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 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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using multiple Firefox profiles to increase security

I am wondering whether it would increase security in any significant way, if I would use two separate Firefox profiles, one for normal browsing and the other for private/secure websites, such as my ...
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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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Removing malware which is creating temp file and modifying network traffic [duplicate]

I am on OSX 10.9.2, please note I have included several URLs in my post, this is not spam this is due to the nature of the malware. I have just discovered I have malware on my computer after noticing ...
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Am I safe to see a thumbnail of a downloaded images on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have downloaded an image that someone has uploaded to my website with a public upload form. My intention was to copy the file in a virtual machine and see the image from there; unfortunately, on ...
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Extremely suspicious UDP network traffic when idle [closed]

My computer has been using about 7Mbps when idle, it does the same thing even I am playing games and such. This is the Wireshark capture ...
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How a trojan allows attacker to connect to remote computer behind a router

According to this article on Wikipedia, a trojan horse can allow a remote connection by opening a random port if it is able to bypass the firewall. I'm not much of an expert of routers and Network ...
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How to execute an exploit without user interaction?

Is there an existing exploit, virus or malware that doesn't need any user interaction? In metasploit for example. No link to clicked, no pdf to open , no vba or exe to execute by the victim.
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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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How to search for evidence of Camfecting (webcam hacking)?

I'm worried about camfecting (webcam hacking). The camera light on my mac (running OSX) is not on, but it isn't hard wired so that doesn't say a lot. I've ran a virus scan but no signs. Now my idea ...
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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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What does this javascript file do? Is this a virus?

While searching on Google I found a website that shows one set of content to the Google Bot and an other to users (by redirecting to a new domain), and also a very suspicious Javascript file. Maybe ...
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Can Cryptolocker (Or Other Ransomware) Encrypt Files That Are Already Encrypted?

If you have already encrypted files, are they still vulnerable to being encrypted a second time by a program like Cryptolocker, or would this protect them?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...