A computer virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
1answer
2k views

What happened with badBios [duplicate]

Maybe some of you remember that in November 2013 the respected researcher Dragos Ruiu claimed that he was infected by some super advanced virus that no one ever heard of before. Experts agreed that ...
5
votes
7answers
33k views

Scanning for files than have been encrypted by CryptoLocker

I am just asking in case someone has already done the analysis. A customer has a large set of network drives that were mapped to a CryptoLocker infected machine. The infection itself has been treated. ...
1
vote
2answers
137 views

Help understanding malware infection

I'm kind of a newbie to security and need help fully understanding how I would infect myself inadvertently. Let's say I was to download a .zip file attached to an email and I unzipped the contents. ...
1
vote
3answers
240 views

Malware stole an executable file on my computer? Seems unlikely

If you don't want to read all of the details, skip to the bottom; I'll make a summary. I created a computer program as a proof of concept (I threw it together in 12 hours, so I wrote it in Visual ...
18
votes
7answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
223 views

My computer hacked? tcpdump show a connection to an ALLOCATED UNSPECIFIED ip address

13:06:05.345111 IP 192.168.1.101.36218 > 157.55.130.174.40033: Flags [.], ack 162, win 237, options [nop,nop,TS val 688796 ecr 596714815], length 0 This IP address is Allocated Unspecified on ...
0
votes
1answer
153 views

jRAT virus on Linux

I dumbly downloaded a .jar file that contained jRAT. When run, it stalls, gives a FileNotFoundException, then crashes. When I ls'd, the jar was there. When I cd'd out and back in, the jar was gone. ...
0
votes
1answer
157 views

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 ...
-2
votes
2answers
120 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
454 views

Possible trojan/virus in memory?

I've extracted objects (JPEGs) from processes` memory dumps (obtained with memdump command from volatility framework) and got strange results after searching the memory pages of the main thread of ...
3
votes
2answers
375 views

How can I recover files encrypted by Android ransomware?

My Samsung Galaxy Note II was infected by a virus called the "FBI virus." Fortunately, I've managed to remove the malware but my problem now is that all my files have been encrypted. How can I ...
-4
votes
2answers
144 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Statistics about malware targeting different OS

Are there any reports or statistics that describe the numbers or types of malware attacks on different operating systems, such as Linux, Unix, Windows, MacOS?
1
vote
1answer
77 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
37 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
210 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
320 views

Which Antivirus Software used to remove virus Rootkit.Sirefef.Gen?

My System has affect Rootkit.Sirefef.Gen Virus. So i want to know which antivirus software is used to remove Rootkit.Sirefef.Gen virus file.
0
votes
3answers
671 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
212 views

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.
0
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
15
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
13
votes
3answers
6k views

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?
3
votes
2answers
187 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
135 views

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 ...
-4
votes
2answers
115 views

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.
3
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
504 views

How do I ensure that my computer is 100% worm-free?

Ok say I have a brand new laptop that was is brand new. Is it true to say that as long as I keep the bluetooth turned off, and I am not connected to the internet, and only copy files that are 100% ...
1
vote
2answers
432 views

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 ...
38
votes
7answers
7k views

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, ...
-2
votes
1answer
104 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
172 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
338 views

Are there any logic-bombs that execute when the file is deleted?

I want to delete a suspected malicious file from a server. For the purposes of this question assume that the infected machine is Windows Server 2003 or later. Is there any risk in deleting such a ...
-1
votes
1answer
107 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

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?
-1
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
17
votes
7answers
861 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
275 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
249 views

How serious is a local virus in terms of network security

My colleague got a notification on his machine of a possible virus (through the virus scanner that is installed by default on all machines). He called up the tech department, and they simply told him ...
0
votes
1answer
240 views

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 ...
38
votes
4answers
19k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
88 views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
162 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
303 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
114 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
108 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
-2
votes
3answers
179 views

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 ...