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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Virus: Images get replaced on website [closed]

I have installed Windows 7 again on my laptop with Chrome as browser. The problem is that on different websites I visit, the actual images of the website get replaced with out of context images. It ...
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Confusing definitions of “parasitic virus” and “worm”

I was studying for CISSP certification when I came across the question "what type of virus attaches itself to an executable?" The answer was "parasitic". I find terms relating to viruses and malware ...
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Is Adobe Flash Player installer redirect due to a malware?

When I go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 'Install Now' will redirect me to their homepage without downloading the update or any explanation. What could be going on? Is some malware ...
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Is it dangerous to share a USB flashdrive? [duplicate]

Recently I've watched a movie "Blackhat" where just by inserting a USB flashdrive he could infect a host PC with some malicious program. Is it true that it's not safe to share USB flashdrives just ...
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Shortcut Virus: All contents of my USB gets transferred into an unnamed hidden folder

Whenever I connect any USB into my PC. All of the contents of my USB gets thrown into a hidden unnamed folder which is getting irritating. I have tried to search online for solutions but none of them ...
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Are virus signatures different between antiviruses?

Are virus signatures different between antiviruses? For example, can a virus signature in Kaspersky differ from the signature associated to the same virus in Avast?
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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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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 ...
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Can a virus spread between two Android devices logged into the same Google account?

It seems like I have a virus on my android tablet. I have had my tablet for 2.5 years (virus problems for almost 5 months). I am thinking about buying a new phone (Android) in the near future (I ...
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Is this VM-sandbox idea a good idea for testing viruses? [duplicate]

You want to look at some viruses, so you use something like VirtualBox to create a sandbox environment. But what if we change that environment a lot? What if we do: STEP ONE: Create a bootable flash ...
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Antivirus constantly detecting tmp files as threats

Recently my antivirus has been constantly detecting threats and it's always tmp files. I delete maybe 50 of these files each day. A few days ago it detected a trojan. Last week it detected many ...
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Is it possible for a file that is non-executable and read-only to run malicious code?

On a POSIX system, is there a possibility for a file which is non-executable and read-only (aka with a mode 444) to run malicious code on a machine? If so, can you explain how it would do so?
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Can you use two hardware firewalls?

There is a rule that says "don't use/install more than one firewalls on one computer " (software firewalls to be exact) which means if you have a network and it has five computers you can only ...
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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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How To Remove Possible Virus Files

See the original question. Using both AutoRun, where I disabled anything that wasn't verified or highlighted (that seemed suspicious), I looked at Process Explorer and found the above unverified. In ...
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Do I Have A Virus (and What To Do)? [closed]

Background: Windows 8, not a special edition. Windows Defender and Webroot are both installed and have been installed for over a month. Yesterday I got a weird error that I've never seen before that ...
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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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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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Microsoft Word protected view - is it secure enough to protect users?

We had a user receive an email with what appears to be a Word Doc virus and it wanted them to open the file and enable editing. If they did not enable editing but merely opened the file, should we be ...
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Can malicious software be installed inside Linux swap partition?

Is it possible for a virus of any kind to be installed inside Linux swap partition? If so, could it be transferred to the system even after formatting the Linux partition only and reinstalling the OS ...
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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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User information changing for online school site only

My son goes to online school. Our user name, password, email and security question keeps changing. Tech support is saying I have a hacker in my network. I have checked and changed all passwords for ...
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Linux machine continuously transferring data over the network to random servers in china and across the globe [duplicate]

I have been using Linux for about 5 years now but I am not very skilled with the commands to monitor and figure out internal issues. I recently was having trouble with the Internet. My roommates were ...
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Detect trojan/keylogger/virus on a businees network

On a business computer network with around 50 computers, there is a computer infected. We need to find that and remove it. I have been running the software below in the suspicious computers, but ...
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Terminology involving malware/virus/worm [duplicate]

What is the difference between "worms", "viruses", and "malware"? Some sources I've found said both viruses and worms infect files. But others say worms are stand alone programs, and are ...
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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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Can autoplay USB stick spread virus to windows 8 or 10?

Autoplay was a security hole on older versions of Windows, but can I trust newer version like Windows 8 or 10 to insert USB stick without turning autoplay off?
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Are anti-virus companies companies regularly committing software piracy?

As Mikko Hypponen highlighted in a recent tweet, anti-Virus companies collect and store both samples of malicious software and samples of legitimate software: This got me to thinking, what ...
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Can a virus infect source code files with dangerous data?

