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

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Sites being redirected to adult site in all devices [on hold]

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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Remote accessed? [closed]

I'm not an IT professional but I'm hoping someone will take the time to answer this. I'm not generally such an idiot but this happened: I was using Ancestry.com on Chrome and clicking links within ...
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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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I think i might have accidentally clicked a phishing link, how can i be sure? [closed]

Long story short I might have accidentaly clicked a phishing link is there any kind of test I can do or anything I can do to check?
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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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What does this malicious JavaScript code do? [closed]

I got this by email this morning before my brain woke up and I clicked on it. Does anyone know how bad this is? It gave me an out of stack space error when I ran it. var ...
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FTP hacked, planted file [closed]

Can anyone help me to understand what this does? Someone has planted a file with this piece of code on my server.It is shortened because it cannot fit the question, but just to have some idea what ...
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Old Virus and AntiVirus Development Books

I have been searching for Virus Development study material such as books and tutorials etc. But the only things that I have been able to find are old books on the topic. By old I mean virus ...
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Possible virus hogging bandwidth [duplicate]

My computer might have a virus infection. I have used Norton Internet Security and Power Eraser to scan the computer but it still did not work. The traffic on my PC looks like this I used resource ...
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What is the most successful virus/rootkit? [closed]

"Successful" is rated by infection rate. Which virus/rootkit/malware has been able to infect the most computers globally?
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Virus changed folder to executable [migrated]

I loaned my flash drive to someone who used said drive on a Windows machine infected with a virus. My flash drive subsequently got infected with a virus that changes folders to executables. Research ...
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Why should I add a certificate to “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”?

I want to use a programm, which lets me modify touchpad gestures. http://www.multiswipe.com/faq But I need to add their certificate ( see in FAQ [ How to install MultiSwipe? ] ) to make it work. ...
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Is there anyway to easily decipher this virus code?

My server was attacked (I cleared the infection - as far as I know) and I want to know what, if anything, might have been compromised (like my user data, for example). I posted my last question on ...
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How to remove Cryptowall Locker Virus [duplicate]

I have been getting issues with this Cryptowall Locker Virus, is there any permanent solutions to remove this virus from my pc. I have taken help from ...
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How can I stop this remote attack?

Someone appears to be logging into my machine remotely, I am running Avast anti virus with Comodo Firewall both report no attacks.I only noticed this because on my router security logs I see the ...
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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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Does Dropbox offer any protection against infected files? [closed]

Does Dropbox offer any protection against sharing files which are infected? To give more info, my friends and I are currently working on a college project. We find it much more convenient using ...
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When using software to infect others, how are hackers them selves not infected? [closed]

I assume all hacking software (password cracker, R.A.T. etc...) are infected. So the hackers using it are probably hacked too, right ?
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How can I tell if my client has been infected with CryptoWall?

Today a client ran a file they believed to be something else, they said a black window appeared, so I checked the code to see what it ran in CMD, but can't quite work out what it's doing. I've just ...
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Does Android have sufficient app sandboxing?

In a previous question in InfoSec, I asked about how to determine the safety of a sideloaded Android app that requires root permissions. Now I would like to ask a related, but different question: Is ...
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Are there / have there ever been viruses that completely evade virus scanners for very long?

Are there, or have there ever been viruses that completely evade all virus scanners for a long time (e.g. longer than a year?)
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Protection against Bad USB not working for me

Protection against bad USB as described in this thread by user 10008 in the top voted answer is not working on my PC at the moment. I tried it when trying to install Ubuntu from a Live DVD to a USB ...
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Possible to detect an/or shut off CryptoLocker by limiting total network bytes transferred?

Since a virus infected PC has to download (encrypt) reupload the entire file (to a file server), and repeat the process for every network drive, is is possible to detect this unusually high bandwidth ...
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How to make undetectable malware [closed]

Fred Cohen in 1986 has proved in his Ph.D. thesis the undecidability of viral detection (no perfect virus checker can ever exist). My question is : Is it possible for a malware to stay very long time ...
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What is Net-Worm.PHP.Mongiko trying to do?

I found several lines of this request in my web server access log: Source IP Dest IP Request Stat User agent 217.172.190.19 ...
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Can a wireless headphone (bluetooth) contain malware?

