Software for protecting against, detecting, and removing viruses, malware, and other potential threats to a computer system.

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Can't Turn on Windows Defender - Error code 8050800d

My friend using an HP pavilion G, running Win7 64 bit version. Recently had to restore to factory defaults, due to unstable operating environment. Reinstalled all updates, to date. Using Windows ...
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McAfee: Stock software distributed by SONY with Windows 7. Do I need to register this software or not? What happens if I do/don't register it?

My Sony VAIO Windows 7 system came with a copy of McAfee installed, but I never registered it. What puzzles me is, yes, I know it's out of date now, but the software still runs and protects me from ...
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Multiple explorer.exe processes consuming large amounts of memory

I'm pretty sure my laptop has been infected with a virus but I can't identify it or remove it. Symptoms: Multiple explorer.exe processes being spawned some consuming lots of memory When I launch ...
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Symantec Endpoint Protection fails to install due to error 1603

I am trying to install Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12 on Windows 7 64 bit, and during the installation it keeps failing and rolling back. I checked the log file, and the error code I'm ...
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Is there a software that can perform recorded user actions at a later date?

Is there a software that is able to record and perform the actions (clicks, entering of text, etc) that can be replayed at a later date. For example, I often place downloaded software into the same ...
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Installing Antivirus on Hyper-V Guest and Host Systems [duplicate]

I have one physical server which runs two Hyper-V Servers. One is for SQL Server and the other is Domain Controller. I want to install Antivirus on these servers with exclusions added. Is it ...
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Fix 0xC0000005 application crash error?

Almost all my installed programs (Firefox, skype, other 3rd party programs, ...) crash. They all assigned with EventID:1000 and Exception code: 0xc0000005. I have tried to change the memory but ...
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Virus causing multiple explorer.exe instances using high memory [duplicate]

To begin, yes, there are similar questions out there, even on this site. However, none of them seem to off a solution outside of format the computer. Story time! (Or the background to this whole ...
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Does changing or removing file extension trick antivirus software?

I have little experience of antivirus software. I wish someone help me with common antivirus behaviors. For example, I have an EXE or PDF file containing virus. Does removing the .exe/.pdf or ...
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McAfee for Linux

I have a set of 20 Windows PC's running in VLAN and I'm planning to implement McAfee On-Demand scan. I will update .DAT and run Full scan on each PC. I also have one PC running Linux. I'm planning to ...
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Mac OS X: which folders should ClamXav Sentry watch?

I'm using ClamXav on my Mac. I've read this, and I am aware of the whole Macs-need-no-AV-but-they-do-anyway discussion. I guess that's why I would feel like a real jerk if I somehow managed to ...
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Eset antivirus cannot clean the MBR infected virus W32.Sality

I'm using Eset Nod 32 antivirus, Windows 8.1 64 bit, today I meet w32.Sality virus from an USB drive, it look like the virus affected the MBR (Master boot record), all the antivirus I have detected ...
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How to use update file for McAfee?

My organization has a huge LAN and my team has a VLAN. VLAN consist of 15 PC's. None of the VLAN PC could see outside world. This was designed to isolate those PC's. Each PC on VLAN has McAfee ...
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How to prevent viruses to hide files automatically in Windows XP?

Well, I've read the similar questions and did not find what I need. I use ESET Smart security and I've scanned the computer twice but still "Do not show hidden files and folders" is controlled by the ...
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Force Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection 11?

Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 blue-screen-of-deathed my computer. I was unable remove S.E.P. (Symantec Endpoint Protection) while booted in safe mode so I simply disabled all related services, and ...
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Windows Defender won't start on Windows 8.1

I'm currently using Malwarebytes Pro but want to have Windows Defender on as well since MAMB isn't really an antivirus. They're supposed to be compatible but for some reason I can't turn on Windows ...
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How can I remove the `qbqjralptr..vbs` worm? [duplicate]

I'm trying to remove a virus from my friend's PC. The virus is called qbqjralptr..vbs & I found it's a worm specified like USB – Dinihou – Houdini Worm.VBScript It seemed easy to remove but I ...
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Is this virus threat fake or is Waterfox infected?

Avast keeps popping up this notification: I did a full system scan and it didn't find anything. What should I do? Get a different antivirus? When I click on "more details" it takes me to this Avast ...
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Norton Antivirus Contstant Reboot Requests

Running Norton AntiVirus v16.7.2.11 on MS Windows XP SP3 (all updates). On log in, Norton continually displays the following message: ...
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Virus Definitions Database Download Link For Symantec Endpoint Protection? [closed]

Where can I download the virus definitions database file for Symantec Endpoint Protection, so that I can perform an offline import-and-update?
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The Windows Product Key Deleted After Uninstalling Norton (From Xfinity)?

I have just uninstalled the free Norton antivirus package from Xfinity, and replaced it with McAfee Security Center from AT&T, due to changing internet providers. When I restarted Windows 7 SP1, ...
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Norton 360 Won't Run After Using Norton Power Eraser?

I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7, ran Norton Power Eraser, instructions said Norton 360 would be up again after a computer restart, but Norton 360 didn't come back up. How do I get Norton 360 ...
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Chrome Downloads Virus Scan Failed

Chrome just recently updated (Version 24.0.1312.57) and I can't download files no more. I think the latter is the result of the former. Internet Explorer (8) has no problems. OS: Windows XP SP 3. ...
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What Object Name should be used while adding to exclusion list in Kaspersky Internet Security 15?

I have an experimental file which is detected as malware by my KIS 15. So I need to add that file to exclusion list, but don't know what object name to use here: Any guide is welcome. I visited ...
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How do I attach a virus to any file for an antivirus project?

