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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How big is the threat of Desktop Linux malware? [closed]

Most malware one hears about on the news seems to fit into one of two categories: Windows viruses, trojans, rootkits etc. Linux server "worms", backdoors and similar How big is the threat of ...
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Why would a virus writer bother to check to see if a machine is infected before infecting it?

I was looking at the tripartite structure of a virus, and it seems to check to see if a computer is infected before infecting it with the virus. Would this be an attempt to use files that are already ...
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How serious is InstallIQ?

Background: Recently I've seen hits for InstallIQ a "potentially unwanted application" from ESET. From what I can find it seems like this is an installer wrapper that asks people to install other ...
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How to check if URL/ IP belongs to a zeus bot

I have a set of URL's which might be Zeus hosts / C&C servers since my security appliance says so. Is there a way to check if these really belong to Zeus?
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Malwares source repositories. Where?

As the best way to learn is to read the code, do you know where I can find malware/virus/whatever source code to read?
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What are the pros and cons of using live CDs vs VMs for malware analysis?

I'm planning on doing some malware research for a research project, and I was wondering what would be a better option for keeping my system safe from viruses accidentally infecting it. I'm only ...
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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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does any botnet/malware traffic use ssh or anything else other than TCP/IP? [closed]

if i sniff all traffic leaving my router, if botnet traffic is present will it be IP traffic or does any malware use other protcols such as SSH, FTP, TFTP, etc?? do antivirus software programs ...
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What patterns does a signature based anti-virus look for?

I'm working on a uni project where I will attempt to create a malware that uses some form of genetic algorithm to "evolve" itself out of being recognized by a signature based AV software. For this I ...
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Is anti virus software supposed to clean up registry entries made by malware?

I just cleaned up a virus infection on my computer (running windows) by running an Anti Virus Scan. The malicious executable files are now deleted. However, the registry entries made by it remain. ...
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How to prevent malware to know when removable devices are plugged in

The question is clear, I'm a programmer and wrote a software to disinfect the USB devices when they got the malware which hides the files and creates a shortcut of the virus . Using this soft we can ...
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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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What would happen if one of the popular Linux repositories is hacked?

Even though most people consider downloading your Linux software from you own distribution's repositories as safe, thinking about the scenario where a repository gets hacked sounds thrilling. What ...
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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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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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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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My home PC was hacked and accessed my bank! Advice on next steps? [duplicate]

I recently setup a new Win8.1 PC while still working on my main development PC so it did not have all of the security tools that I usually install, e.g. malwarebytes, adaware, etc. Since it takes me a ...
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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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Could once infected machine be ever trusted again?

I'm just about to switch to a new SSD drive, so I figured it's a good occasion for a really, really fresh start. I reconsidered every installed piece of software, uninstalled lots of crap ...
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What is the ultimate goal of hacking a webserver? [closed]

Recently I noticed a lot of traffic generated by automated bots that were checking for vulnerabilities in my web server. They were mainly looking for ways to hack into plesk/wordpress which I don't ...
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Meaning of webpage link containing www23 [closed]

I have come across a number of websites which include links such as www32.example.com and also www2.example.com. Why is there a number in the www part of the link? Are these sites not legitimate? ...
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very bad malware that masquerades as spyware?

Has there ever been a known case where a machine acquired spyware like a browser toolbar, or plugin but that spyware also deployed more dangerous malware like a trojan, botnet, or worm?
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How does Ram Scraper work?

