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 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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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 ...
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Where can I find information on existing viruses?

As part of my research, I have created a small malware corpus which I'm conducting my tests against. I would like to categorize them based on Metamorphic / Polymorphic / etc. I am not sure if this is ...
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Dealing with a (possible) virus on both MacOSX and iOS

The symptom: On MacBookAir, in Safari, FF and Chrrome, when accessing www.google.com, I get redirected to a http://developer.yahoo.com/yql/ web page. On iPhone, when navigating to google.com I get ...
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How to tell what viruses are covered by your anti-virus software

One of our corporate twitter accounts recently started sending out DMs to its followers. Looking at the content of these it seems we'd become infected with Troj/Mdrop-EML. All computers on our ...
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Is it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...
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Virus won't be picked up by Antivirus tools

Today we found a virus / trojan on our network which has thus far: Hidden all files and folders Replaced the hidden files and folders with executables of itself, with matching icons, and renamed ...
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How antivirus companies create virus defnitions for new outbreaks

This question quite amazes me. I dont understand how antivirus companies get info about the latest viruses. have they installed some kind of filters to monitor the internet traffic ? Or they are ...
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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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I found a malicious website embedded in Malware spam. What should I do?

An email is using social engineering to get users to click on a malicious URL that downloads javascript and then runs malicious code. Who should I report these malicious URLs to? (Microsoft ...
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what is the difference between boot-sector virus and rootkits?

I have read the definition for both and also read about a few examples for both the cases. I'm still not very sure what the difference is. Is the difference blurred or are there some specific ...
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anti virus acting up/DNS poisoning

I was running my desktop and the AV deleted a file that it said was a virus (this was not during a scan, just normal usage). Now I'm just browsing the web and I got a couple of DNS poisoning attacks ...
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Infection I can't shut down, disguises process as scvhost.exe [closed]

A little while ago my home machine got hit and I was able to clean out just about everything except this one process. I can't find the origin but it shows in my process manager as scvhost.net by the ...
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Where can I find documented details of virus so that I might be able to find out why I am infected?

My AV detected that some computers in our network are infected with Win32.Sality.Y. Is there any good place I can find the documented details of this virus, so that I can (generally) how the virus ...
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Backdoor.ASP.Ace.C keeps showing up and being removed by f-secure

Backdoor.ASP.Ace.C is being found and removed from: C:\Users[username]\AppData\Local\Temp[randomstring] We have recently found some malicious aspx files on our IIS server that we have studied and ...
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Is Buzzdocks a security threat?

A BuzzDock toolbar suddenly appeared in my Chrome browser. I definitely did not install it nor do I remember installing any crapware. It is not unknown to the internet community (Example 1, Example ...
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Safety of opening .txt files via URL

If I'm given a URL that points to a .txt file, is it always safe to open it? Can it possibly contain virus or malicious content?
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How to do a virus scan before post attachments in asp.net application

How to do a virus scan before post attachments in asp.net application,when they find a virus on to give up post attachments,otherwise proceed to upload. I wonder if there are any APIs out there where ...
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Do I have a virus on my hosted site?

A few weeks ago I hired an outsourcer from India to build for me a very simple PHP site. I bought PHP hosting and a domain name, and I gave him all the credentials together with the specification of ...
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How could an AV detect a virus that has a chance of not decrypting itself?

If I understand this correctly there is a chance the virus may not decrypt itself at all. How could an AV catch this? In some cases, the decryptor may start with a header whose intent is not ...
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Why do complex viruses tend to be written in assembly? [closed]

For example Simile is extremely complex and is written in assembly. If something is going to be complicated isn't it best NOT to write it in assembly?
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Are anti-virus companies companies regularly committing software piracy?

As Mikko Hypponen highlighted in a recent tweet, anti-Virus companies collect and store both samples of malicious software and samples of legitimate software: This got me to thinking, what ...
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Malware or buggy software gives Low Disk Space warning

Since a few days, I am getting an alert that in my c drive disk space is low. When I verified, free space in my c drive was decreasing hour by hour and there was a stage when it simply said that 0 mb ...
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How could one avoid virus infection via software updates

Almost all useful software get updated with time. Operating system updates, I "guess", might be less stringently checked by the normal anti-virus programs, since their sources could be considered to ...
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How to practically detect current system net traffic?

I know that some viruses or trojans can install rootkits or bootkits to change system's normal behaviour; AFAIK for example filter queries for running processes or even hide active TCP ports. My ...
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Has any virus attempted to compromise the anti-virus database?

I was using an old version of Norton Anti Virus and the Live Update wouldn't run. The solution was to rename a file. This got me thinking if a virus could replace an anti-virus database with it's own ...
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Cohen's problem

Fred Cohen determined theoritically that viral detetction is an undecidable problem. Can anyone provide an intuitive reasoning for that? Background Fred Cohen experimented with computer viruses ...
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What can I do to make sure my computer isn't infected with FinSpy?

What steps have been taken by common free software OS distributions to protect against it? What can Windows users do? What ways are there to rid a system of it?
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Virus Encoded in Video

So I'm not familiar at all with IT Security, but I'm a bit curious about something. I was watching a TV show and at one point, a virus spreads through an office. They investigate and find out that the ...