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How to determine if / ensure that a second-hand storage device is safe to use?

I am going to buy a SSD from someone who works in the same company, but even so is a complete stranger to me. Maybe I am a little paranoid, but is there a way to check if it is safe to use? Or is ...
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my internet connection was changed on my computer and someone put a administrator on my computer [closed]

My husband says he doesn't know what is going on and that i went to a site that messed up my computer . But when i show him that someone has added a administrator to my computer he gets mad at me can ...
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How can you find out if xlsx and docx files are safe to open?

I have received an email from a not entirely trustworthy source, it might be legit but I'm not really sure. It contains, among other things, information on a .docx Microsoft Word file and a .xlsx ...
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Security Essentials (SE) hangs while scanning ProgramData folder

First I did a complete scan on C:\ and kept getting (after about 1.5M files scanned, which is at the end of the C:\ProgramData folder or the beginning of the C:\Recovery folder) Then, after ...
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Detect and remove malicious malware chrome extension that opens many tabs with ads

I observed throughout the day yesterday three episodes where my processor gets hijacked for a minute and the memory gets maxed out (12 gigs). The culprit was a seemingly infinite number of tabs being ...
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How to detect unwanted Firefox add-ons?

I have a Firefox add-on that seems to inject ads on the top of the pages when I'm using search engines. For example, for a search on hard drive on Google.com, I have this banner on top: You may ...
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How can I remove http://p.chango.com/static/c.js from my site?

I found some code injected somehow on my site. It links to <script src="http://p.chango.com/static/c.js. How can I get rid of it? Is this coming from my browser? Mind you, I see it in ...
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High memory usage on Windows 7 unable to open browser

I switched on my laptop at 9 o’clock this morning and it is now 14:00 hours, where in after a series of reboots, hard or soft, I am able to open my browser. I opened a notepad and noted down ...
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Prevent Browser Search Hijack

What is the best way to prevent my browser's default search being hijacked? Also, what is the quickest/easiest way to clean up this sort of hijack? I just had to clean off all the browsers on my ...
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Monitor windows startup process

My win7 starts up pretty slow lately. I think it's some kind of malware, but my antivirus software doesn't pick up anything. How could i monitor the startup processes myself? It seems to me like ...
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What's the difference between traditional and heuristic virus scanning?

I just got off the phone with one of the major AV companies as to why a lesser known AV caught a virus that theirs didn't. The details of that delima are not important. What caught my attention ...
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what does it mean for MalwareBytes to find malicious registry keys but nothing else?

I have a machine that is obviously infected, and when I ran MalwareBytes it told me that it found some "malicious" registry keys (surprisingly enough these contained file path to currently ...
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Should I disable my realtime virus protection while running a different malware scanner?

I use Microsoft Security Essentials for my virus protection but I also run scheduled scans with Malwarebytes and Spybot Search & Destroy. Should I disable the MSE realtime scanner when these other ...
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How to catch a malware process on my Mac?

Situation: 1st occurrence: without reason a new draft in mail opened up with non-sense text in the body, no TO,CC or subject 2nd and reoccurring every day around 2 PM: bing search with non-sense ...
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Any information about the AsyncMapLite Trojan?

I recently noticed "something" hijacking Google search results (on Firefox!) and so I decided to run a scan by Malwarebytes. Sure enough, it found a Trojan.Agent with the following information: ...
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Impossible new virus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I have been hit by an absolutely impossible new virus. Only in the past 3 months or so the internet has ...
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Strange localization problem

I spent several months in a foreign country (Ukraine). Now, many websites that I visit (at least the ones that support it) default to Russian. I'm worried that I might have some type of malware on ...
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Anti virus integration for Thunderbird?

Basic, newbie question: I am preparing to do a new system installation of Windows, and would like to setup Thunderbird for email. Since I am beginning with a clean slate, how should I setup my ...
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Safely view websites that may be harmful

I posted a car on Craigslist the other day and since then I've been getting nothing but scam emails that contain links the people want me to click. I know not to clink the links and that it's a scam, ...
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How do I properly check if a program is a virus/trojan in VMware?

How I should check if a program is a virus in VMware? Some programs I do need admin ability to install and it makes sense. But how do I know if it's doing more than I want? Some thoughts are: How ...
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How can I make my OS appear as if it is running virtualized?

A lot of malware these days is able to detect when it is running virtualized under VMWare, VirtualPC, WINE, or even in a sandbox such as Anubis or CWSandBox. This essentially means that malware will ...