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Questions tagged [virus]

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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bodily harm done from hacking, help! [on hold]

Im goingvthrough a divorce. Husband hates me. I have been hacked since my husband and i parted. Im telling you this as i am looking sll over yo find sn answer. I have sustained an actual bodily ...
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badBIOS reflashing

This is not a has-badBIOS-pwn3d-me post, so don't worry about any paranoid rants. Having read a thorough analysis/debunking of the alleged evilware, I certainly understand that the technology badBIOS ...
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Question about virus, where to ask? [duplicate]

This is clearly off topic, but I don't know where to ask. I just downloaded installer.exe from link and installed it, thinking that I am installing forge for minecraft (lost focus, my mistake). It ...
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New Linux virus “watchbog”. What could be the cause? [duplicate]

This question had already been brought up here, but was poorly answered with generic answers, like reinstall everything and no actual solution and cause. So here's my story: There is a new virus out ...
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Are mp3 download sites safe? [closed]

I'm interested in using this service. https://www.mp3juices.cc Is it a legitimate service or is it sketchy? Help.
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Chrome recently randomly downloaded a file (20bytes long) when I clicked on a normal link on reddit(is this a virus) [duplicate]

I clicked on link and chrome randomly downloaded a file and it went to my downloads folder .. I didn't click on it I just deleted it. I started searching for any random like files and came across ...
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.[fileslocker@pm.me] virus [duplicate]

I have one PC (Windows 7) which is attacked presumably by a ransomware (in spite of having regularly updated antivirus viz Net Protector AV). What I could see is this -- In MySQL/bin folder, all files ...
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Check all components for firmware manipulation?

Is there a way to check most flashable components such as Ethernet card, UEFI, Bluetooth & WiFi card, DVD driver, USB port for firmware integrity? Of course I'm not talking about using software ...
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Upload malware to F-Droid repo?

What's the auditing/vetting process like to get an Android app into the F-Droid repository? To ask it another way, what's to stop an evil developer from uploading a backdoored Android app to the F-...
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Double user-agent. Malware?

The place where I work sometime is receiving some alert from the NIPS stating : [1:30918:2] "MALWARE-CNC User-Agent known malicious user agent - User-Agent User-Agent Mozilla" The user-agent in the ...
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I have a process called “watchbog” that is completely hogging my CPU and I don't know what it is [duplicate]

This process that has come out of nowhere is hogging my CPU and I have no clue what it is or how to get rid of it. You can see in the image below what it's doing: What is this process? How can I get ...
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How can I recover my exploited android phone?

I have a Samsung S9 phone that has been exploited by my neighbor, however I am unsure as to how to prove/verify it, how in depth the access is to my phone, or how I can re-secure my phone. It seems ...
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Did I just infect my machine?

I just ran an AVI file that was sent to me, thinking AVIs were safe. turns out it was a windows shortcut with this in the path: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -NoPr -WINd ...
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Can a compressed archive be constructed in a way to extract into system folders?

Using compression utilities, is it possible to create an archive that when extracted, will place certain files in certain areas on a users PC? For example, suppose if I wrote a virus or a malicious ...
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I get an e-mail with *.VBS virus file [closed]

I unwisely opened the file. I was sure that Windows will ask me if I am sure to run this script, but unfortunately, it wasn't. Now I am wondering what that file is exactly doing. Can anyone help? ...
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Potential UEFI malware from Virus Total .rom scan

I dumped my firmware on my Macbook with Darwin Dumper and uploaded the .rom file to Virus Total and it showed a huge amount of bad PE32 images (File detail tab), all of which seem to be detected by ...
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Can my PC get infected by a shared USB drive?

I gave one of my flash drives to a co-worker to share some files. He transferred the files to his computer and gave me back the drive a minute later. Is it possible for my computer to have been ...
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What is “Waiting for eb2.3lift.com…”?

I am using purevpn on Firefox, I have noticed that when I open the browser sometimes it hangs and on the bottom left hand corner it says "Waiting for eb2.3lift.com..." I tried to google this eb2....
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Is Kaspersky Total Security a good choice against malware? [closed]

I've been using Kaspersky Total Security for quite some time even though I'm not an Information Security professional, I heard it was considerably efficient. Yesterday, though, I was navigating ...
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Will a CD automatically get infected when it is inserted?

If my computer has virus and I inserted a CD, will the virus automatically move there?
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Could my computer have downloaded some sort of virus or malware after clicking this button?

I went to the website: katsokos.com, and was shown this page: I stupidly clicked on the verification button and was redirected to the chrome store page for some chrome plugin, as well as the website ...
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prevent Ransomware on CIFS shares mounted on Windows 10

I am using Windows 10 with Defender. I follow all the ground rules when dealing with the internet and staying secure. I work in IS so I'm pretty familiar with the various threat-vectors and do a good ...
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How does a polymorphic virus identify whether it's already infected a file?

If a virus usually recognizes itself via a signature, but the virus changes every time it replicates, how can the virus identify if a file is already infected to avoid re-infecting? It seems like any ...
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Is This a Virus?

i want to ask about a program is it a malware or a program from mozilla? When i turn on my pc it start normally but i see an open program called update.exe and it have a firefox icon on it, when i ...
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Scan for infection of malicious files manually?

I know there are options of free security softwares out there that do good job like malwarebytes, but I really want to learn how to scan for possible threats of malicious files on your pc manually. I ...
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Is it possible to become infected with virus, trojan or malware by browsing the infected sites or running installation .exe?