I heard that during Christmas a lot of customer data was stolen using malware attack called Ram Scrapers. What exactly is a Ram Scraper?How would one infect a machine with it?What information can you ...
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Java Drive By & Stub - Explanation [closed]

I have been trying to make some extensions for chrome lately to block some unwanted stuff. I have also been searching for quite some time to find what a JDB does.So , the applet downloads a file , ...
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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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How to prevent malware infection and file accessibility through a wireless router? [duplicate]

The answer suggested in the 'duplicate' is about a different issue. But since my original wording of the question seems to have not been clear - here's a second attempt: Is there any danger of any of ...
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Analyzing Network Anomalies for Malicious events

For a network security project we are listing to our network traffic of about 50-60 hosts. We aim at identifying malicious event within our network traffic by identifying network anomalies. Our main ...
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Hiding process from Task Manager [closed]

What technique is used to hide a process from Task Manager? I'm currently researching ways I can do this in C++. Is this process called hooking? ...
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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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opening random extensions with notepad

I get files with random extensions sometimes in order to bypass corporate firewalls. Usually I would just ask the other party what it is that I just received. Other times I get curious and open the ...
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How can I prevent viruses/malware from infecting my flash drive?

I've a pen drive that I carry to the college lab . It seems all the systems in lab is infected. I need to be able to write to the drive, so I can't simply write protect it. Everytime I insert a ...
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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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What is “download-new.com”?

This strange site came up as the second result in a google search for itunes. http://download-new.com/apple-itunes/ (Although the url in the result read itunes.download-new.com.) Embarrassingly, I ...
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Photo Attachment's Feature For Some Mail Servers [duplicate]

You already know google started new service which is related to gmail. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/attachments-in-gmail-now-with-power-of.html When we send new mail to friends.If it ...
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What is the safest way to copy a file from an untrusted system?

Scenario: There are two computers running GNU/Linux, U and T. U is untrusted and T is trusted. A non-executable file F (which may however have been infected with malware) resides on U. (For ...
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One or two machines in a network have been compromised. How to proceed [duplicate]

Edit This post has been marked as duplicate. While I have read the referenced thread I see some differences in the descibed situation. My scenario below is a non-server home network with both machines ...
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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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Hacked site - encrypted code

Couple days ago I gave noticed that almost all php files on my server are infected with some encrypted code and in almost every file is different. Here is the example from one of the files: ...
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NGO Joomla! site: Infected with malware? JavaScript injection?

Please help us with this NGO site running Joomla! 1.5. They can't pay a security professional right now, so maybe you guys can help isolate the problem? If you go to http://casatrespatios.org you ...
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Course of action with this malware [duplicate]

After clicking in a fake "download here" button in a webpage for film downloads, a computer has got infected with what I believe to be an adware. I have located the file, VirusTotal gives this ...
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I accidentally installed an adware filled Firefox [solved]

I installed Firefox using a download site, rather than the correct site. After running and installing Firefox I noticed my Chrome had an addon called swift browser added to it by a third party. After ...
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What is “KDV” in antivirus databases?

I scanned a file (virus) on VirusTotal and 3-5 antivirus labelled it as Generic.KDV.549626 Is there any central "KDV" database where all the entries related to a virus are stored?
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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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Sucuri giving false positive with their free online scanner because of an .htaccess RewriteRule

I'm not sure where to ask this Question - here, SO, Webmasters.SE, somewhere else? Please migrate if appropriate. tl;dr: The following rule in my .htaccess is causing Sucuri's free online scanner to ...
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Adobe Install Redirect

I have heard of the Flash virus floating around, but after reading more I do not believe I have it. When I go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ So that I can update, 'Install Now' will redirect ...
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Sonar power saving. Attacks and how to mitigate

I recently came upon a program called Sonar power saving that uses speakers and microphone to put the computer in power saving mode as long as you move away from the screen. ...
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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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Removing Persistent MBR Malware [closed]

I do have a problem, how do I remove a persistent MBR malware? probably the malware hides itself in HDD sector that an OS couldn't even access. Already tried to format it and remove clean all ...
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Prevention against Cryptolocker virus by requesting password for all installing apps in Windows 7

Is it possible to protect Windows like Linux? I mean, I have Ubuntu installed on my laptop and when some program wants to install something etc. the pop up shows up and I need to type the password. ...