Malware (short for Malicious Software) is a type of software designed to access a computer system without the owner's informed consent.

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What exactly is Java's new helper tool? Updating from Java 8 update 60 to Java update 71 on a Mac

I've looked around online and can't seem to find that much information of what Java's new helper tool is. I've found another thread here on SE but it doesn't explain that much. Is it something that ...
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LAN client attempting to connect to many unkown IPs on Boot

I have a Zywall 110 Firewall. While perusing the logs I was seeing random bursts of attempted connections to unknown external IP addresses from a single LAN client computer. I noticed because I would ...
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Version information in DLL or EXE

This Stackoverflow question shows how to modify version information in some classes of binary files, like DLLs. I often rely on the version information as one metric (amongst many) for peace of mind ...
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Can Sophisticated Malware, Spyware and Viruses Read Files?

I've recently began encrypting my personal files using veracrypt. I've got my resume, which, obviously contains personal information (name, address, phone number etc.) A little bit of reading here, ...
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Manually detect malware (such as a keylogger)? [duplicate]

Is there any way to manually detect if malware, specifically a keylogger is installed? Looking for answers on XP, 7 and 8.1. For example, is there a combination of any of these options that can ...
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How to get rid of search.safefinder malware [duplicate]

At the time of updating my kmplayer software, "Safe Finder" malware has been installed in my computer. I have searched for solutions for removing it and I got many solutions. But, probably they are ...
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Remotely running malware detection on a *unix server

I've used Linux Malware Detect in the past and it's very efficient and useful, however to run the installation shell script access to the root directory is required. As a result, when I'm on many ...
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Is BitTorrent Sync used to setup safe/private torrents? [closed]

I am the SysAdmin for my organization and I've always heard that torrents are just bad news due to malware, legal violations, etc. (as explained in this article, see #4), so I haven't allowed my users ...
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Haven't found DNS Unlocker in the Task Manager. Where could it be?

This morning I found DNS Unlocker on my workstation, and since then I am trying to remove it. I guess, I visit some wrong website yesterday during the lunchtime. I really need help with this. There’s ...
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How does ransomware work? [closed]

If it's possible to get a full rundown on how ransomware usually works in encrypting files, that would be nice. I know ransomware encrypts all files with AES-256 for speed, but where does RSA come ...
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How do I determine if this ad pop-up is a malware on my laptop/router or my ISP just being greedy?

Request: Kindly do not mark this question as a duplicate without reading the whole description. I know this sounds like any other malware-infection question, but I request you to please read the whole ...
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Spyware in windows [duplicate]

I am using Windows 10, when ever I plugged the charger and leave the computer for 15 - 20 mins idle. Edge opens up random pages. I have updated the defender and ran the updates as well. if any one ...
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Most of my files in my Windows 8 got encrypted; Windows is still running

Around 90% files of my files, including *.doc, *.jpg, got converted into *.micro! There are two files left: help_recover_instructions+iyf.html help_recover_instructions+iyf.txt These files say: ...
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Can I determine a ransomware decryption key, given an encrypted file and its original?

I've recently been victim of a ransomware attack. I lost some of my files because but I have some of them backed up. If I have for example, the same txt file, one of them encrypted, and the other, ...
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Mac OS X Proxy Change Log?

I had an odd experience today, while trying to browse internet I received unable to connect to Proxy. Using Mac OS X 10.11.2. Went to Network Settings and discovered http traffic being sent to Proxy ...
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Is this a sign of my computer being hijacked?

This is not the first time this has happened. I do have a VMware machine, but they are both off and this does not happen every day, so I don't think this is the problem. This is all the information I ...
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Ctrl keys periodically “rebelling” and acting oddly

Time to time (pretty often), my Ctrl keys seems to go crazy. For few seconds to few minutes, if I press one of them, it will instead press randomly either: Ctrl + F1, Ctrl + 5 Ctrl + 6 + = + - ...
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Unknown files in my home folder

I was looking around in Terminal and suddenly spotted 2 suspicious files in my home folder, one with the same content as mentioned here but with different name. I deleted it in a hurry, so can't ...
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Windows 10 Disk Usage at 100% but no corresponding process shows in task manager

Over the past month (possibly more), I have noticed that my laptop (running Windows 10) frequently becomes almost unusably slow, especially after many days of not having turned it on. I notice that ...
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It appears that there were attempted hacking attempts on my Ubuntu and I did screenshots, is this genuine or false readings?

It appears that my computer has given false readings or under some sort of hacking attempt and I did scans and found trojan agents on my windows partition. Even after the scan I keep finding trojan ...
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How did GWX install itself when it was denied permission?

This is related to How does one Blacklist a patch based on Knowledge Based/KB number? and How to add a Deny ACE for TrustedInstaller?. The Get Windows X malware has returned (again) on two Windows 7 ...
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Why do antivirus detect XiaoU/LenovoService uninstaller, Lenovo software, as malware?

I recently purchased a Lenovo H50-55 computer with Windows 10 Home x64 on it. I uninstalled some of the Lenovo software that shipped with the computer, but not all of it. I ran a full malware scan ...
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How to get rid off DNSUnlocker on el capitan

For a few days I have now the problem with StackOverflow and other StackExchange websites (didn't notice it on any other website yet) that I see advertisements from DNSUnlocker. It took a while to ...
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are there any rootkit/virus/malware/etc.. that a windows 7 factory install could leave behind?

can any sort of malware/ rootkit still be on my computer after a factory install? my dell inspiron running windows 7 had(maybe still does) some sort of malware (a rootkit maybe) at its worst point it ...
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Un-known web server “…scontent-ord1-1xxx”

I am running El Capitan on my macbook. After downloading some software from Download.com, it installed some garbage (ebay search bar etc.) I removed all the added downloads however I am noticing my ...
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IE and Chrome are requesting that I allow ect.html.gz to be downloaded for some sites

IE and Chrome are requesting that I allow ect.html.gz to be downloaded for some sites. What is this file? Is it dangerous, or is this a malfunction of IE and Chrome? The problem does not occur with ...
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Redirect pop-up to wonderlandsads.com malware for webbrowsers [duplicate]

My PC has been infected with a malware that opens pop-up to some ads, mostly in my native language (Persian) but from (wonderlandads.com), when I click on a link or in an input box in StackExchange ...
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Running peer block lowers the CPU usage - Am I being hacked?

