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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How do professional hackers to test their own malwares/viruses without harming their own computer?

Yesterday I started some hacking tutorials on http://xeushack.com/tutorials/ by curiosity. I used the Android app to read the different articles about different ways of "hacking". The author clearly ...
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Is it possible to be a hacker without being a criminal?

I am interested in information security, and I want to be a "hacker." I want to write hacking tools, make viruses, and other stuff... For me, programming botnets are a lot of fun, but how can ...
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Is it possible to avoid “eXecute Disable bit” and “Data Execution Prevention” protections?

I argued with a friend about computer viruses. I mean classic computer viruses, which inject their code into host program and execute before/after/inside host program. Not macro viruses, nor Trojan ...
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Difference between virus and trojan?

To my current understanding: a virus is a program that does not self replicate and relies on the host file being spread, it has malicious intent. A trojan is a program that is run be deceiving the ...
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Is Linux getting less or more secure? [closed]

The famous so-called virus-and-hacker-free Mac is a thing of the past: As it gets more popular it gets more vulnerabilities. Will Linux be the same at some point in time? Is it getting less of more ...
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How to scan large .bin files for malware?

I know about websites like VirusTotal, and programs like herdprotect. I'm using Avira and Superantispyware, but once the large bin files are scanned, usually nothing is found. But after running an ...
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Do you know a harmless exe file that copies itself into a file?

I'm doing a simple project where I read an exe file and if I find a virus that I already know, I erase it from the file. I have to test it with a virus (I'm looking for something harmless) that insert ...
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Most secure way to isolate computer on network

I handle personal client information. Stuff that shouldn't get lost. Because of this, I have had to be careful not to download or install anything that is in any way uncertain. One data stealing virus ...
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Best way to check if your browser is secure

There is a lot of Malware checking software which seems is just a virus. How can you check for sure that your Windows 8 computer is uninfected with virus and malware? Is malwarebytes enough, or ...
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Does Android have sufficient app sandboxing?

In a previous question in InfoSec, I asked about how to determine the safety of a sideloaded Android app that requires root permissions. Now I would like to ask a related, but different question: Is ...
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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 Antivirus scan office and PDF file types?

I know antivirus software (like Kaspersky) can scan executable files for viruses, but can they scan office documents and PDF files for viruses?
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How can USB sticks be dangerous?

We all know the story of the USB drive left outside a power plant which was found by a worker and inserted into a computer to see the contents which then allowed a hack to ensue. Here is my question, ...
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Why should I add a certificate to “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”?

I want to use a programm, which lets me modify touchpad gestures. http://www.multiswipe.com/faq But I need to add their certificate ( see in FAQ [ How to install MultiSwipe? ] ) to make it work. ...
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What vulnerability is this malicious document attempting to exploit

CLARIFICATION: I changed the title as people were interpreting this as a request to help understand the code. I explain what the code is doing below (critiques on this analysis are welcome.) I am ...
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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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About browsers injectors (Sonic Train)

I know that viruses use some ways to inject some ADs in the browsers web pages like : 1-Inject an extension 2-Inject some codes to the browser process 3-With a proxy server 4-Install an injected ...
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Can any dangerous file(Virus, Trojan, Malware, etc) cause harm inside a zip or rar?

I am using Windows 8.1 pro with Mozilla Thunderbird for my email requirements. I have my Thunderbird set to auto download all email attachments, however upon runnning a Virus scan I am seeing many ...
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Suspicious JavaScript in website header

I am not sure if this is the correct place to ask a questions such as this, apologies if it isn't. I have found the below code in the header of one of my wordPress websites, I am pretty sure it is ...
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How can one execute code upon entry of folder in Windows?

Theoretical question, I'm just interested in how could this be done. I remember I had a virus on Windows7/8 (can't quite remember which one tho) which made Windows BSOD upon entry of a folder which ...
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Techniques exclusive to my malicious version of my own benign program?

Do any special techniques become available to me when writing the malicious version of a program, when I myself am also the person programming the legitimate program? (Any measure I could take with ...
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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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Is it possible to infect an e-mail by accident?

Sometimes, my friends send me e-mails. I know that they don't care that much about computer security (while I care). I know that they don't know how to create an infected e-mail (no reason for doing ...
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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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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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Prevent CryptoLocker on Server

A quick question, which may have a not-so-quick answer - Are there any ways to prevent files associated with CryptoLocker, to be propagated to a data server, by means of a back up? We use Cobian as ...
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Is disabling auto-run enough to protect against malicious code from removable media automatically infecting a machine?