If a user was infected with a file altering virus is it possible that checked in code (files containing text) to the source control could contain dangerous properties. I ask this after this got me ...
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How to check my application passes multiple virus scanners

I have an application I am trying to bring to market and I want to ensure that nothing in it is picked up by a virus scanner (since that would reflect badly on me). Since I only have a single scanner ...
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What are cookies and cache?

While surfing on the Internet, I am often afraid that I may have downloaded some malware program along with some files on my computer. Furthermore, I have been told that the reason for that are ...
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Possible to detect an/or shut off CryptoLocker by limiting total network bytes transferred?

Since a virus infected PC has to download (encrypt) reupload the entire file (to a file server), and repeat the process for every network drive, is is possible to detect this unusually high bandwidth ...
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Best practice for home router configuration

Having read about the large number of routers infected by Wifatch, I've realised I don't know how to check whether my router has been infected with this or more malicious malware or what I'd do about ...
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How to find why so many host are talking to an IP which is blacklisted

In my SIEM tool, I got multiple alerts for communication with malware sites from Palo Alto firewall. I have seen many outbound communications from internal IPs toward IP: 74.217.31.51 having host ...
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Decoding injected PHP malicious code in my server

I've found on internet similar issues, and I compared the code. This one is different. I recently found out that the CentOS LAMP webserver we use for development in our office was infected by a piece ...
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How do hackers find vulnerability? [closed]

Is it a rigorous trail and error exercise or do they actually read the whole code to "think" about it to find the vulnerable point?
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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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How Likely Is It For A Virus To Spread From A Linux VM To The Windows Host

I'm currently running Windows 10, and I plan to use a Linux distro to run in a VM (Virtual Box). I know Linux is one of the most secure operating systems there is and I'm curious as to how likely it ...
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Huge virus problem on Acer computer [closed]

Im helping a friend fix a computer, and the problem is(other than the most amount of viruses i have ever seen) that the computer shuts down for no reason. So i found a program called "Snap.do". it is ...
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Strange browsing problem, unknown images

When I open any site, I sometimes see unknown images replacing the original images on the website. They are not ads and can't be clicked. Just random images of people, cartoons etc. When I refresh ...
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Avast Sandbox Waking Computer from Sleep in Windows 10. Avast 2016 premium version

I typed in powercfg /lastwake into cmd and it told me an avast sandbox .exe had woken the computer. I've disabled sandbox and it no longer constantly wakes from sleep - within 30 seconds. I scanned it ...
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How do professional hackers to test their own malwares/viruses without harming their own computer?

Yesterday I started some hacking tutorials on http://xeushack.com/tutorials/ by curiosity. I used the Android app to read the different articles about different ways of "hacking". The author clearly ...
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Is it possible to be a hacker without being a criminal?

I am interested in information security, and I want to be a "hacker." I want to write hacking tools, make viruses, and other stuff... For me, programming botnets are a lot of fun, but how can ...
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Is it possible to avoid “eXecute Disable bit” and “Data Execution Prevention” protections?

I argued with a friend about computer viruses. I mean classic computer viruses, which inject their code into host program and execute before/after/inside host program. Not macro viruses, nor Trojan ...
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Difference between virus and trojan?

To my current understanding: a virus is a program that does not self replicate and relies on the host file being spread, it has malicious intent. A trojan is a program that is run be deceiving the ...
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Is Linux getting less or more secure? [closed]

The famous so-called virus-and-hacker-free Mac is a thing of the past: As it gets more popular it gets more vulnerabilities. Will Linux be the same at some point in time? Is it getting less of more ...
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How to scan large .bin files for malware?

I know about websites like VirusTotal, and programs like herdprotect. I'm using Avira and Superantispyware, but once the large bin files are scanned, usually nothing is found. But after running an ...
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Do you know a harmless exe file that copies itself into a file?

I'm doing a simple project where I read an exe file and if I find a virus that I already know, I erase it from the file. I have to test it with a virus (I'm looking for something harmless) that insert ...
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Most secure way to isolate computer on network

I handle personal client information. Stuff that shouldn't get lost. Because of this, I have had to be careful not to download or install anything that is in any way uncertain. One data stealing virus ...
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Best way to check if your browser is secure

There is a lot of Malware checking software which seems is just a virus. How can you check for sure that your Windows 8 computer is uninfected with virus and malware? Is malwarebytes enough, or ...