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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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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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...
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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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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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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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What malicious things can happen when clicking on links in email?

I've received a spam from one of my friends (well I'm sure he didn't send it). so there's this link, and i'd thought what exactly would be the implications of clicking the link (i've not clicked it ...
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What steps can I take to identify what type of compromise of my computer has occured

I got involved in a strange scenario today :-) . Some 'UDPAgent.exe' file/worm/virus was trying to access my collegue's system and the antivirum program was showing that this particular thing is ...
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Where can I find some “real time” discussion forums for security issues? [closed]

The place where I work was hit by the new Qakbot variant (3rd generation) a couple of days ago and it has been brutal. Unfortunately a lot of the documentation out there is from the 1st iteration of ...
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Can anyone give me more info on this sketchy url I recently visited, is it an attack site?

My girlfriend was browsing images on google when suddenly her browser redirected to this url: defender-iies.co.cc/scan3/167 The site seemed to be posing as an anti virus, saying your computer is at ...
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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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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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Some good resources on viruses/worms?

I am searching good info on sophisticated viruses/worms. One example would be STUXNET and the very good analysis made by folks from Symantec. Any ideas?
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Malware nomenclature

If there a generally agreed upon naming convention for types of malware/virus? For example, are there agreed upon terms for virus, trojan, worm and the like? If one exists could someone explain it or ...
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What is the corrupted image vulnerability? How does it work?

What exactly happens when someone injects malicious binary code into an image file (on Windows)? How is that done?
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How does a crypter for bypassing antivirus detection work?

I am talking about crypters used to encrypt files like viruses and keyloggers for the sole purpose of bypassing antivirus detection. How do they work?
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Recently had a virus, can I use backed up files on clean system?

I had to reinstall my OS (windows) recently due to a virus. I backed up my source files onto a flash drive. How can I get to those files without problems? I know flash drives can have nasty things in ...