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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Viruses on video cards?

Steve Gibson of Security Now fame claims that viruses can attack a video card and infect it. I assume that he means it can infect the Video BIOS. However I'm skeptical. BIOSes are so numerous and ...
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How to search for evidence of Camfecting (webcam hacking)?

I'm worried about camfecting (webcam hacking). The camera light on my mac (running OSX) is not on, but it isn't hard wired so that doesn't say a lot. I've ran a virus scan but no signs. Now my idea ...
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Fiddler show external requests but not initiated by any legitimate process

While debugging my web application in Fiddler, I found out that there are some suspicious requests to some hotel sites, search requests to google.pl. etc. See below images. Strangely there no process ...
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Can malicious code trigger without the user executing or opening the file?

If a file is downloaded from the Internet, and saved on disk, but is not opened by a user (if we keep autorun off), are there any chances that malicious code (e.g. a virus) in the file could trigger? ...
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Large amount of foreign IPs hitting out firewall, is this automated scans or are we under attack?

I just got put in charge of a network. In the logs on our firewall I noticed that we had a large amounts of machines trying to connect to port 53 as well as about a dozen other ports. Are these ...
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Malicious programs that takes advantages of Windows vulnerabilities [closed]

I was wondering if the majority of the viruses and worms are created to exploit vulnerabilities of the Windows system (not a third party app), also I would like to see a report. In Windows a normal ...
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Procedure of tranmission of original virus [closed]

If website A is having a video with a virus, then if we watch that video through another website B (like dirpy dot com or getaudiofromvideo dot com), is there mechanism for the virus from website A ...
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Malware code in WordPress?

I'm pretty sure that we have malware code in our WordPress website - Here is the code in question, it is located at the top of every php file in the website; { ...
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how to protect my USB stick from Viruses

I repair a lot of computers with viruses, malware, and what not, and I have one problem that I am struggling to find a solution for. Whenever I connect my USB stick that has the tools I need for the ...
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Cryptowall files found, but nothing encrypted

I've got a weird situation here and wanted to see if anyone else has run across this. Windows Security Essentials found Cryptowall on a system here and was able to remove the trojan that causes drops ...
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What do I do, I got a virus warning on a webpage

I went to the web address (hxxp://www.asanka.com) (WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN VISITING) on Safari, then suddenly I got a warning message [image below] What do I do? I'm freaked out. I have a lot of ...
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Decrypt a file by knowing the original content [duplicate]

We had some ransomware get into our system a couple of weeks ago, and it has encrypted a large amount of our files. I am wondering, is it possible to figure out an encryption key if I know the ...
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Pop ups after adware removal [closed]

I have a user who had a program called "Shopshop" running on his system that would cause page redirecting when using Chrome, IE, etc. I was able to remove the infection and extensions and ran AV and ...
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Prevent CryptoLocker on Server

A quick question, which may have a not-so-quick answer - Are there any ways to prevent files associated with CryptoLocker, to be propagated to a data server, by means of a back up? We use Cobian as ...
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What is the corrupted image vulnerability? How does it work?

What exactly happens when someone injects malicious binary code into an image file (on Windows)? How is that done?
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Scanning for files than have been encrypted by CryptoLocker

I am just asking in case someone has already done the analysis. A customer has a large set of network drives that were mapped to a CryptoLocker infected machine. The infection itself has been treated. ...
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Is there a virus that attempted to foil generic decryption techniques, and how did it do so?

Is there a virus that attempted to foil generic decryption techniques? How did it do so? I need to know the virus name, because I tried searching and I am unable to locate any virus that did that, and ...
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Unknown hijacker/popups on the browser

I was cleaning my father’s laptop which was recently infected by a fairly tenacious piece of malware. It hasn't given any great clues as to what it is named or anything of that sort and thus far ...
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How to sanitize archive files?

I am looking for a way to make sure that a particular archive file does not contain any sort of malicious code. From time to time new vulnerabilities pop up (e.g. gzip, 7zip) so I though a good idea ...
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How to deal with virus causing massive startup delay? [closed]

I have an SSD and normally startup only takes seconds. However recently my PandaSecurity said it detected a virus and needed to restart to purge it. When I allowed the computer to restart, the ...
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How effective is antivirus software? [duplicate]

On one hand, most antivirus websites claim their products are highly effective, and I've seen antivirus "test" videos claiming 95%+ detection rates for new malware (as in less than a day old, not old ...
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Protecting Backups from Viruses

Currently we are using ReadyNAS by NETGEAR to hold all our images from all our machines. My question is can viruses expand from the machines and infect the NAS drive and the backups? We are using ...
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How to get started as a Malware Analyst? [closed]

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section. A little about me: I'm going to be a sophomore in the fall at university, my major is Computer Science (Information Assurance). I've been interested in ...
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Is there any virus that deletes Personal Folder? [closed]

I noticed that some special folders of my ex-HDD have been deleted. 'Personal' is one of them. Is there any virus that does that?
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Is google.com/webhp malicious?

