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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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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How does a crypter for bypassing antivirus detection work?

I am talking about crypters used to encrypt files like viruses and keyloggers for the sole purpose of bypassing antivirus detection. How do they work?
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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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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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Finding a specific malware sample for malware analysis purposes

I wish to analyze the changes made by a specific virus. For example, Win32.Sality. Where can I get the sample of this, or other similar, malware for testing?
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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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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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Advice on what to do after being hacked?

After running a system scan earlier today, I found that my computer had been infected by a trojan horse. My reason for running the scan was because Windows kept shutting down and then recovering. ...
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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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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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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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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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How does a trojan like Trojan:JS/BlacoleRef.BV infect a website?

Today I find out my website is infected with Trojan:JS/BlacoleRef.BV. The server is a shared server from a hosting company. How does a trojan like this get on the webserver?
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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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Security issues with allowing Dropbox installations on client PC's in our organisation

Does anyone know if there is any good reasons not to allow Dropbox installations on our client PC's? All the PC's have antivirus installed and running. I know it is an additional attack vector to ...
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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...
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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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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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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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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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Where does mutation engine resides in Metamorphic \polymorphic viruses?

I was reading about Metamorphic & polymorphic viruses .. to what i understood ; they both uses mutation engines to avoid detection by anti-viruses, as the polymorphic encrypts\decrypts its code ...
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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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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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Process authentication for Linux

Is there any possibility to authenticate a running process in Linux to be sure that this is the original/right one? I know that an Linux operating system is only that secure like the way you use it. ...
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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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How does the predator network prevent outside control by an attacker?

I read several articles saying some of the command and control fleet for the US robotic attack planes may have been infected with a virus. Does this command and control system communicate with the ...
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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 ...
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A couple of redirects after clicking in a link, what are they after?

I got an mass email from an friend containing only this link (made not clicable on purpose): http://www.casadelapiedra.com/components/com_content/id876757355.php I imagine she is got some kind of ...
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How hard it would be to infect a system with malware through a portable web browser

If I use a portable web browser on a USB device like Google Chrome Portable how hard it would be to get infected by a malware/virus in the system to which the USB device is connected? Google Chrome ...
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How is it possible that a virus can infect the system if the browser is started with non-admin rights

If I open my web browser (for example firefox) in Windows 7 with activated UAC as normal user (non admin) a virus - which uses a security leak in my browser - will only gets privileges of the normal ...
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Detection and analysis of unknown malware

Suppose I have a binary which is suspicious. How can I determine whether it is malicious, and if it is, reverse-engineer how it works and what it does? For example, maybe using static analysis? Are ...
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Detecting malware hidden in P2P traffic

Consider a network situation involving (only) Peer to Peer traffic in medium sized network. For the sake of convenience, a simple P2P application like DC++ may be assumed, although I am aiming at a ...
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How does window.w3ssss hack occur

Recently a .Net MVC 2 application on our server was infected with a virus / hack, it added some Javascript to the index.aspx pages of the site. While we have cleaned it up, I have not been able to ...
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How can a novice find proof of a system compromise?

I am almost certain a colleague has installed a keylogger on my system. I am totally new to IT security, but have substantial linux / windows / programming experience. The system I believe is ...
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Is possible to know if increased marketshare means more viruses?

I'm having an argument with other developers about why more "viruses" exist (including all forms of external attacks, exploits, etc) in Android vs iOS. Like with Windows vs *nix, the main idea is that ...
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is there any program that can tell me which files have been transferred from my computer thru the web

Is there a program that can tell me which files have been transferred from my computer thru the web? So if I have virus on my computer that transfer files I will know about it according to the files ...
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What is preventing the widespread common use of MAC-type systems?

Overall question what is preventing the uptake of MAC systems such as SELinux/AppArmor in corporate and desktop computing environments? Why don't you think it isn't already widespread? I do not ...
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Potential services.exe infected file?

I was asked by a coworker to help solve a problem with a remote client site through VNC. Immediately after connecting I've started noticing some strange behaviors that I am lead more and more to ...
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How can I know if my PC is getting infected?

I have installed an antivirus, but as no antivirus is perfect, what can I do to diagnose if my PC is getting infected? For example, keeping a close eye on what programs and tasks run when I turn my ...