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"Against stupidity, the Gods themselves fight in vain."

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Feb
14
comment Why are hash functions one way? If I know the algorithm, why can't I calculate the input from it?
Agreed. But the question is asking "why can't it just reverse the process to calculate the password from the hash", not "how can I match the hash even if don't know the password".
Jul
13
comment Why do malware creators use such clever technologies for such silly purposes?
Sure. But mine was just an example, there are many more useful things a malware could do than displaying ads... which is also the worst thing it can do as long as "going unnoticed" is concerned.
Jul
13
comment Why do malware creators use such clever technologies for such silly purposes?
I think you misunderstood my question. It was more along the lines of "why do they make the presence of malware obvious by showing ads when they could just have it sit there and steal your credit card number unnoticed?".
Jul
13
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
@Rory: this is making me wonder enough to open a different question; see here: security.stackexchange.com/questions/5244/….
Jul
13
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
They are becoming increasingly cleaver, aren't they? :-/ Wonder why they keep using these things only for adware... such a rootkit would have gone undetected forever if it wasn't for those search hijacking and iexplore.exe background processes.
Jul
13
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
Agreed that I should have saved evidence for analysis; I was a bit concerned about removing the infection, though... and, anyway, besides the boot sector, I still can't find (manually or through scanners) any offending file.
Jul
13
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
If I can actually find an executable, I'll do this for sure. This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for, by the way.
Jul
13
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
Already tried ESET and Malware Bytes, no results. Looks like it actually was a rootkit, so I'll probably have to try again all tools now that it's disabled...
Jul
13
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
I don't have any file to submit... it was quite hard to find any trace of it; I managed to disable it by restoring the boot sector to a clean state, but I still have no idea of where the actual malware files are. I totally agree with the clean install, though (will be done ASAP).
Jul
12
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
Good guess, made it myself too :-) But that's one of the "highly specific malware detection tools" that found nothing.
Jul
12
comment Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?
First time on this site, if you think this question is more appropriate for ServerFault or (ehm) SuperUser, feel free to say it. I'm of course interested in removing the thing, but I'm also very concerned about a potential new and powerful malware.