If I block auto-run on a windows machine, is this enough to protect it from malicious code (assuming I don't run any files manually)? Or are there known vulnerabilities that may cause infection?
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I have a virus in my USB drive. I haven't inserted it on my PC yet. How should I proceed?

I plugged the USB drive on a public computer at my university and all the files became .exe Is there a way to clean it without risking that it will copy the virus as soon as I insert the thing?
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Can my mouse have virus and infect other machines?

This is my mouse. I used it with my old computer which was full of viruses. If I use this mouse for my new PC, can my new computer be infected from my mouse?
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Media players (vlc, spotify and windows media player) don't work after a virus attack [closed]

I just got attacked by a couple of viruses while my laptop was completely unprotected. I installed the necessary programs and tried to get most of the symptoms to go away. I also think I deleted most ...
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PHP mallware attack [duplicate]

I'm desprate because my site has been attacked by some malware that adds code below on every php files. I tried to edit and chmod the infected file but its coming back. Scanning with ClamAV found ...
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Pendrive rootkited?

I need some help here. I have an infected pendrive (unknown virus), what this virus is doing is just move my files to a hidden folder (.Trashes) and make links to those files (Actually the links ...
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How is a worm different from a virus?

In spite of various online articles, I'm a bit unclear on the distinction between a "worm" and a "virus". Two related questions-- Is there a useful and clear distinction here or no? If so, what is ...
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Virus that scans hard drive for utility bill + ID? [closed]

Is it possible a virus or malware could scan a hard drive to find ID documents etc and upload them? Randomly some old files were re-uploaded to Dropbox without any updates to them or modifications. ...
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Many suspicious requests are going from my browser whenever open any site

Whenever I open any site there are so many suspicious request are shown in my network panel of browser. I scan my system with many antiviruses too, but still facing the same issue. And sometimes I ...
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Possible sources of repeated Adware infections

In the last couple of months I have had the same thing happen on separate occasions to two Android phones, a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop computer. In all cases, something infects Chrome making ...
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Is it safe to keep a virus' binary code on your local machine?

Is it safe to keep a file containing the virus (binary?) code on your local machine without executing it? I am testing my application against malicious file uploads and and wondering if it's safe to ...
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what is the most secure hash for virus definition databases in 2015?

I have been told, if I wanted to create virus signatures from infected files to use for detection in the future, I should be careful as some of them are prone to collision attacks?
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My IP address switched suddenly and then switched back

Sometimes I look at the login history of my blog account (a Tumblr blog) to make sure no one else is logging in (because I have private posts that I want to keep private). Even though today I ...
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How do you know if the bios has been compromised?

To secure my PC I have setup a BIOS password, preventing any access from a live-cd. Recently I've noticed that when the BIOS asks for my password, I just have to press Enter to boot. It doesn't work ...
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Command & Control Server List [duplicate]

I recently got an email from my ISP saying that they'd detected traffic to a known Command & Control server from my home. Boo. I'm sure this probably means one of our computers has some awful ...
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What's with the Facebook malware which posts obscene posts in all the groups? [closed]

How to get rid of the Facebook malware which sends pornographic posts in all the groups you belong to? I always made fun of people who became victim of this malware/virus saying they are not cautious ...
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Does CryptoWall needs a internet connection to encrypt my files?

Does CryptoWall 3.0 use some resource on the internet to encrypt my files? I watched this video on YouTube - in this video a tool is used to sniff network traffic and find information about ...
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Is it appropriate to block a sender's email address

This morning I received a mail from Apple suspension UK <do_not_reply@apple.co.uk> with the subject Apple "Unauthorised transaction alert". The mail was sent to one of my company's distribution ...
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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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Undetected virus

My PC has contracted a virus. I noticed weird behaviour from my PC, and investigated the matter. I still don't know how I got infected, but the result is someone having administrator access on my PC ...
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OS X terminal starts from other device (got rooted?)

I've recently noticed that my terminal starts with something like "android... " even though I don't have any android device. Furthermore I noticed that my macbook only starts with "android..." when ...
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Viruses on video cards?

Steve Gibson of Security Now fame claims that viruses can attack a video card and infect it. I assume that he means it can infect the Video BIOS. However I'm skeptical. BIOSes are so numerous 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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Can malicious code trigger without the user executing or opening the file?

If a file is downloaded from the Internet, and saved on disk, but is not opened by a user (if we keep autorun off), are there any chances that malicious code (e.g. a virus) in the file could trigger? ...