Can a wireless (bluetooth) headphone store data? Also, if it can, then can someone put malware in it? I assume that the device must necessarily be able to store some sort of data, since it has buttons ...
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How an experienced user decides a download is safe? [closed]

I am new to computer security. I was wondering what an experienced information security user would do when inspecting a file for potential download. Obviously, it would be very difficult to look ...
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remote desktop connection to a potentially compromised machine

I am using rdesktop client on Linux to connect to windows machines. If some of these machines were compromised by some evil malware/virus/worm/trojan, is there any way for the malware to "jump" to my ...
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Determining safety of Android APK executable that requires root

On my request, a developer gave me a new version of his Android app to test. The app requires root permissions. I do not know the developer personally. I have no specific reasons to trust or ...
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PHP | Security for allowing user uploads

My Sittuation: I am creating a web application with PHP which allows users to scan their files for viruses. It allows the user to upload their files via the html "file" input type or via a URL. I ...
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How exactly do viruses get on computer when watching online porn? [duplicate]

I've been hearing that your computer could get infected when you visit porn sites, especially when watching videos. But how exactly do viruses get on client side? Is it by cache? Or maybe by ...
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How exactly do you infect the firmware of a hard drive? [closed]

Now that we are told that infecting firmware has been done in practice, how exactly does this work?
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Virus - by-pass with binairies repackaging

Why don’t « hackers » (or more accurately, « virus maker ») just do repackaging over their malware to by-pass antivirus software? Because it resolves the issue of the virus signature (kind of hash), ...
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IVE BEEN HACKED! [duplicate]

So i downloaded an application that was fishy that came out a couple hours ago on youtube and i was stupid and didnt scan it or anything and i let it run... blam instant security warnings and i ...
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CryptoWall 3 - how to prevent and how to decrypt?

My father's computer is now infected with CryptoWall 3, according to the link below. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptowall-ransomware-information#CryptoWall Is there a way to ...
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Is the convertomp3.com website hacked? :) [closed]

I wanted to convert a youtube video to mp3, but the website gaved me an EXE? ...
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How to test backend virus behavior?

I have a website that allows the user to upload files. The front-end (web tier) checks the file extension and first few bytes of the file for the magic number of an acceptable file, but then ...
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Is it safe to store a file in a temporary folder before it has been scanned for a virus?

I'm working on an application that makes use of the Symantec Protection Engine to scan uploaded files. I'm having issues with my files after they have been scanned. One possible solution I've seen ...
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how to know that my pc is 100% clean?

I work as a programmer ,i want to make sure that no remote access tools RATS are on my pc before i work on my new project. it happened before that after finishing a hard project, a hacker went on my ...
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Has this method ever been used by viruses to check if system has already been infected?

I know the era of the self spreading worm is over, but has this mechanism for determining if a machine has already been infected or not ever been used? When a virus runs it checks to see if the ...
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Are old Android WebViews a risk to Activesync email, and how do I block old devices?

I'm concerned that old versions of Android may be hacked through unpatched WebViews (in PhoneGap and other apps), exposing Activesync email data, and other sensitive information. To mitigate this, ...
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Security of root terminal (su -) when logged into X

I often log into X as normal user (of course), open terminal and switch to root: su - I have then a terminal owned by user but effectively with root privileges. Are there any security issues in ...
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Should text files or image files be virus scanned during upload?

I have created an online web app for my company. It's being tested for security files. The tester loaded the EICAR text file. The virus scanner on the server caught and removed the file. I have only ...
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Writing keylogger and viruses in python [closed]

So recently I have been working on some projects one of them is keylogger and the second is SYNflood (both in python). I want to know if ,is it a good practice to use python language for such ...
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Detected virus in pdf - should I be worried (CVE-2014-8449)?

I downloaded a pdf earlier, and I was trying to send it to my friend, but gmail said that it detected a virus. So I ran it through virustotal.com and only 1 out of 56 scanners came up with a virus - ...
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ClamAV detected CVE-2014-8449 in some PDFs. How do I know if it's a real problem?

We run clamav on all our user-uploaded files. It's currently giving this message for several PDFs: <filename...>: Pdf.Exploit.CVE_2014_8449 FOUND Looking at the CVE, it's for a integer ...
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Can folders [alone] have viruses?

I know that files can be infected, but can a Folder itself have a virus/trojan?
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Can my phone be affected by malware through mobile phone signal?

My phone is newly bought. Can a hacker actually scan the mobile phone signal around me, detect it, and put virus/malware into my phone THROUGH the mobile phone signal of my mobile service provider? ...
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Trojan name I can't find any information about

I decided to take an online virus scan using ESET online scanner, after getting some weird crash that made my drivers and other parts of the operating system unusable... The preliminary results say ...
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Which antivirus scanners detect malicious files like image files / text files that seem harmless? until double clicked?

I'm on win7 64bit, and I just found out that you can embed scripting data into images and plain text files where it would run the cmd.exe file to execute other scripts. What type of antivirus scanners ...