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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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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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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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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't log into Windows, mac-spoofing issue or malware?

My computer won't let me log into my account. On the Windows sign in screen it has my account name, but when I put in my password, it always says my password is wrong. No Caps Lock. This happened ...
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Is API hooking done by a process in a shared page, visible to all other processes?

Assume, I have an executable which hooks the API CreateFileW located in Kernel32.dll which is shared globally across the system for all other processes. From hooking I mean, that I have overwritten ...