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

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How Likely Is It For A Virus To Spread From A Linux VM To The Windows Host

I'm currently running Windows 10, and I plan to use a Linux distro to run in a VM (Virtual Box). I know Linux is one of the most secure operating systems there is and I'm curious as to how likely it ...
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Huge virus problem on Acer computer [closed]

Im helping a friend fix a computer, and the problem is(other than the most amount of viruses i have ever seen) that the computer shuts down for no reason. So i found a program called "Snap.do". it is ...
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Strange browsing problem, unknown images

When I open any site, I sometimes see unknown images replacing the original images on the website. They are not ads and can't be clicked. Just random images of people, cartoons etc. When I refresh ...
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Avast Sandbox Waking Computer from Sleep in Windows 10. Avast 2016 premium version

I typed in powercfg /lastwake into cmd and it told me an avast sandbox .exe had woken the computer. I've disabled sandbox and it no longer constantly wakes from sleep - within 30 seconds. I scanned it ...
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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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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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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 it'...
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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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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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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 doesn'...
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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 it'...
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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 ...