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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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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Is it possible for a virus to be downloaded unknowingly and run when a website is opened?

Usually, the only time I see viruses happen is when someone mistakenly runs an infected file. But could one also be infected by just visiting a website?
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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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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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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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Malware or viruses by browser redirects?

Recently was browsing and clicked on a link to the following address: (In code blocks so you cant accidently click it) http://paycheck-calculator.org/ Clicking on this quickly loaded 2-3 different ...
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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 https://...
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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 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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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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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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Do the most common ransomware programs delete the original files as they go, or in a big bulk delete at the very end?

I'm talking about the most common varieties like Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, Torrentlocker, KeRanger, RSA4096, etc. (There is not necessarily a need to answer for all of these, one or two may do.) If ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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Virus/Trojan attached to GnuPG encrypted file

Is it possible to infect a file encrypted using GnuPG? For example, if I had an encrypted file on an unsecured public ftp server, would someone be able to copy that file and attach a virus/trojan ...
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Server loaded with antivirus lets viral file go through

We have a .NET MVC website with a WCF Service as a service layer. One of the feature that the service offers is the ability to upload documents. When we asked our security consultant to test our ...
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How can I safely view the code of a VBA macro?

I have received a phishing email with the usual bogus bill in the form of a Word document. I am curious about what the probable virus wants to do so I would like to inspect the code. At the moment ...
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What should you do if you catch ransomware mid-operation?

You boot up your computer one day and while using it you notice that your drive is unusually busy. You check the System Monitor and notice that an unknown process is using the CPU and both reading and ...
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Can a virus execute without user interaction? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of malware infection techniques where the user is infected by drive by downloads through browser vulnerabilities or social engineering. But is there a way that a virus could execute ...
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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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Can a computer virus be stored somewhere else than on the hard drive?

Are there viruses that have managed to hide themselves somewhere other than on the hard drive? Like CPU cache or on the motherboard? Is it even possible? Say I get a virus, so I get rid of the HDD ...
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Can a SIM card propagate malware?

Is it possible that malware can infect a SIM card? What will happen when I insert the SIM card in another phone?
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Protect against virus and malware attacks from website ads with iptables

Lots of websites spread malware by publishing advertisements that distribute malware. Even YouTube's ad network has been compromised in the past. Browser ad blockers and related plugins have there own ...
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PC reverting to infected state after virus removal [closed]

Whenever I leave my PC with a technician to get rid of viruses, this happens; at the shop the technician demonstrates that all has been fixed, but when I return home and connect hardware, after 15-20 ...
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Does EMET auto update itself?

I cannot see this option and no answer after google for it. May be it is not good to update update itself since it suppose to be customized so if it updates itself would screw up the profile?
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Virus on mainboard(?) how does it work?

This post made me remember on a strange occurence I noticed somewhen back in 2008. At that time I had alot IT-problems I wasn't able to technically accurate fix, where I nowaday do, but that one still ...
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How do I remove disorderstatus.ru virus? Prevent reinfection? Make sure there is no (BIOS) rootkit left?

I have recently had two PCs infected with disorderstatus.ru / differentia.ru, by plugging an infected pendrive. From Google searches, it appears that it is a recent virus, or at least with recent ...
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VirusTotal desktop file uploader seems infected

I wanted to scan my process with VirusTotal.com and for this I downloaded vtuploader2.2.exe from their website. Before executing, I uploaded it to VirusTotal.com and scanned it for viruses to make ...
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Why do some antivirus programs find infections that others miss?

I have Avast Free antivirus on my Windows 7 PC and yesterday I used Bit Defender quick scan addons, which spotted a virus. In rechecking with Avast, it didn't pick it up. In scanning my system with ...
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Is this a Javascript virus?

So I got a random email saying this. Looks very automated: "How are things? I was visting your website on 4/9/2016 and I'm very interested. I'm currently looking for work either full time or ...
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Is it possible to hide malicious code within/behind an image? [closed]

Is it possible to hide malicious code either within an image, or behind it as it is displayed on a webpage and then if the user saves this image, they actually are downloading the malicious code? ...
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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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What are best methods to mitigate damage from MS Office VBA macro viruses?

We use Office macros in our work (for example: Excel User Defined Functions) so we cannot completely disable VBA in Office documents but I am looking for ways to avoid exposure to Office document ...
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When do encryption viruses run? [duplicate]

Viruses that encrypt your files, like the recently very common 'Locky', seem to perform a lot of work before they are 'done'. I wonder, when do these programs run? They must take quite some time, ...
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How to trace the actions performed by a virus?

Is that possible to trace the actions performed by a virus? Run Time , stolen data and the files consulted and get the relative impact on my pc.?
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How can i read the source code of this encoded powershell script from the registry?

I get this line by ProcessExplorer C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -noprofile -windowstyle hidden -executionpolicy bypass iex ([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetString([...
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How to distinguish malware from system crash?

Recently, I browsed to a website, which appeared to consume all the computer's resources. Although the mouse cursor continued to move, the browser (and other applications) slowed down fast and soon ...
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Is there any known encrypting ransomware that attacks Macs?

Just about every article I read about Cryptowall, Cryptolocker, and its ilk seems to assume that the reader is running some flavor of Windows. When I Google "ransomware OSX", I get a long list of ...
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How would one recall a worm? [closed]

Hypothetically, say I wrote a worm, call it W1, just for fun/to see if I could, and it had silently infected a large number of computers attached to the internet. Say it didn't do anything but just ...
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Thorough computer scan

I'd like to give my computer an overall deep scan against all kinds of malware. I was infected about a year ago and I feel like there may still be some hidden rootkit on my HDD or something like that....
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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 ...