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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Methods to have multiple Anti Virus installed on one machine

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro, Ideally I would like to have the top 5 Anti Virus installed but I am aware it is not advised as they can clash with each other. I was wondering if there is a favoured ...
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Is it possible to lock guest VMs (or processes) to sticks of physical RAM to prevent row hammer attacks?

I was wondering if it is possible through some means to isolate processes (or preferably guest VMs) to physical sticks of RAM. This would be to prevent row hammer like attacks from using physical ...
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How can the Equation Group HDD firmware malware help bypass FDE?

There is currently a lot of discussion going on across the Internet about the "Equation Group" family of malicious hard disk drive firmware. One thing that has me wondering is the claim that ...
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Is it possible for malware to be in the BIOS or in hardware?

Is it possible for malware to be written in the BIOS section and loaded on every fresh Windows Install? If it is possible, can this affect Linux (Ubuntu and others) operating systems as well?
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Why does an exe's import Table have two refrences to kernel32.dll (or any other dll)? [on hold]

According to what I know, Import Descriptor table is made of an array of _IMAGE_IMPORT_DESCRIPTOR structures. There is one _IMAGE_IMPORT_DESCRIPTOR for every dll that is imported. I have an exe ...
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Isn't reading authentication data from the browser's storage malware behavior? [on hold]

I mean, is it ethical? Isn't it a possible breach of security? How safe is the authentication data stored by the browser in a windows PC? Case study: The issue is Avast antivirus on PC reads ...
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The Perfect Mousetrap - Can a sandbox system be designed such that it's identical to an actual computer? [duplicate]

In testing suspicious files for malware, the typical method is to search for known malicious code. This is why zero-day malware attacks can be so dangerous — their malicious code is previously unknown ...
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Attacker able to install screen capturing software in Windows 7 guest account

I am operating in a guest account of Windows 7. Could an attacker that got onto my PC through malware I installed, install a video program that records everything I do and send the result back to his ...
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Dropbox with Google url encoding for file download [on hold]

I have been working on a case trying to identify the vector for an infection that had occurred. I have found an e-mail msg that contained a link that did not trigger a blocking event. For obvious ...
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Does it matter which platform a file is scanned on for malware?

Different operating systems use different file types and file systems. Does it make a difference to a virus scan which system it is being run on and what type of malware it's looking for? I ask ...
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Sites being redirected to adult site in all devices [closed]

From past couple of days, we are facing this issue where sites are automatically being routed to an adult site, although we get a 404 Not Found HTTP error. First guess is obviously that my system is ...
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What method could a white-box attacker use to track the deletion of memory / files?

A rather theoretical question: Assuming there is memory with a malware inside it. The malware's goal is to detect if a legit application is about to delete contents of the memory. If recognized, the ...
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Hidden Malware on a windows OS able to startup [closed]

How do hackers hide there malware on windows, to startup and be impossible to find then delete. The results I found that a hacker can use to hide his malware: (found here) Windows: Setting hidden ...
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How do I check the hash of an ISO?

If I download the OS image from Ubuntu servers from a location where I can get the MITM attack and get a compromised image, then how I can check its hash to prove that its original image? Hashes may ...
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How Do I Troubleshoot a Browser Hijack on a Mac?

My Mac is getting weird redirects with Safari and Chrome, however not with Mozilla Firefox. Since I cannot find software to do malware removal on Apple products or any good information, I am at a loss ...
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Extraneus message about security risk when I open a new Chrome tab [migrated]

Today I start getting in Chrome a message saying: "I SEE YOU ARE A XXXXX CUSTOMER are you concerned that your Linux computer may have a potential security risk.... Please call toll free for ...
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What does this malicious PHP script do? [closed]

Somebody hacked my site and uploaded this script (template46.php) to my webroot and its content is: <?php $vIIJ30Y = Array('1'=>'F', '0'=>'j', '3'=>'s', '2'=>'l', '5'=>'M', ...
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How to disable Symbolic link creation option to users in cPanel server? [closed]

In shared hosting server, one user is trying to upload 100s of symbolic link files and trying to access files out side. Mostly it is for malicious purpose. In this image, you can see 100s of symlink ...
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Malware analysis - Traffic Inspection

I am working on small project. There is an organization in which it has 100 around systems across the country. All of their machine's traffic goes through a single proxy monitored and maintained by ...
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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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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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Pursuing a career in Malware Analysis

When I was a kid, I want to become a Malware Analyst and work in a Antivirus company. At that time, I love to try out different antivirus solutions and did a research project on Computer ...
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Can source javascript files be infected from a developer's machine?

First a little bit of background, About two weeks back one of the developers in my team said they were seeing advertisement popups and links appearing all over the web app we were developing, when ...
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Patching Mac DMA attack

I want to know a few things about the blackhat attack that attacks thunderbolt. Is there anyway to wipe or patch a currently infected computer? I am not versed per se in THAT level of security. I was ...
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Possible to detect packed executable?