Why is it when I start peer block my CPU usage goes down 20%? I've been using peer block not because IO'm file sharing but because I just want to better secure my computer. I use its default p2p ...
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Is GWX technically malware? [closed]

GWX, otherwise known as the "Get Windows 10" popup, acts suspiciously similar to malware, except that it is made by Microsoft. Like malware, GWX: installs itself without the user's consent as an ...
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Shell&ServicesEngine 3.0.3 Malware

For a while now, I have this weird malware program on my computer which keeps reinstalling itself every once in awhile. It shows up in the installed programs list as Shell&ServicesEngine 3.0.3. It ...
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Can't get rid of browser searchengine hijack

I have a very sticky search engine (searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net) hijack in my Firefox browser. My BF already: removed the program, removed all traces in the registry, removed addons, restored ...
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Does a downloaded .exe file containing malware typically cause problems if it is not opened? If so, why/how?

My friend accidentally downloaded an .exe file containing malware, but did not double-click it. However, his system is now slowing down and his browser is giving him an error message that was clearly ...
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Firefox strange connection established, what is this?

I have accidentally found inside firefox process properties (using Process Explorer) a weird connection in tcp/ip tab: bandicam.com:some_ports it points at localhost 127.0.0.1:some_ports but ...
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Extremely suspicious .scr attachment

A few days ago, I downloaded an .zip attachment that claimed to be a transaction report. There was only one file inside the archive "TRANSACTION REPORT.scr". It seemed like AutoCad could open it (from ...
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How did Symantec get a certificate on my laptop?

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 5559 and I immediately proceeded to switch the hard drive for a fast SSD and install Windows 10 Pro from an ISO downloaded from Microsoft. Since almost everything is ...
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Are there posibilities for someone to break into my computer other than having installed malware first? [closed]

Mostly interested about OS X, GNU/Linux. Assume a default configuration, not too weak, not too hardened. Exclude downloads of malware or physical access to computer to install malware.
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Remove “searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net” Browser Hijack Malware

I just recently download imgburn and got this browser hijack malware that when using Chrome, it redirects to Yahoo! search with "searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net" in the URL. Sometimes it doesn't ...
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Can malware access my passwords? How do I keep my accounts safe if they did?

I've already decided I have some sort of Malware, but I want to know what information is at risk. I've changed a few passwords since the problem started, and I've had a lot of other online activity. I ...
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How does a person immediately determine whether a link is malicious without clicking it?

I recently started moderating a small Twitch chat, so one of the things I have to deal with is malicious linkage. Whenever someone posts a bad link, even one masked by a shortened URL, someone in ...
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Can a virus/malware spread through windows live id shared settings?

I replaced a harddisk in a computer that was previously filled with viruses and malware and reinstalled windows 10 from scratch. When the owner set up their windows live account some settings like ...
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How and why is this string of text a fork bomb?

Found on a random chan board: echo "I<RA('1E<W3t`rYWdl&r()(Y29j&r{,3Rl7Ig}&r{,T31wo});r`26<F]F;==" | uudecode Somehow running this this results in an infinitely spawning ...
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How can I remove esurf.biz malware from my browsers on windows 8? [duplicate]

Since I can't add an answer to my last question about the esurf.biz malware (because busy body admins decided it was a duplicate of the question: "How do I remove malware in general"), I'm forced to ...
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How to detect if computer is infected with Sality? [duplicate]

TL;DR I have computer running Windows 7 64bit, my ISP informed me that it might be infected with Sailty. I updated system, made sure the anti-virus is up to date, preformed scans and found nothing. ...
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Finding a Registry Key In Order to Delete It [duplicate]

A couple of months ago, I acquired some lovely malware. After removing this (lovely) malware I received a pop message, further improving my day. The message indicates that there was a problem ...
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How do you properly configure EMET to prevent MACROS in MS word, etc. from executing other programs such as Iexplorer.exe?

How do you properly configure EMET to prevent MACROS in MS word, etc. from executing other programs such as Iexplorer.exe ?
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Google Chrome malware

Since some time I have a malware in Chrome. This malware does two things: Whenever click on the 'Extensions' setting from 'Settings' instead of opening the list of extensions the tab disappears It ...
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How can I indentify this invisible window on my desktop?

There's an invisible window of some application on my desktop and the only thing detectable about it is its borders as seen in the image below. The window or its edges are not clickable. I'm ...
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Serious Malware issue about “Browser Link Redirection” and “Malicious Links on Site”

So, for some time, I have been noticing the constant "redirections" to seemigly malicious/Adware sites. For example, while Googling something, I pick a result from the Search page and when opening in ...
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Active Adblock Plus shows weird error in Chrome JS Console

Every page i browse with chrome shows this error in the console: extensions::uncaught_exception_handler:8 Error in event handler for (unknown): SyntaxError: Failed to execute 'insertRule' on ...
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How to install security updates after “Upgrade to Windows 10” hijacks Windows Update? [duplicate]

Patch Tuesday was yesterday. My Windows 7 machine took about 10 or 15 security updates. I attempted to install the updates on my mother's Windows 7 machine, but it appears GWX.exe has returned. The ...