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VM security, how to access main OS

Is there any way for me to access the main computer if the VM has been infected? Let's say that I am running Debian or ubuntu in a VM and the main computer uses Windows (or other way around just so ...
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Orbit Downloader botnet program removal [solved]

Recently (shortly after midnight on 10/8/2013) I installed and ran Orbit Downloader. After learning that the latest version (4.1.1.8) has a botnet-like module included I immediately stopped the ...
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Using a virtual machine as a buffer between USB media and OS

I was directed here from the Unix & Linux site. I've gone through some of the related questions, but they seem to be more concerned about whether a guest OS can access the host OS in someway. ...
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Random File downloaded

Okay so I was setting up stuff on my new mac earlier, downloading flash and office. They both downloaded and installed smoothly, but after I noticed a weird new file in my 'downloads' folder: ...
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What is “KDV” in antivirus databases?

I scanned a file (virus) on VirusTotal and 3-5 antivirus labelled it as Generic.KDV.549626 Is there any central "KDV" database where all the entries related to a virus are stored?
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Where's the virus in this web site?

I made my friend go to this web site and it immediately infected his machine with malware (AntiVirus SecurityPro). It happened just by going to the front page. It seemed the malware started up, but ...
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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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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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Text changing virus

Can malware change words that I have typed and then saved in the computer'? If so, how likely is this?
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Can a file .exe.part already have caused damage?

If on a Windows machine, an antivirus program has found a Win32:Rootkit in a file ...\Temp\...\xy.exe.part, could the file possibly already have caused damage or not given that it seems to be an ...
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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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Java is running even after it is disabled [closed]

To prevent adds and pop-up that seduce users to install or download viruses I have disabled Java. But I have noticed that even with Java disables Firefox is still running it. The pop-ups are coming ...
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Can malware come in any format?

After reading @Iszi's answer to this question he states Viruses attached in e-mails do not only come in .EXE files. They can be any form of document - PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS, SWF, etc. Are there ...
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Uploading images safe of XSS, php code and virus

I know that my question has been responded lot of times, but most the responses addresses functions that I don't even use (like use include with images) and that makes me worry because maybe I'm not ...
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Scan Source Code for Potential Viruses

If you are sent a program written by someone so that you have the complete source code, how would you go about scanning the source code for any potential viruses/malware? Note: While bugs and ...
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Can I use the same keyboard on both my infected and non-infected computers?

I have a computer which is virus infected. Can I use the same keyboard on both it and a "safe/clean" computer without fear? Keyboards these days seem to come with built in software and thus must ...
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Malware not showing up in virus scan

I have some malware on my computer at work that I'm having a hard time getting rid of. I'm only interning there over the summer, so I'm guessing that it was downloaded by the previous user because I ...
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Windows PE file and Malwares

Trying to understand how and why any virus, malware, worm and code injections are successful after all in a Windows Portable Executable format. I was going through the PE structure documentation, ...
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If a user visited a malicious website a year ago, should we nuke from orbit to be safe?

A Microsoft Security Essentials virus scan just finished on one of our computers and it shows two potential threats in Internet Explorer's temporary internet files: Web page with Black Hole Exploit ...
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Free collection of virus test samples [closed]

You want to check functionality of your antivirus. virussign.com can do that for money. Is there a free virus base?
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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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Site Hacked - Where to go from here? [closed]

Our magento based e-commerce site was hacked over the weekend, the hackers managed to gain access to the magento files and embed some scrambled code into the get.php file in the root directory. I ...
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Do I really need an Anti-Virus software if I'm careful about where I browse?

A friend told to me the following: I don't use Anti-Virus software at all, I am just careful about where I go and what I click on. I've also heard this from other people as I've repaired their ...
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What is the security purpose behind the “enable editing” of MS Word?

