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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Can an incorrect program size indicate malware?

Example File Sizes from "Programs and Features": Windows is reporting vastly incorrect file sizes. In the example given, Python 3.4.1 is listed as taking 30 GB of space. This isn't the only program ...
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File Segment Unreadable Error After Upgrade/Malware Restart

I tried upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 but the upgrade tool MediaCreation seemed to be held up when initiating the restart, so I cancelled the installation. Before I initiated the install ...
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Started with a malware, ended with a damaged Windows 7 Config? [on hold]

I have a malware called vicice that is simply a chrome browser hijack. I ran HitmanPro in standalone mode, which found and deleted some files, and now my windows 7 PC takes 4 minutes to boot up and ...
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How to remove Amazon Assistant that was installed by Java installer?

I recently did a clean install of Java about a week or two ago. It asked whether I wanted the Amazon button app installed. I opted NO. It still installed anyway. I removed it from Control Panel -> ...
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Remove ads malware from Chrome

A malware smuggled its way into my chrome. It ads ad JS snippet into footer, before tag: However, what's peculiar is that I found that it only injects itself into one website: ...
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Is this a ransomware?

I just got this window on my main computer: Apparently, it's from Windows. I checked, the process EXE file is the original one (efsui.exe or something like that). But the thing is, I don't use EFS ...
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How can a malware site take control of Chrome?

I've had quite a scare today - the second time this month. I tried browsing to speedtest.net to test my connection, and I must have mistyped something (the last time that happened, I mistyped ...
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Computer infected with Skeeyah.A!bit [duplicate]

Today I did a virus lookup for my relative via Windows Defender, and it found an Skeeyah.A!bit trojan. Windows Defender has deleted it, and even after reboot he didn't find traces of that trojan. ...
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How to get rid of Mackeeper.zerobit pop-up from Safari

Whenever I open any link or search for anything that has the word Mac, Computer, Keeper, etc. A new tab opens with an advertisement for MacKeeper. The website is called ...
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Ghost USB drives don't go away on Windows 10

Briefly, I have phantom USB drives that showed up a week ago. Rolling back to a "clean" backup that was stored on a disconnected disk didn't solve the problem. I had that previously when I had a major ...
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Cerber - why were some files not encrpted?

I was hit by Cerber on the weekend. This surprised me given I was running Grindsoft Anti-Malware in addition to Defender, although I suspect Grindsoft real-time protection was off given there had ...
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Is my router infected? DNS settings affected

I see that when I browse on my mobile devices (phones, tablets) in my network, the browser gets redirected to malware/adware that says my device is damaged and I should repair it, install some ...
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How to remove hidden folder shortcut malware [duplicate]

How to remove the virus/worm which creates a shortcut that runs a payload whose name is randomly generated. It puts the current content under a hidden folder. And displays the boobytrapped shortcut ...
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“ad-type-google.com…”, “tradeadexchange.com” malware redirection in mobile

Whenever I use internet from my home network on my mobile, and open any site, (except Facebook, Yahoo and Youtube), the doesn't load and it redirects to the pages malware pages mentioned in the title. ...
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How to remove SelectionLinks extension from Chrome on Windows?

It's not possible to remove it using the standard extension disablement/removal features in Chrome - the checkbox is disabled. I also found that the extension gets installed under ...
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more problems post malware scan and defrag than before

ok so, the little hiccups my PC has been having have turned into a full on dry heave. the issues i used to have were as follows: I have windows 7 and for some reason it keeps telling me to shut down ...
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Is it safe to recover the computer via the onboard recovery partion after a virus infectiopn

Recently I noticed that my computer (Lenovo Ideapad Flex 15) got a malware/ virus/ spyware etc. after I have downloaded a crack of Adobe Acrobat DC! I've tried it to remove using Mcaffee and other ...
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Received a .vbs on Skype and ran it

I received a .vbs file on Skype and ran it.. Please let me know if it does anything? the code contained
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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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How to remove Cerber virus from my PC

.Cerber - This malware affected most of important data in my laptop (Pics, Videos, Pdf files etc). I tried to scan with antiviruses but all in vain.How to recover the data?
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Can Virtual Box/VMware infect the host PC when testing Cryptolocker?

Can cryptolocker encrypt the host PC if I test it on a Virtual Machine? Currently I am using 'NAT' as my network type or whatever...
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USB drive gets infected every time I plug it into my laptop

Whenever I plug in my USB flash drive into my laptop running Windows XP, an AutoRun.inf file gets created inside it. Also a hidden folder called "Cache" which uses the Recycle bin icon gets created. ...
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Hidden Files: Odd large system files taking up space on hard drive

In the above image there are four large files with names composed of what appear to be random (non-Roman) Unicode characters. I have no idea where they came from. Is anyone familiar with these? Do I ...
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Preventing malware from sniffing the sudo password

I often hear people citing sudo as one of the main barriers to malware infecting a Linux computer. The most commen argument seems to go along the lines of: Root privileges are required to modify ...
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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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Hidden processes causing huge increase in ios data usage? [migrated]

On my first iphone the data usage was both reasonable and logical at the beginning, but a couple months in and I was seeing a ridiculous increase of >5x usage. I started off average 5-8 gb/month and ...
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Weird-looking Registry entry under HKCU\Software\Classes (is it a virus)?

