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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What makes Malware so difficult to remove?

Why is it that when malware or adware is installed it's extremely difficult to remove? You can't go into your programs list to uninstall it and usually need a special program to remove it. What do the ...
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How does antivirus software fight polymorphic viruses [on hold]

Antivirus relies on comparing hashes. It is trivially easy for a virus to change its hash every time it reaches a new host. So I assume there must be ways for antivirus software to fight this. What ...
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What does this JavaScript do? It looks dangerous to me [on hold]

I believe this JavaScript looks dangerous. What does it do, and is it dangerous? I received a zip file by email that had inside this file in a .js file, i suspect someone is trying to hack my pc, ...
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Virus: Images get replaced on website [closed]

I have installed Windows 7 again on my laptop with Chrome as browser. The problem is that on different websites I visit, the actual images of the website get replaced with out of context images. It ...
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Confusing definitions of “parasitic virus” and “worm”

I was studying for CISSP certification when I came across the question "what type of virus attaches itself to an executable?" The answer was "parasitic". I find terms relating to viruses and malware ...
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Is it dangerous to share a USB flashdrive? [duplicate]

Recently I've watched a movie "Blackhat" where just by inserting a USB flashdrive he could infect a host PC with some malicious program. Is it true that it's not safe to share USB flashdrives just ...
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Are virus signatures different between antiviruses?

Are virus signatures different between antiviruses? For example, can a virus signature in Kaspersky differ from the signature associated to the same virus in Avast?
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Is it possible for a virus to be redistributed through RAM?

I have a new, formatted, and up-to-date laptop. It's clean of any infections and I'm sure of it. The only change I've made is that I added a new 4G DDR3 RAM stick from my old laptop, and my new one ...
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Can a virus spread between two Android devices logged into the same Google account?

It seems like I have a virus on my android tablet. I have had my tablet for 2.5 years (virus problems for almost 5 months). I am thinking about buying a new phone (Android) in the near future (I ...
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Antivirus constantly detecting tmp files as threats

Recently my antivirus has been constantly detecting threats and it's always tmp files. I delete maybe 50 of these files each day. A few days ago it detected a trojan. Last week it detected many ...
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Is it possible for a file that is non-executable and read-only to run malicious code?

On a POSIX system, is there a possibility for a file which is non-executable and read-only (aka with a mode 444) to run malicious code on a machine? If so, can you explain how it would do so?
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Is this VM-sandbox idea a good idea for testing viruses? [duplicate]

You want to look at some viruses, so you use something like VirtualBox to create a sandbox environment. But what if we change that environment a lot? What if we do: STEP ONE: Create a bootable flash ...
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Can you use two hardware firewalls?

There is a rule that says "don't use/install more than one firewalls on one computer " (software firewalls to be exact) which means if you have a network and it has five computers you can only ...
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How To Remove Possible Virus Files

See the original question. Using both AutoRun, where I disabled anything that wasn't verified or highlighted (that seemed suspicious), I looked at Process Explorer and found the above unverified. In ...
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Do I Have A Virus (and What To Do)? [closed]

Background: Windows 8, not a special edition. Windows Defender and Webroot are both installed and have been installed for over a month. Yesterday I got a weird error that I've never seen before that ...
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Can malicious software be installed inside Linux swap partition?

Is it possible for a virus of any kind to be installed inside Linux swap partition? If so, could it be transferred to the system even after formatting the Linux partition only and reinstalling the OS ...
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User information changing for online school site only

My son goes to online school. Our user name, password, email and security question keeps changing. Tech support is saying I have a hacker in my network. I have checked and changed all passwords for ...
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wonderlands.com popup virus [closed]

Problem As for this or this or even this, my computer has been infected to this sh-t and my browsers open an annoying pop-up on every single click to whatever web page I am visiting and this is ...
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Linux machine continuously transferring data over the network to random servers in china and across the globe [duplicate]

I have been using Linux for about 5 years now but I am not very skilled with the commands to monitor and figure out internal issues. I recently was having trouble with the Internet. My roommates were ...
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Detect trojan/keylogger/virus on a businees network

On a business computer network with around 50 computers, there is a computer infected. We need to find that and remove it. I have been running the software below in the suspicious computers, but ...
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Microsoft Word protected view - is it secure enough to protect users?

We had a user receive an email with what appears to be a Word Doc virus and it wanted them to open the file and enable editing. If they did not enable editing but merely opened the file, should we be ...
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Terminology involving malware/virus/worm [duplicate]

What is the difference between "worms", "viruses", and "malware"? Some sources I've found said both viruses and worms infect files. But others say worms are stand alone programs, and are ...
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Can autoplay USB stick spread virus to windows 8 or 10?

Autoplay was a security hole on older versions of Windows, but can I trust newer version like Windows 8 or 10 to insert USB stick without turning autoplay off?
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Where Does ClamAV Get Its Virus Signatures?

I see that ClamAV has virus definition files which are mostly hash codes in md5, sha1, and sha256 formats, which either look at the whole file or what are called PE sections of an executable file. Of ...
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How to find why so many host are talking to an IP which is blacklisted

In my SIEM tool, I got multiple alerts for communication with malware sites from Palo Alto firewall. I have seen many outbound communications from internal IPs toward IP: 74.217.31.51 having host ...
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Decoding injected PHP malicious code in my server

I've found on internet similar issues, and I compared the code. This one is different. I recently found out that the CentOS LAMP webserver we use for development in our office was infected by a piece ...
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What are cookies and cache?

