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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How to get rid of an Ad bot?

The issue started due to setting up a proxy server on a PC connected to my network. I then realized that all of my devices that connected to the network, including PCs and phones, are all infected by ...
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Suspicious 2 page, no image Word Docx has 1.7 MB

Can a word document contain virus or harm you in any way? Someone sent me a word docx that has only 2 pages, no image but it's 1.7 MB big. If I use save as to save it with a different name but still ...
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What is the difference between a virus and a worm ? [duplicate]

The only thing I know is that virus can get into the other programs and infect it whereas worms cannot attach itself to another program.
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Can virus save to SIM Card?

(Before everything excuse me because of me 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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Is there any decompiled source code for the “Flame”/“Skywiper” malware?

When searching for the source for Stuxnet, its relatively easy to come by in one form or another. Although I'm actually curious if anyone has done any work to comment the source and perhaps clean up ...
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Why an infected VM does not affect the host machine? [duplicate]

I installed a Windows XP virtual machine on VirtualBox. The host machine is also a Windows XP. I run 5 viruses on the guest machine, however this does not seem to infect my host machine. Could someone ...
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Is there any virus that can cause physical damage [duplicate]

Like damaging a chip on the motherboard, increase the fan's speed till something explodes or anything similar to that. I am not an IT guru but I never came across a malicious code that couldn't be ...
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How do I ensure that my computer is 100% worm-free?

Ok say I have a brand new laptop that was is brand new. Is it true to say that as long as I keep the bluetooth turned off, and I am not connected to the internet, and only copy files that are 100% ...
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Does the EICAR test work on Linux based antivirus scanners?

Does the EICAR antivirus test work on antivirus scanners for Linux? The EICAR test is described in more detail here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EICAR_test_file The reason I ask is that it requests ...
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Does a virus need to be clicked on to function?

Can a virus infect my Windows XP operating system by its mere presence? I mean, if I copy/paste a virus on my computer and I never click on it, will it infect my computer or will it remain dormant, ...
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Unrecognizable Icon. Virus?

Sorry I'm not sure this would be the best place but I've noticed this icon recently. I'm not sure what it is and it only pops up sometimes. When it does, I can't click it or do anything to it and it ...
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After typing a web address, unwanted content “salesforce.com” appears in it and redirects me [migrated]

When I type a web address in my web browser, "force.com" or "salesforce.com" comes up in it. Here's an example: https://k12parentportal.force.com/portal_enrollmenthome>. Everything is correct except ...
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Buzzfeed just downloaded a binary file to my PC, unasked

The file is binary, named '96748', and it's 12.8kb in size. Ubuntu thinks it's an swf. Thank god I was in a Linux VM and not Windows. It doesn't seem to have done anything, and it's just sitting there ...
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Are there any logic-bombs that execute when the file is deleted?

I want to delete a suspected malicious file from a server. For the purposes of this question assume that the infected machine is Windows Server 2003 or later. Is there any risk in deleting such a ...
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Problem in downloading and browsing [closed]

My downloads stop completing and some page in the browser appearing blank or with text only without css or js and so on, some program after complete return me a message when trying to start ...
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Is JavaScript malware as dangerous as native viruses? [closed]

Can JavaScript malware be as dangerous and damaging as more traditional viruses that are programmed mostly in native APIs?
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Virus affecting MS Office files

(I'm not sure if here is correct place for asking this question) I've come across a strange virus that changed contents of all MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and image formats. It places this ASCII ...
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How can I watch porn, safely, and not get a virus? (and not infect corporate data also)

I'm part of a small office in the middle of nowhere, and we just got absorbed into a large mega corporation. Sometimes we watch porn, at the office, on company computers, using the company ...
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How to deal with a person who gets easily fooled by internet and mail scams?

alternative title: How to deal with a person who has gotten paranoid and doesn't want to go online anymore? A person, who has over the years been scammed many times, by bad spam/fraud emails, and ...
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How isolated are 2 operating systems on 1 harddisk?

Lets say I have 2 windows dual booting on the same harddrive (windws 7), How isolated are they? I am thinking that there should be up to date antiviruses software on both Windows, and they should be ...
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How serious is a local virus in terms of network security

My colleague got a notification on his machine of a possible virus (through the virus scanner that is installed by default on all machines). He called up the tech department, and they simply told him ...
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How safe is virtual box without internet [duplicate]

I am running a windows 7 virtual box without internet connected. Internet is, however, connected to the host, and I allow any internet access to and from the host. On the guest platform I am working ...
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Should I get an antivirus for Ubuntu?

