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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Are older viruses removed from virus definition files?

Antivirus software receives constant updates in the form of virus definition files, containing the patterns used to identify viruses. It is a feature present on most (if not all) major AV for at least ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why would a virus writer bother to check to see if a machine is infected before infecting it?

I was looking at the tripartite structure of a virus, and it seems to check to see if a computer is infected before infecting it with the virus. Would this be an attempt to use files that are already ...
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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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Can i get 100% protection from virus by using Deep Freeze?

I have recently installed an application called 'Deep Freeze' that works by "freezing" the state of an operating system and working off delta disks. Rebooting deletes the deltas and reverts back to ...
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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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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does the RAT works? I understand it as once we surf the infected website, browser might download the trojan to our PC automatically. Will it executed and auto install in our computer? I can't ...
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Two questions regarding Mixor worm

According to Symantec's write up "it also infects .exe and .scr files in folders containing [RANDOM CHARACTERS].t". What if one of the .exe/.src files is run on the same computer - then all the ...
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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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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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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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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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Virus developers groups [closed]

Are there any groups of virus developers around anymore? Like 29A group and bunch of other groups few years ago. They never released their codes, never used then to steal data etc.
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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 ...
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Would this be plausible for a metamorphic virus? Not repeatedly infecting same system

Would this be plausible for a metamorphic virus? When a new generation (for lack of better word) is created it would hard code a random file name, that would be checked to see if the system was ...
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Is there a real possibility of getting malware by “drive-by”?

I know malware can be gotten by downloading and running stuff, but is there a real possibility of just viewing a webpage or clicking a link and getting one? Assuming using only Firefox / Chrome and ...
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What are the security issues relating to macro enabled MS office documents?

Are there any security issues relating to macro enabled MS office documents?
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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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Find changes and modifications made to system by application or virus,

I would like to use either Hyper-V or Vmware to take a Clean Base snapshot and a snapshot after an application or virus has made changes so I can then see what was changed between the two images. ...
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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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How does malware such as Stuxnet and Flamer propagate through USB memory sticks?

The best explanation I found is from this article but it still is unclear to me. Apparently a new vulnerability has been found involving .lnk files where when a folder on the memory stick containing ...