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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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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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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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 ...
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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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At what point does a piece of code become a virus and at what point does this become illegal? [closed]

I read a lot about viruses being illegal, but at what point does a piece of code become a virus and become illegal? Information enters and leaves our computers on a daily basis and often times some ...
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My website redirects to an unknown website [closed]

I coded my own website and uploaded to a host. Some days ago I realised that in specific page suddenly redirects to an unknown websites, until 3-4 redirects. The redirects are: mywebsite.com/smth-> ...
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Virus scanner on server

I see lots of people claim virus scanners are unnecessary on a linux server. But if this server accepts files uploaded from users (and lets others download them), does it become worth it to scan the ...
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How would I know if my Apple Mac has a virus, and what can I do if I have? [closed]

I have used PCs for most of my life, and I am very aware of the fact that they can catch a variety of viruses. I have owned a MAC now for two years, and have enjoyed a pleasant (perhaps too pleasant) ...
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Firewall says that a program that I'm developing is trying to connect to the Internet

I'm seriously confused about this, since the program is entirely developed by myself and has no means/functionality to connect to any network/the internet whatsoever. I'm a software engineer but not ...
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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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Why would a virus writer bother to check to see if a machine is infected before infecting it?

I was looking at the tripartite structure of a virus, and it seems to check to see if a computer is infected before infecting it with the virus. Would this be an attempt to use files that are already ...
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Clamav can't detect encoded virus files

I have a PHP sheller file (like c99 file) but it's Encoded ( with this functions: eval(gzinflate(base64_decode("7P3rehblahblah)) ) and the clamav virus scan can't detect it. How i can detect virus ...
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Self-Executing Files

I've always been curious about understanding how virus carry out their activities. For that reason, I've read a lot of books and articles about different types of viruses and the way they operate in a ...
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Is there a way to be 100% sure that your computer is clean of viruses?

If your computer has been hacked or infected, is there a way of cleaning your computer and have 100% sure that it's clean? I heard that you can safely clean your hard-drive with completely wiping ...
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Unknown Website Linking to my Local Files?

I recently discovered a website that I am in no way affiliated with linking to the files of my local website stored on an external hard drive. This unknown website is actually executing the scripts, ...
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Is there a point in restoring from backups if you don't know where the virus came from?

It's been happening more and more frequently I get viruses with no idea where they come from. I have recent backups, but I don't know if there's a point in restoring since I would just install the ...
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What kind of virus attack is this? And what do I do now?

I have just inherited a running wordpress installation from another agency and the theme (twentyeleven) they are using for my client has been corrupted. This is what most of the theme's php files ...
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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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Viable way to ruin a milk corporation? [closed]

Hack into their system and change the "Sell by" date so that it is immediately bad. How long do you think until they notice, if you pull it off?
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Could once infected machine be ever trusted again?

I'm just about to switch to a new SSD drive, so I figured it's a good occasion for a really, really fresh start. I reconsidered every installed piece of software, uninstalled lots of crap ...
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Examples of images causing buffer overflows? [closed]

I remember reading a news article of an incident where a hacker was able to use an image to infect thousands (maybe millions?) of computers. Can anyone provide links to such news articles? I couldn't ...
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Problem with qgankgyefx..vbe virus

I am not sure if I am in right forum. But i am having problem with this virus. On affected computer, If we use a USB drive, all the file become hidden. I am using HFV.exe for retrieve all data in ...
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Self-changing javascript characters in text editors

On Windows Server 2008-R2, certain javascript files are exhibiting the same behavior. Text can be copied from other files and pasted into new ones. In both NotePad++ and Windows' default notepad, ...
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How can I prevent viruses/malware from infecting my flash drive?

I've a pen drive that I carry to the college lab . It seems all the systems in lab is infected. I need to be able to write to the drive, so I can't simply write protect it. Everytime I insert a ...
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Detecting Malware in the android App [closed]

I've been given an APK file, and before re-distributing to the "market" I want to make sure the given android app does not contain the malware. How can I do that ? Business use case is similar like : ...
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Photo Attachment's Feature For Some Mail Servers [duplicate]

You already know google started new service which is related to gmail. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/attachments-in-gmail-now-with-power-of.html When we send new mail to friends.If it ...
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Is Teredo in my router a back door?

I use the school computer, which I bought from school, administered by the IT-department. I opened a port to my computer when I stumbled upon this: It points to my computer IP. (I have a static IP ...