Lately, I've noticed the addition of "/webhp" in the url of Google searches along with some additional variables, "sourceid", "rlz", and a few others. Together, they make a URL in the form of ...
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Is there a online filter to check email attachments?

I've just received an email from an old employer. There is very little information in the message sent just: See attached file for your review. Kind regards, Mick with an attachment. I ...
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Virus Encoded in Video

So I'm not familiar at all with IT Security, but I'm a bit curious about something. I was watching a TV show and at one point, a virus spreads through an office. They investigate and find out that the ...
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Can virus save to SIM Card?

(Before everything excuse me because of my English) Today one of my friends asked me about his Nokia 130 Dual SIM. There was a problem about Short Message System. No Messages were sent from that ...
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Can VPNs prevent information from being stolen by keyloggers screen readers?

What role, if any, do VPNs play in preventing information being stolen by keyloggers and mouse/screen readers? Here's my thought process: Even if malicious software is present on your device, for ...
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how to detect an encrypted virus

a virus code (x bytes long) is XORed with a x bytes long word (we call this T). This word T is built repeating multiple times a 8 byte secret key. the infected file contains this XORed (obfuscated) ...
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Is it possible to catch a virus on my LAN without clicking on anything?

My unpatched PC running Windows is connected to a network which contains other "infected" computers, can I get infected by viruses without any interaction on my part?
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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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Potential worm damage on a physically isolated Tor system

I'm setting up a physically isolated Tor system (with one computer serving as the workstation and another as a Tor gateway), and I'm concerned about methods a worm could use to infect my OS. In the ...
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Virus attached or included in VST(i) Plugin

VST Plugins are DLL files available to be put into a folder in the Music Tool which then can use this as a plugin. Does VST have a mechanism not to execute malicious code inside the dll file? Can I ...
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Is it possible to get malware through an incoming video/audio stream? (e.g. Omegle, Skype etc.)

just a quick question. Is it possible for incoming video/audio streams to contain malware etc. through exploits in the transfer of the video/audio? Thanks in advance.
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Can any dangerous file(Virus, Trojan, Malware, etc) cause harm inside a zip or rar?

I am using Windows 8.1 pro with Mozilla Thunderbird for my email requirements. I have my Thunderbird set to auto download all email attachments, however upon runnning a Virus scan I am seeing many ...
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Opening mail without any risk [closed]

Before opening unknown email (not in spam folder) how we can identify no any danger inside the mail (with availability of active virus guard)
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SSH scan against D-Link routers: is there a (new) exploit?

TL;DR if you have a D-Link router perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to check its SSH settings and/or username/passwords. I am a long-time user of fail2ban on several machines, almost all Ubuntu 12 ...
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How can I tell if I have the citadel virus without downloading an antivirus?

I recently received an e-mail from Virgin Media indicating that I might have the Citadel virus. It obviously sounds like a fake e-mail, but I am almost certain it is genuine, as they had my name and ...
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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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Securely erasing USB flash drives from a bootable media

My question refers to securely erasing viruses from the usb flash drives, including the MBR, in case there is one. I was thinking of booting with Linux from a closed CD-R (a cd rather than USB flash ...
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Can you write OS-related virus using high level languages like Python

It is a well known fact that OS-related viruses are commonly written in low level languages like C or C++ which require direct access to the kernel of the CPU , I am just wondering if its possible ...
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Can I have a virus/adware in my router?

When I browse the Internet (in any browser), there are extra ads. I thought it could be on my computer, tried Ubuntu live disk, and even there were these ads. Same ads are on my iOS and Android ...
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Determine in which process a virus is hiding [closed]

My computer got one of those Recycle bin viruses, e621ca05.exe. It's an old installation of Windows XP and I can't even enter safe mode because it was in a shaky state already. So I can't follow the ...
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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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backdoor php trojan still dangerous on my local machine?

I recently removed and fixed a lot of backdoor trojans in some files in one of my servers, and I copied those files to my local computer. But the issue is that now that I run the virus scanner on my ...
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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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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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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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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, ...