A computer virus is a program or piece of code that tends to be malicious and is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes.

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Trying to build an offline virus total type product

I have been tasked with finding a way to scan a file using multiple AV products. The machines this is to be used on cannot be connected to the web, due to lab restrictions and the AV products cannot ...
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A JSE file was downloaded after clicking a notification on my Facebook account [duplicate]

I got a notification on Facebook that says "Finn mentioned you in a comment". After clicking the notification a file was downloaded on my phone. I found it unusual because when you click a ...
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Virus Infected: unable to open anti-virus web sites?

Recently I installed KMSPico, after that many unwanted softwares were installed on my system, later I uninstalled all of them and removed related folders. But strangely from my system I couldn’t open ...
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Can viruses access passwords that have been saved by a browser?

Say I use Chrome on a new computer to log in to a website, and I select the option to have the browser remember the password. Then I download a straight-up smorgasbord of viruses of every kind. Can ...
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Where to download thousands of virus samples for AV testing?

I'm making an antivirus test just for my own, and I need thousands of malware samples (about 10k-30k, but the more the better). Please don't even mention Eicar test file because this will be a ...
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Hardening Javascript in respect to Javascript Malware/Ransomeware like Ransome32

Are there any methods or standards to harden Javascript implementations to help reduce/remediate the the risks associated with Javascript malware like the Ransom32 or other types of Javascript attacks?...
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Virus suspicion on website built with PHP Codeigniter [duplicate]

I have received a website, which uses Codeigniter, to modify. The problem is, sometimes when I refresh the main page, a strange file named "download" with the Windows icon will start to download. I'm ...
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What to do after exposure to a drive-by infection?

I clicked on a link that pretty clearly offered exposure to a drive-by infection. I won't post the link itself, but I got it from a link which is inside a reddit link (obviously the reddit website ...
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A have virus in Avira Antivirus(macos) aescn.dylib file [closed]

I get a virus report from TrendMicro-HouseCall, that the file aescn.dylib(sha256 ae96a241177e0c46cd70892593eb7af5a76fad5175bfb76681a85bf270af777d) is a virus called Keypress-9. I checked it on ...
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Can headphones transmit malware?

Can headphones transmit malware? My friend borrowed my headphones (a pair of Apple EarPods) and plugged them into his Android mobile phone for a few minutes in order to listen to a voice message. ...
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Is virus removal a security risk comparing to reinstalling everything from a clean source? [duplicate]

Why would it be a good idea to run a tool to remove a virus? You know that your system was compromised, but you don't know whether the antivirus tool will work.
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Can some (Java) virus run everywhere (Windows, Linux, Mac)? [duplicate]

That's what Java, for example, is for, write once run everywhere.
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Boot-sector virus - can it spread only through floppy disks?

Do boot-sector viruses spread only through floppy discs, and so are the thing of the past, or can they spread through USB, removable hard drives etc? Techopedia states: The propagation of boot ...
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checking if malware altered system files in windows

a friend called me today because he opened an attachment of an email. It was a double zipped exe file - and malware: I started to analyze the file: first with virustotal - then with radare2 and the ...
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Dualbooting Windows and Ubuntu, can I get Windows viruses/malware while running Ubuntu?

Today I have both Windows and Ubuntu installed on my SSD. What happens if I for some reason get a malware/virus (targeted for Windows), perhaps downloading something I should not, while I am running ...
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How do boot-sector viruses propagate?

I'm doing research on various malware and I came across boot-sector viruses. Kaspersky states that "they are not designed to infect removable media." My question is, how do they spread then? Again ...
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How to find out where the virus is coming from into a PC in local network? [closed]

I am working in a company which have two different local networks, one for the server computers infected by a virus that had not any antivirus. I want to know which PC is responsible for the outbreak ...
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Can cookies carry viruses?

I was wondering whether a cookie can carry a virus (or any security-threatening code). In some sense it is similar to a download. So by simply visiting a site, could I get harmed?
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Virus in browser - affects chrome most of all [closed]

I seem to have a virus I cannot trace on my computer, it basically rewrites pages filled with ads in the form of videos. It seems to be using AJAX here is a screenshot attached. I traced a few files ...
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Avira Antivirus acting as a virus [closed]

I have a Avira Antivirus installed on Windows 7. The problem is now when I click on any button or click to uninstall any program it redirects me to the Avira website where it says upgrade it for more ...
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Virus Warning after clicking on a Google search results link

When researching a high school project on the guillotine, my daughter googled: quillotine quotes One of the top results was: topfamousquotes.com/quotes-about-guillotine/ Apparently she ...
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What to do with an APK file containing Swf.Exploit.CVE_2015_0323-1 and ELF File?

I received an APK file from a source. Prior to installation, I ran a virus scan on it. The result had following main features: The file contained Swf.Exploit.CVE_2015_0323-1 It required android....
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What do I need to do when Facebook says: “Your computer needs to be cleaned”?

I am not sure if this is the correct community for this post. If not please refer me to the correct one. I am getting a "Your computer needs to be cleaned" error message when trying to login into ...
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Firefox and chrome infected with hohosearch and newsearch123.com [duplicate]

A fortnight before, I downloaded a keygen file, which I presumed to be fine, but when I started the installation, I felt there is something weird. So I was about to start the installation, but I ...
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What is “amazonaws” virus? Do i have it?