I am quite paranoid and I am always afraid that when i accidentally open some infected sites it would run scripts that automatically download malwares, viruses and trojans into my pc and run by ...
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Is my network infected? Suspicious messages and devices slowing down

Recently a family friend has been complaining that he has been getting hacked on his home network and that he has been receiving suspicious messages from the attacker. He says that the attacker has ...
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Can a file that has been opened and read still contain a virus?

When I download files I am unsure of from the web I typically download them into Sandboxie to be safe. If I open a downloaded file within the sandbox (a pdf of a book for example) and I open to find ...
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PC Isolation on network

I believe I have my answer but I just want to be sure. Basically I repair computers, most of unknown origins. Of course some could have viruses and such so I was wondering what the most efficient way ...
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Why dont anti-viruses detect encrypted viruses in decryption?

Some viruses are encrypted so that the anti-virus cant identify them, but what i dont understand is, why wouldnt the anti-virus doesnt detect them, considering they have to decrypt themselves before ...
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How to find what files in a zip are malware using Virustotal

I have a malware infected android phone and I am suspicious that some of the binaries in system/bin/ and system/xbin/ are malware so I decided to dump the system and zipped the contents of bin and ...
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Anatomy of a very creative .txt virus/trojan. How does it work?

So I downloaded a PDF which is password protected. Inside the same folder there are the following apparently harmless files: As you can see, they are both .txt files, right? Pretty harmless.. ...
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Why can't you and how to take a picture from infected computer?

Let's say I know that there is a computer than is heavily infested with viruses (but I do not know which kind of viruses) and needs to be nuked from orbit. And on that computer is a very important ...
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What do you search for in Open Source code to be sure there isn't malicious code?

I realize the answers will be language specific, but I am curious what terms you would look for when checking something out on Github? I was looking for a remote administration tool that I could use ...
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How to handle the virus on my router?

I believe my router is infected with a virus. If it is, it has been infected for a large period of time (perhaps a year or more). Though, I only started to consider it being a virus around a week ago. ...
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Virustotal detecting threats in Suricata rule set

Virustotal scans are detecting threats from the Suricata default rule pack located https://rules.emergingthreats.net/open/suricata-4.0/ Is this a false positive? https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/...
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Read Write Execute on infected thumb drives

There is some debate going on among my peers. With differing opinions regarding risk on infected thumb drive with limiting policies set on it. Question is Can you still get an infection with read ...
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Can I get malicious malware in my computer or any kinds of virus by registering through Google/Facebook to a specifc site?

Lately, there is a start up company in Israel called Initiative Q and currently it gives out coins (that are similar to bitcoin but they don't run on Blockchain technology) in order to advertise their ...
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How to act on company-wide malware infestation

A colleague left and I have been entrusted with the security of the company. Checking an initial status I found that the machines are infested with viruses and there are multiple port scans and brute ...
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Getting a M2IzYzlm.exe in task manager [duplicate]

Getting a M2IzYzlm.exe in task manager, It pops up after a certain interval of time and switches off my wifi, when I right clicked and tried to locate it, it shows a folder with a weird name inside ...
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Should I continue using this (potentially dangerous) website?

As a part of my project I had to scrape some motivational pictures, so I considered using the gallery section of the website, "Quotes Cover" - "https://quotescover.com/category/quotes-gallery". ...
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Is this a virus or what? DECRYPT_INFORMATION

On my computer there are lots of html files with titles DECRYPT_INFORMATION. I have scanned them with AVG and it says they are no threat but I am suspicious. I don't know html so when I open them on ...
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Need to infect a computer for testing - how do? [duplicate]

I'm trying to infect a laptop with malware for testing purposes and I just can't seem to do it. I've been searching for .exes that will just RUN and I can't find anything straight forward. Looking at ...
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VirusTotal: Download URL is clean, but downloaded/reuploaded file is infected

If I scan a file download URL in VirusTotal and it's clean, but then download that same file and then reupload it to VirusTotal for scanning and it finds infections, why would that be the case? The ...
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Was Goggle.com actually crazy malware in 2006?

McAfee version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3atmWmWCwlw “Spyware Rubbernecking” WebRoot version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6D-GSdLtNo “The effects of typosquatting”. This video shows how ...
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Feasibility of infecting notebook BIOS with virus?

I bought my computer in 2011. From 2011 to 2015 the computer was accessible to a cousin of mine who is a developer. He doesn't work with IT security, but has more than a decade of experience ...
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How (and where) to report a web site distribute a program with a virus?

I came across this free video converter program for Windows called Any video converter and installed it, my antivirus program immediately found a virus within it (Win32:Evo-gen). How and where can I ...
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(WMI Infections) Suspect behavior from scrcons.exe detected?

In almost every five minutes, I come out of the AVG avg stop downloading files and do not know which program wants to download these files. I have read this before WMI Infections So, i opened this ...
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Firefox accuses of malware, but virustotal have 0 matches

I sometimes download PDFs on libgen and sometimes Firefox will acuse them of being malware with the advice "this file contains virus or malware" but gives no details. I've run several of these files ...
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While installing Go programming language trace.exe detected as virus by KAV

When I tried to install Go programming language, Kaspersky AV in my system detected a path to file: C:\Go\pkg\tool\windows_amd64\trace.exe as suspicious one and triggered a virus alert. my doubt is ...