I am making an Antivirus Project. It shall scan the files for any attached infection, but I don't know how does this work. So I firstly wanted to know, how does one attach any malicious executable ...
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How to know what kind of malware infected the PC?

I downloaded a software from cnet, and cnet downloader installed malicious software. I removed them using the add or remove program but the malware are still there, some toolbar, and some backup ...
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Keyboard and Gamepad Controllers 'Ghosts'

I have a mediatech keyboard and some cheap gamepad controllers but two weeks ago I noticed that random keys on the keyboard are being pressed 'not by me' and immediately sleeps . After one week, I ...
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Browsing not working in Windows 8

I'm using Windows 8 Professional installed on Windows 7 using the "Save my preferences and apps" installation option. The Windows works great, apps are downloading and I can listen to online radio ...
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Fastest Anti-Virus for gaming [closed]

I am a gamer who used to use Norton 360 but realized that it uses a lot of resources. I am looking for something more lightweight. I was wondering whether to use Kapersky or bitdefender. My main ...
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Localhost connecting to self on port 1111. Virus or ok?

When I run netstat -a on Windows 8.1 I am seeing a number of connections from 127.0.0.1: ports around 50000 connecting to My PC name (DadsPC) on port 1111. A portion are listed below. Is this normal? ...
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Antivirus scanner that actually scans files when run manually instead of taking over your computer and feeding on it [closed]

In the old days, antivirus programs were actually programs which you had to run and point to a disk or a file that needed to be scanned. They did their thing, and reported if the file is infected. Is ...
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My friend fell for a tech support scam. I formatted her computer. What should I do now?

My friend received a call from a person claiming to be a Microsoft tech support representative. This person claimed her laptop was infected with malware and compromised by hackers. He proceeded to ...
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Why is it bad to have two anti-virus systems?

Why is it bad to have two anti-virus systems? It could be useful to get better detection rates. In the second post from the top of the page Stranger claims it's not bad to use two antiviruses as long ...
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Rock-solid hardening of a Windows 7 system?

I am historically a Linux guy, and only use Windows when I absolutely have to via VM. However, I recently purchased a new rig so that I can keep a dedicated Windows 7 machine up for hard work ...
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How to safely connect a Windows machine that CAN'T have anti-virus (due to real time demands) to the internet via a Windows machine that is protected?

I have a Windows-based machine that cannot have anti-virus installed due to the performance impact that would have on the machine's role as the controller in a live radio studio mixing console. This ...
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How to get a free full anti malware coverage on windows? [closed]

There are many specialized anti malware applications, namely: Anti-virus Anti-spyware Anti-malware Anti-rootkit And so on. What combination of free Windows tools would protect me from any sort of ...
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What's the difference between “anti-virus”, “anti-malware” and “anti-spyware” tools?

Many products (such as Norton or McAfee) advertise as "anti-virus" tools or suites, while others advertise as "anti-malware" (like Malwarebytes), and even more as "anti-spyware" (Spybot S&D). Are ...
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Is it bad for the computer to have an anti-spyware and a separate anti-virus at the same time?

It is said that having two anti-virus software is bad for one's computer. But, I want to know if it is also bad to have an anti-spyware and a separate anti-virus at the same time. Should I just use ...
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Unable to copy files previously extracted from archives created on a Mac, even after claiming ownership

I reinstalled Windows on my computer today, and backed up my music to a USB drive. Now, I'm trying to copy the files onto my fresh Windows partition, but I'm unable to copy files that I obtained ...
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BitDefender could not delete suspicious files

I Logged-in with an Administrator user. When I scan my Transcend flash memory with my BitDefender Anti-virus, It find 36 virus : As you see above, I click on Delete Files and then I click on ...
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Is it necessary to exclude “both” symbolic linked folders in antivirus?

I'm trying to exclude a folder from antivirus scanning, and I'm wondering if it's necessary to tell the antivirus (MSE) to exclude both "folders" in order to truly exclude the actual folder? For ...
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Why this C++ program is recognised as a Trojan? [closed]

I was writing some code for online judge, #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { int t, ds, dt, d; double x; cin>>t; while(t) { ...
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How can I run Windows Defender while running a second anti-virus in Windows 8?

I want to run a Windows Defender scan while running an antivirus scan. In my case I am using Trend Micro OfficeScan Antivirus with Windows 8. Currently Windows 8 will close and disable Windows ...
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Is it safe to connect a hard drive to my computer to image it if I know it contains a virus?

I was recently asked to help a friend fix a virus laden computer and I was wondering if it is possible for viruses infecting another computers hard drive could pose a possible risk if I connect that ...
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Blog Posts are being identified as anti-banner [closed]

We have a blog post that is being identified by Kaspersky anti-banner as an ad so it is blocked. However, there are no ads on the site. The article topic is what businesses should look for when they ...
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How to disable/enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line?

I would like to know how to disable and enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line. This is a common procedure on build machines in order to speed-up the build process.
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avgnt.exe avira gmbh

After the last update of Avira, every time I turn on the computer, I get this message of an exe file that wants to run. Even though I always uncheck the "ask me before opening this file", the message ...
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Do I need an antivirus on a Minecraft server?

I'm about to open a dedicated server for a game called Minecraft. The server is running Windows Server 2008 R2. The problem is, I don't know whether or not I should install an antivirus on it. No one ...
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How to remotely clean a Windows computer of spyware and viruses?

I am a college student, and my parents are hours away. So last time I went home, I upgraded my mom's computer to Windows 7, and also installed Hamachi to it so that it's in a VPN with my laptop. Well ...
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Does the Virtual PC XP Mode need safety measures?

Does the Virtual PC XP-Mode (or any other virtualized mode) require safety measures, such as antivirus or a firewall? I'm just wondering if the XP-Mode would be a large security loophole, since it's ...