I was browsing and clicked on a website and was redirected to a page with the URL (dont click it) "s3-app-southest-2.amazonaws" and a pop up saying i have a virus click here and all that other spam. ...
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How can I get infected by computer viruses? [duplicate]

I would call my self a security aware computers professional, and I was asking my self for a long time now allready. How can it be that male-ware gets onto my computer wihtout me actively playing it ...
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How can you be sure that there is a virus on your computer?

Am I being paranoid? I'm seeing signs of a virus everywhere on my computers but I have no way of being sure. I've tried scanning with Windows Defender multiple times but haven't found anything. My ...
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My cellphone is infected, and it keeps coming back

Please bear with me as English is not my native language My Android smartphone downloads apps automatically without any interaction. Generally the apps are known but some are unknown apps. I can only ...
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Is it possible to transfer a virus through browser video?

I know that there is already a question related to viruses in videos, but the implication in the other question is that videos in question have been downloaded and played by media software on the ...
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Is VLC on Linux vulnerable to an attack from .wmv files designed to install viruses? [duplicate]

I was stupid and did not check a video file I downloaded from an untrustworthy source. It was .wmv file with no readable properties of the video. I know that .wmv videos can download viruses. What I ...
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Virus/Trojan attached to GnuPG encrypted file

Is it possible to infect a file encrypted using GnuPG? For example, if I had an encrypted file on an unsecured public ftp server, would someone be able to copy that file and attach a virus/trojan ...
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Server loaded with antivirus lets viral file go through

We have a .NET MVC website with a WCF Service as a service layer. One of the feature that the service offers is the ability to upload documents. When we asked our security consultant to test our ...
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Can a virus execute without user interaction? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of malware infection techniques where the user is infected by drive by downloads through browser vulnerabilities or social engineering. But is there a way that a virus could execute ...
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Can a SIM card propagate malware?

Is it possible that malware can infect a SIM card? What will happen when I insert the SIM card in another phone?
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Protect against virus and malware attacks from website ads with iptables

Lots of websites spread malware by publishing advertisements that distribute malware. Even YouTube's ad network has been compromised in the past. Browser ad blockers and related plugins have there own ...
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PC reverting to infected state after virus removal [closed]

Whenever I leave my PC with a technician to get rid of viruses, this happens; at the shop the technician demonstrates that all has been fixed, but when I return home and connect hardware, after 15-20 ...
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Does EMET auto update itself?

I cannot see this option and no answer after google for it. May be it is not good to update update itself since it suppose to be customized so if it updates itself would screw up the profile?
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Virus on mainboard(?) how does it work?

This post made me remember on a strange occurence I noticed somewhen back in 2008. At that time I had alot IT-problems I wasn't able to technically accurate fix, where I nowaday do, but that one still ...
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Can a computer virus be stored somewhere else than on the hard drive?

Are there viruses that have managed to hide themselves somewhere other than on the hard drive? Like CPU cache or on the motherboard? Is it even possible? Say I get a virus, so I get rid of the HDD ...
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How can I safely view the code of a VBA macro?

I have received a phishing email with the usual bogus bill in the form of a Word document. I am curious about what the probable virus wants to do so I would like to inspect the code. At the moment ...
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Do the most common ransomware programs delete the original files as they go, or in a big bulk delete at the very end?

I'm talking about the most common varieties like Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, Torrentlocker, KeRanger, RSA4096, etc. (There is not necessarily a need to answer for all of these, one or two may do.) If ...
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What should you do if you catch ransomware mid-operation?

You boot up your computer one day and while using it you notice that your drive is unusually busy. You check the System Monitor and notice that an unknown process is using the CPU and both reading and ...
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Is this a Javascript virus?

So I got a random email saying this. Looks very automated: "How are things? I was visting your website on 4/9/2016 and I'm very interested. I'm currently looking for work either full time or ...
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VirusTotal desktop file uploader seems infected

I wanted to scan my process with VirusTotal.com and for this I downloaded vtuploader2.2.exe from their website. Before executing, I uploaded it to VirusTotal.com and scanned it for viruses to make ...
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Malware or viruses by browser redirects?

Recently was browsing and clicked on a link to the following address: (In code blocks so you cant accidently click it) http://paycheck-calculator.org/ Clicking on this quickly loaded 2-3 different ...
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What are best methods to mitigate damage from MS Office VBA macro viruses?

We use Office macros in our work (for example: Excel User Defined Functions) so we cannot completely disable VBA in Office documents but I am looking for ways to avoid exposure to Office document ...
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How can i read the source code of this encoded powershell script from the registry?

I get this line by ProcessExplorer C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -noprofile -windowstyle hidden -executionpolicy bypass iex ([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetString([...
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Is it possible to hide malicious code within/behind an image? [closed]

Is it possible to hide malicious code either within an image, or behind it as it is displayed on a webpage and then if the user saves this image, they actually are downloading the malicious code? ...
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How to distinguish malware from system crash?

Recently, I browsed to a website, which appeared to consume all the computer's resources. Although the mouse cursor continued to move, the browser (and other applications) slowed down fast and soon ...