Considering the recent thread regarding anti-virus for the Mac I wonder how many of the arguments put forth are relevant today to Linux systems, specifically Ubuntu. There are no known Ubuntu ...
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Completely Protected Virtual Folder

I am a Python / C developer currently working on a extremely important piece of software. The details of the code will not be mentioned, and the only place the code appears is on my own hard drive, in ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

There are some people saying that people should use an antivirus software on Mac. And there are thousands of people claiming that Macs don't get viruses (under this term I mean spyware / malware as ...
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Can a virus on the host affect the VM guest [duplicate]

let me explain my problem. The wifi on my macbook suddenly stopped working so tried to use my usb wifi adapter on a linux VM. But the funny thing is that nothing works on the guest vm either... Well ...
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Apple ID phishing lead to my router infected?

For future visitors, I will try to be as general as possible, but I must include details to give you a full picture. As my Apple ID's security email address belongs to my brother, he forwarded an ...
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How do I report new malware?

I have a new piece of malware that isn't detected by current anti-virus vendors. How do I report it to them? I want to do a good turn and help protect as many people as possible. What is the best ...
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How can a malicious URL affect a computer?

Many security experts advise not to click on malicious URLs. How can clicking a URL affect a computer's security? If a malicious file was downloaded and executed, then a computer's security may be ...
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Can viruses be transfered across incompatible architectures?

I am needing to run scans from one computer/laptop/device to another computer in a protected system. I am worried that plugging in my scanning computer to the protected computer might cause some risk ...
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Are popular porn sites more likely to be infected with malware?

I'm trying to help my friend understand this because he believes that since a site is very popular, that it's less likely to infect its viewers because of its security! Is a popular site less likely ...
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How can I set up a secure virus laboratory? [duplicate]

I've been playing around with virtual operating systems for some time and began wondering: would it be possible to set up a virus laboratory in a virtual machine? If not, are there other ways that do ...
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How to backup files stored in a possibly infected computer?

I am to reinstall an old Windows XP installation. Before I format the drive, I have to backup some data (~200GB) like .doc files, pdfs, photos to an external hard drive. My concern is that this ...
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I need to know if this is a virus [closed]

Someone has been sending me these weird emails and I am starting to get curious about it. The latest one has an image of a broken image linking to this address... I wonder if you guys could help me ...
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Can viruses actually inject their code in other processes?

Can a virus really inject its own code into a process so it stays on your computer permantly? The only way to actually remove it is to reinstall your OS. My question is how can it do that without ...
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Is OSX vulnerable / susceptible to Gameover Zeus

I've heard a TON of vague info on Gameover Zeus recently. One detail I can't seem to find is if it affects OSX? when I say I can't find it I mean from a credible source. I've found loads of people ...
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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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Safely converting untrusted files with Microsoft Word in a web service

I'm made a small web service that gets urls, download them, and convert them for another format. Most of those urls are documents (doc, docs,...). Basically, I'm open them with MS-Word and convert ...
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Is there a hash algorithm that can identify similar files or strings?

Is there a hash algorithm that will help you identify similar files or strings? For example, the hash for ABC and XBC would be similar rather than radically different as is usually the case. I know of ...
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How to deal with resistant malware

Everytime I visit Gmail, Facebook, YouTube, or Yahoo mail, I get a popup "Please update Internet Explorer" (while I'm using Chrome!). I don't have screenshots but this website describes the problem. ...
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How can we find out the fully undetectable virus and kill it in our computer? [duplicate]

As I know, most hacker can crypt the virus to bypass all antivirus. Even famous antivirus like kaspersky and avast doesn't know it. So, is there a good way to find out the FUD virus and protect from ...
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process/program execution anomalies

How could I know if a given program is malicious by checking its CPU occupation, RAM consumption, network connexions, registry entries ... etc ? Maybe an other way to ask this question is: when could ...
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How to combat and prevent a lpcloudsvr302 and bk-coretag.js Virus?

I recently came across a computer that was infected with a lpcloudsvr302 and a bk-coretag.js Virus. I did some research about the two Viruses and realized that their is no reliable source that helps ...
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Is it safe to serve any user uploaded file under only white-listed MIME content types?

Let's say I develop an application that, Allows any user to upload a file of only white listed mime content type and extensions (word and pdf). Serves those files with the allowed extension and ...
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Can Malware Physically Damage A Hard Drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms where simply "my computer is freezes at random times". The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive ...
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Computer worms, propagation and exploiting vulnerabilities

I have been referred here to ask this question, so I am doing a research on computer worms, I have been through several sites and a few caught my attention, I have learnt that worms propagate through ...
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How can the data in a computer system become corrupted when it is copied across a network? [closed]

Doing a report. Having trouble understanding the concept. I need to talk about the following topic in relation to: How can the errors be detected? Can they be detected and corrected? If so, by ...
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Website starting up on PC boot [closed]

today i boot my PC when i got home & a russian website about games & naked chicks openen up instantly during general boot of the desktop. I thought "WTF", shut down my PC and restarted it. ...
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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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Can malware be attached to an image?

I have a small number of employees who use a company computer but these people aren't very tech savvy. They use an email client and a messaging client. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't click on .exe or ...