While surfing on the Internet, I am often afraid that I may have downloaded some malware program along with some files on my computer. Furthermore, I have been told that the reason for that are ...
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Find Virus in an Image File

I just received a .jpg file that I'm almost positive contains a virus, so i have two questions about what I am able to do with the image. My first question originates from the fact that I opened the ...
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How do hackers find vulnerability? [closed]

Is it a rigorous trail and error exercise or do they actually read the whole code to "think" about it to find the vulnerable point?
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How Likely Is It For A Virus To Spread From A Linux VM To The Windows Host

I'm currently running Windows 10, and I plan to use a Linux distro to run in a VM (Virtual Box). I know Linux is one of the most secure operating systems there is and I'm curious as to how likely it ...
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iPad infected with virus (popup - admobinew.com)

This morning I was reading some news on some websites (I think one of them was haaretz.com) using my iPad (ios 9.0.1), I clicked on a news and I was redirected to some dodgy website and I started ...
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Huge virus problem on Acer computer [closed]

Im helping a friend fix a computer, and the problem is(other than the most amount of viruses i have ever seen) that the computer shuts down for no reason. So i found a program called "Snap.do". it is ...
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Can a rogue .wmv file “hijack” Windows Media Player?

I've downloaded a .wmv file using P2P. Attempting to play it with Media Player Classic (K-Lite Codec Pack) only gave me a green square in the playback window: I noticed that the video came with a ...
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Strange browsing problem, unknown images

When I open any site, I sometimes see unknown images replacing the original images on the website. They are not ads and can't be clicked. Just random images of people, cartoons etc. When I refresh ...
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Can malware infect more than one operating system?

Is is possible for malware to be written in a low-level language such as C or C++ and do the following: Infect a single operating systems(such as Windows) Detect other machines on the same network ...
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Avast Sandbox Waking Computer from Sleep in Windows 10. Avast 2016 premium version

I typed in powercfg /lastwake into cmd and it told me an avast sandbox .exe had woken the computer. I've disabled sandbox and it no longer constantly wakes from sleep - within 30 seconds. I scanned it ...
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How do professional hackers to test their own malwares/viruses without harming their own computer?

Yesterday I started some hacking tutorials on http://xeushack.com/tutorials/ by curiosity. I used the Android app to read the different articles about different ways of "hacking". The author clearly ...
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Computer Virus Phylogenies algorithms - pseudocode?

I've collected a large number of "Web Shell by oRb" (a.k.a. "FilesMan" backdoor, a.k.a. antichat backdoor) files by running a WordPress honeypot, and searching pastebin. The code in the variants is ...
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Is it possible to avoid “eXecute Disable bit” and “Data Execution Prevention” protections?

I argued with a friend about computer viruses. I mean classic computer viruses, which inject their code into host program and execute before/after/inside host program. Not macro viruses, nor Trojan ...
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Is it possible to be a hacker without being a criminal?

I am interested in information security, and I want to be a "hacker." I want to write hacking tools, make viruses, and other stuff... For me, programming botnets are a lot of fun, but how can ...
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Is Linux getting less or more secure? [closed]

The famous so-called virus-and-hacker-free Mac is a thing of the past: As it gets more popular it gets more vulnerabilities. Will Linux be the same at some point in time? Is it getting less of more ...
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How to scan large .bin files for malware?

I know about websites like VirusTotal, and programs like herdprotect. I'm using Avira and Superantispyware, but once the large bin files are scanned, usually nothing is found. But after running an ...
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Do you know a harmless exe file that copies itself into a file?

I'm doing a simple project where I read an exe file and if I find a virus that I already know, I erase it from the file. I have to test it with a virus (I'm looking for something harmless) that insert ...
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Most secure way to isolate computer on network

I handle personal client information. Stuff that shouldn't get lost. Because of this, I have had to be careful not to download or install anything that is in any way uncertain. One data stealing virus ...
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Best way to check if your browser is secure

There is a lot of Malware checking software which seems is just a virus. How can you check for sure that your Windows 8 computer is uninfected with virus and malware? Is malwarebytes enough, or ...
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Can Antivirus scan office and PDF file types?

I know antivirus software (like Kaspersky) can scan executable files for viruses, but can they scan office documents and PDF files for viruses?
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What vulnerability is this malicious document attempting to exploit

CLARIFICATION: I changed the title as people were interpreting this as a request to help understand the code. I explain what the code is doing below (critiques on this analysis are welcome.) I am ...
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How can USB sticks be dangerous?

We all know the story of the USB drive left outside a power plant which was found by a worker and inserted into a computer to see the contents which then allowed a hack to ensue. Here is my question, ...
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Suspicious JavaScript in website header

I am not sure if this is the correct place to ask a questions such as this, apologies if it isn't. I have found the below code in the header of one of my wordPress websites, I am pretty sure it is ...
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How can one execute code upon entry of folder in Windows?

Theoretical question, I'm just interested in how could this be done. I remember I had a virus on Windows7/8 (can't quite remember which one tho) which made Windows BSOD upon entry of a folder which ...