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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Not sure if I have got a virus

About an hour ago a friend of mine sent me a suspicious link on Skype. It was a 'Goo.gl' link with my username in the url. I accidentally clicked on it and think I've gotten a virus. However I'm not ...
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how to debug for DNS changing Maleware on (linux/android)?

So by opening an application/browser on my Android device, I found that it pops open a set of ads. I channeled a proxy through my laptop trying to track the first web site it connects to. Later I ...
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What is meaning of the term Whitelisting in antivirus?

How exactly does whitelisting work and what does it mean in terms of antivirus software?
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How does quarantine feature work internally in antivirus? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to find out the internal encryption and details of quarantined file. if any body knows the information please share.
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Receiving packets from Amazon

I ran a Wireshark packet capture on my home Windows PC, as there was some suspicion that I was infected (although I notice nothing out of the ordinary and both Avast and Malwarebytes detect nothing). ...
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Where can I get more info about these viruses?

I've been using Airtel 3G Dongle (Data Card) on Windows and ClamWin has detected the following viruses in the dialer software of Airtel: C:\Program Files\airtel\TCPOptimizer.exe: Win.Trojan.Swrort-...
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How to deal with possibility of viruses on Dropbox, Google Drive, external hard drive, etc?

For home use, what is the best way to deal with viruses that could be on external storage, which seems like a great way for hackers to persist on your system even after a reformat. Maybe the best ...
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Dealing with a home network virus [closed]

We just called IT support and they said we have a network virus and on our home network and any device connected to the wifi has also now been effected. They said we had to contract a professional to ...
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What kind of damage does the HummingBad Android malware do when it fails to gain root access?

There is this Android virus out there called HummingBad, and it seems the first thing it tries to do is try to get root access. There are so many device models out there, and the rooting process is ...
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How exactly does the HummingBad Android malware gain root access?

I've read a little bit in the last few days about HummingBad, an Android virus which tries to gain root access. It seems to use the root access to display ads and install apps. Varying estimates put ...
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Is malware distributed with pirated software actually common?

An often-repeated piece of conventional wisdom goes like the following. Don't download pirated software, they often contain malware. I'm curious to know if there are any hard facts to backup ...
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How does the quarantine of anti-virus/malware software work? [duplicate]

What is the quarantine of antivirus software? Is it just some strict user/group rights and changing file extension or is it an actual moving the file(s) to a virtual environment? How is this software ...
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Can you get a virus from sending a GET or POST request? [duplicate]

If I need to fix up my question in any way please let me know, this is my first question on the site So there's a game development website I use where you can develop with other people, and within ...
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Are the Linux community/universe repositories significantly less safe then the main repositories?

If so what makes community/universe less safe? Is there less testing or is it simply less safe because more people could put malware in them.
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Why does Windows Explorer connect to some IP address? [duplicate]

I recently found that my Windows Explorer is connected to some IP address from Spain. As I know that Windows Explorer should not connect to the Internet, I installed an antivirus and firewall, which ...
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Has malware ever been found in a package from a large Linux distribution and what is done to prevent this from occurring?

I am wondering exactly how safe are the Arch, Ubuntu, Mint and Manjaro repositories. What testing is done to ensure that a trusted user does not place a virus in a package, and how often?
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My mouse sometimes move without reason. Could it be a virus persisting Ubuntu reinstalls? [closed]

I am running Ubuntu Linux and I have reinstalled the system several times but sometimes I still feel like somebody gets remote access to my computer. I'm not running any software like Team Viewer. I ...
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Laptop adware issue [duplicate]

So I stumbled upon a problem. I host a website and on my laptop every time I visit it, it has tons of adware on it and stuff. When I go to the index version of it, it is clean. Example: http://...
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If I run an infected DOS .COM file in DOSBox on C: directory will my main OS be damaged?

I want to test some DOS viruses. If I run them from C: will my computer be damaged?
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Virus using input from victims mic to generate encryption keys [closed]

I am a software engineer from Bucharest and I've created an audio based encryption and authentication application called WaveCrypt. It basically allows users to encrypt (AES) their files with an ...
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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 ...