I wanted to set Photoshop as my default image viewer (need a workaround because Windows doesn't recognize it), so I have to edit my Registry. In the tutorial on the official Adobe website, they say to ...
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How to remove cryptowall encryption

Please help me urgently, Because My all files are encrypted by unknown virus named, 'CryptoWall encryption'. I attached one screenshot, which is provided by this virus.
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How can malware affect a router?

I had a problem with my router (in the question Same popup on my devices, is there a malware? I wasn't able to reply) it was infected with malware.I checked the problem by changing the router and the ...
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Why are my router's DNS settings changing?

I'm using d-link 2600U router (updated to latest firmware). My router's DNS setting keep changing and my browser redirects to adult websites and fake ads. I scanned my computer with this softwares: - ...
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Youtube link gave me a virus?

I was watching a Youtube video, and I then clicked on a "View all replies" link under a comment. I tried this again 2 times, and none of the clicks had worked. Immediately afterwards, three console ...
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Can I delete the AI_RecycleBin folder?

I'm trying to clear out some space on my SDD and I have this folder in C: (where windows is installed) that takes up 12.2 GB of space and is called AI_RecycleBin. I've tried to search for this folder ...
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Malware Allowing Remote Access to my Machine

I would like to understand how Malware allows a remote connection to my machine. Am I correct in thinking that my modem / router will block all inbound connections from the internet? A scan has shown ...
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How to track what's creating a temp file? [duplicate]

On every bootup, a file named gxxx.tmp.exe is created in %temp% and the name changes every time. How do I find what's creating this? Here is the file ...
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Can Malware infect a machine with UAC enabled and not elevating a process

Is it possible for Malware to infect a machine (i.e. not just a user account) running in a standard user account when UAC is enabled, if the process is not elevated? I ask because I want to know how ...
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Please suggest some safety measures for analysing viruses on my pendrive

My pendrive have been infected by virus and my antivirus fails to detect it. Several folders on my pendrive have been hidden and the virus has spread all over my computer. I see many strange changes ...
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Disable chrome auto refresh bug

When chrome starts, whenever I open a new tab and start surfing, the tab in which I have the focus gets refreshed to Google.com. Every time I change, after 1 or 2 secs it gets back to Google.com. When ...
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High Risk Desktop Configuration

I'm a part time activist. (nothing I do is illegal in any democratic country) I receive files that could potentially include zero day exploits. The machine is a laptop. I keep very regular backups so ...
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How do I stop this active malware alerted by Avast?

I am not knowledgeable on how to find adware/malware beyond scanning for it with whatever protection software I have. I avoid suspicious websites and often get popups from Avast if a page is infected ...
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why Ransomware malware payment message not encrypted also?

it is an awkward question but just want to know why the payment message not encrypted or corrupted or any error seems to happen when pop-up? and what type of this message is it an excutable extension ...
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Protect debian from a typical dropper (malware)?

I have a Debian box that I have pretty secure. Browsers are rarely used, except lynx which is used almost exclusively to download specific files. The daemon servers running on the machine are just a ...
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How do I completely remove Wondershare Allmytube from Windows [using Farbar Recovery Scan Tool]?

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 So I made a mistake and ran a dubious executable program downloaded from the internet. I was making a dvd and I didn't know how to download videos from funnyordie.com, so I ...
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WD external hard drive some folders can not be viewed due to a possible virus?

Now I am using a windows 8.1, Samsung laptop, with WD Elements 1tb. The problem is one day some folders in my external drive decided to not show up. I figured it might be due to some virus affecting ...
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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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Does Windows 10 File History protect against crypto malware

Is the saved data generated by Windows 10's file history feature isolated from users and administrators? I'm asking this after reading of the recent crypto attack against OSX machines where time ...
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Currently blocking malicious websites with Malwarebyte, what to do next? [duplicate]

This question is concerned with the management of a temporarily contained but potentially active computer virus in a particular case. Background information System information Windows 10, 64-bits, ...
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Windows 8.1 won't start after malware cleaning

I've got my friend's laptop and was asked to clean it. After running Malwarebytes, CCleaner, AdRemover the Windows won't start. Automatic repair doesn't work. According to ...
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MMLoadDrv apart of Catalyst Control Center? Look suspicious

This loads at startup every once in a while. It looks strange, and it's always the same image in that window, but it's slightly animated. Does anybody know the purpose of this? Can I remove it? I've ...
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Where do I start to troubleshoot this strange activity from my firewall?

I noticed that my firewall yesterday blocked outgoing attempts starting at port 61494 and worked its way up to 62381, making a TCP outgoing attempt at each port once. The remote IP address seems ...
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Suspicious CPU activity when computer wakes from sleep; VPN suspected?

Recently I noticed that upon waking from sleep, one or more of my CPU cores were running at full blast. My computer sleeps without fans on, so this is worrisome to say the least. I have experienced ...