Whenever I open MS Word documents from my email, they open in "Protected View" with edit options disabled by default. As per my understanding, the hyperlinks used in the main document would be linked ...
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Malware persistence past a drive wipe? [duplicate]

Are there any known instances of malware persisting past a drive wipe and reinstall, through modified bios, or firmware on one of the machine components?
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Virus affecting MS Office files

(I'm not sure if here is correct place for asking this question) I've come across a strange virus that changed contents of all MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and image formats. It places this ASCII ...
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Malicious Links that Respond to Browsers but not curl or wget

There are some emails with links to people's cracked websites with a malware download Like this kind of email: fake DHL pack station email ... the links often take the form of: http:// ...
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Virus with PGP Encryption Preventing Virus Scan

A user reported having a virus that was causing pop up windows asking for money. When he turned on his laptop and logged into PGP encryption (whole disk) the desktop quickly showed but then a white ...
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Somehow unexpectedly my computer got infected with malware

So I consider myself a pretty conscious computer user. I run Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64bit and I update it. For surfing on the web I use Firefox 20.0.1 - I keep it updated. I also have NoScript and AdBlock ...
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Unable to get rid of Sality on my Dropbox

The story... As a group of rookie security researchers who deal with malwares, viruses etc., me and my team-mates sometimes do commit mistakes in handling the binaries. And so, I ended up infecting ...
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Is it possible to catch a virus on my LAN without clicking on anything?

My unpatched PC running Windows is connected to a network which contains other "infected" computers, can I get infected by viruses without any interaction on my part?
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I found a virus on my USB stick. Now what?

I discovered a file, named autorun.ini on my USB flash drive: [AutoRun] ;FjYfoT ;jpId UagEbddsb PCjo oPEn = efhcnu.exe sheLl\open\DEfault=1 ;utvDpsMqpT dDustbemW XyAy WeywFbvaVA eQnK ...
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Inspecting “tidynetwork” element in chrome to find its origin on my laptop [closed]

Anyone heard of the "TidyNetwork" virus/malware? Is it possible to determine the origin of the ad that is created on web pages by Tidy by inspecting the element using developer tools? I am using ...
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csrss.exe process

I've experienced some odd behavior lately (cookies being cleared in Firefox, forcing me to log in again). Antivirus scans (MS Security Essentials, MalwareBytes) aren't showing anything, but Process ...
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New Undetected Virus?

I am having difficulty with my laptop right now. All of a sudden some partitions would contain a link to the previous contents of that partition. For example: Before: Partition T:\ ...
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Windows “Send to compressed file” creates an image? [closed]

One of my friends windows laptops (which I don't have access to right now) has in the recent past had a virus (where .doc files were converted to .exe files) which we dealt with. Now when she ...
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Windows 2003 Enterprise infected by Conficker; post-infection problems continue

I used various tools to remove Conficker, and I pretty much succeeded, but I've had recurring problems afterward. It won't update anymore (with the following error message: 0x800706B5) I tried ...
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What is the meaning of .ini file in startup folder?

Now my windows 7 is too slow and crashing usually. I checked the start up folder. I get a file with extension .ini. The content of file is [.ShellClassInfo] ...
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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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Site constantly getting infected

I am the webmaster of some websites running Typo3, 2 of which are getting infected constantly. These 2 sites are being owned by the same client. Something happens on those 2 sites that causes ...
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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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I think I downloaded spyware from an ad on tortoise-svn site

The other day in a rush to quickly download and install tortoise svn, I accidentally clicked on a big download button on an ad on their site and installed something that I don't see on my computer. ...
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Brute force a GUI login?

I know I have read somewhere that the reason the UAC prompt in Windows 7 was employed is that viruses that would supposedly execute privileged instructions won't be able to "click" the confirm button ...
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Why some antiviruses detect viruses and some not?

I am curious why some anti-viruses detect viruses and some do not. From what I found online, antiviruses parse the binary files and check the sequence of code which is malicious(exists in virus ...
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How isolated are 2 operating systems on 1 harddisk?

Lets say I have 2 windows dual booting on the same harddrive (windws 7), How isolated are they? I am thinking that there should be up to date antiviruses software on both Windows, and they should be ...
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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 to deal with a person who gets easily fooled by internet and mail scams?

alternative title: How to deal with a person who has gotten paranoid and doesn't want to go online anymore? A person, who has over the years been scammed many times, by bad spam/fraud emails, and ...
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keylogger detection by listening network

It is known that malware often uses keyloggers. Also some viruses aren't detected by antiviruses, therefore some viruses, especially APTs could stay in a system for so long without any detection. What ...
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Safer way to access paypal, Mobile or Pc?

I often find it difficult to chose if it is safer (in any context) to log in to my paypal, or other similar banking accounts using my Nokia or my PC. Maybe, I am assuming the fact, that since I do ...
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Is there any decompiled source code for the “Flame”/“Skywiper” malware?

When searching for the source for Stuxnet, its relatively easy to come by in one form or another. Although I'm actually curious if anyone has done any work to comment the source and perhaps clean up ...