A packer is a way of obfuscating an executable program, i.e., transforming so the result is still executable and has the same effect when run, but looks different (so it won't be detected by static ...
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Stuxnet - The background functions [closed]

Stuxnet was a clever worm that aimed to malfunction programmable logic controllers on nuclear networks (Iran was the most affected). Nuclear networks were private networks, not supported on Internet ...
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Linux-based Turla trojan

There are several articles describing the newly discovered Linux-based Turla trojan. But basically, all these articles repeat the same, very limited, information. Can anybody provide more details, ...
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Does malware which infects the BIOS/ Firmware always need 'root' access to do so?

There are very few hardend Operating Systems who restrict or totally disable Terminal 'root' access for the user. (1) Would this feature prevent persistant BIOS rootkits from writing into BIOS or ...
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How to detect an image virus?

How can someone detect a malicious code, executable or not, inside an image file ? What techniques and what programs are out there that will help you for the detection procedure ? This question is a ...
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Can you get infected by viewing an image? [duplicate]

Lets say I have an infected image by some malware, I double-click it and that triggers the default program that handles images to open it for viewing. Will this also trigger the malware inside the ...
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What are the heuristics for a malicious url? [closed]

I know that there is nothing like a safe website ,any website which is safe today could be hacked and its visitors could be served with latest malware. What I'm curious about is what checks can we ...
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Detecting malware-infected USB drives

I'm about to distribute some relatively cheap promotional usb drives to some of my company's clients. I'm fairly confident the company I purchased them from wouldn't intentionally implant malware on ...
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How to wipe potentially infected SSD?

I recently fell victim to some Adware (and possible malware). I was installing Firefox and clicked an ad link in Bing and downloaded a "packaged" Firefox install. I believe the ad is still at the ...
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Detecting malicious domains/URLs [closed]

Do state of the art commercial URL threat intelligence feeds ( for example, one's by Symantec, Intel-security etc) miss malicious domains? (i.e. domains serving malware,exploit code & phishing ...
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using html5 websockets to bypass firewall TCP policy

I've read that html5 enables opening tcp sockets from the client side in its "websocket" feature. Firewalls as I recollect may be configured to block tcp connections initiated from "the outside" by ...
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Is it necessary to protect ATM pins against malware that has no access to the physical card? [closed]

I understand that various types of malware attempt to steal ATM pins . Presumably the attackers have no access to the physical card, so what can they do with the pin? In this case, is it needed to ...
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Steps after getting hit with malware or browser exploits on Xubuntu

Well, today I was browsing the internet and I suddenly got redirected to a chinese hosted malware site and firefox started going crazy. I checked the url on virustotal with my phone and it found other ...
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Malicious JavaScript warning [closed]

I visited a site yesterday and received no malicious javascript warnngs. Today I visited that same site and got the warnings. Do I need to be worried about being infected with something?
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What are ways I can analyze malware in an infected machine, not just clean it?

I often run into infected devices in my environment and would like to learn more about the specific infections that have gotten in. What are the best tools and techniques I could use to do this? I ...
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Malware (internet connectivity) and defending against it

I was wondering whether anyone knew if malware could spread without internet connectivity? Also, can you defend against malware by releasing counter-malware that spreads exploiting the same ...
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CloudFlare - prompted for “attention required”

I am getting a CloudFlare - attention required / security check prompt on most of the sites I visit through my Macbook running OS X Yosemite, these sites work perfectly on other devices (such as iPad, ...
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Researchers figured out how to transmit/exfiltrate data using heat

I read article about it here and it says: Researchers at Ben-Gurion University have created a new piece of malware called BitWhisper. Infected machines can transmit data using heat they ...
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Besides MBR & BIOS, is it possible for a rootkit to stay persistant after a format of the harddrive?

If a system becomes infected and does not have any other storage units besides the one hard drive. Is it there any other way for a rootkit to stay on the system besides infecting the BIOS OR the MBR ...
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Can a Trojan hide itself, so its activity doesn't appear in task manager process? [duplicate]

Can malicious software hide itself, so its activity doesn't appear in the list of processes from Task Manager? Can it hide itself so when someone is controlling your computer, even if you open Task ...
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Website Link in Signature corrupted while transmission [closed]

We placed our website link in our email signature for last one week. This link apparently converted into something corrupt, so all our mails gets bounced. We scan our web server files using ClamAV ...
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At what criteria should an unpatched machine be considered hacked? [closed]

Since every machine connected to the Internet requires security patches, there is a window of time in which those updates have been released and those machines haven't yet been patched. It is ...
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How can I detect mode interface of other machine is promiscuous [closed]

I have a project that is to protect my box from attack man in the middle arp poison. I should detect if interface mode of other machine is promiscuous. I must write script python or command linux.
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Can standalone malware survive on current mobile devices? [closed]

Can malware run on mobile devices? I don't see how it would be able to (given that those devices have fine-grained permissions and sandboxing). Unlike on a desktop OS, malware cannot access registry ...
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Discovered unexplained large salted files in root folder on Linux, possible keylogger?

So I had Linux Mint running on my laptop, just installed it a month ago. It has a small hard drive, just 160gb, and I noticed shortly after installing the system, it ballooned to 80-some gigabytes ...
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Request for links to worm source code [closed]

From where can you download worm source code? Need it for a project i am doing on honeypots. It does not matter whether it is a windows or linux worm.