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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How can I disable Lumension Sanctuary

I'm an administrator on my computer but I can't work out how to uninstall/disable Lumension Sanctuary. There is no Uninstall button in the uninstall programs list. I've disabled the service (...
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Log application changes made to the system

Windows 7, 64bit. I have an application which I don't trust but still need to run. I would like to run the installer of this application and later on the installed executable under some kind of "...
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Hitman pro is suspicious of these three files… should I be worried?

My anti malware software "hitman pro" uses heuristics to highlight suspicious files. It is highlighting the following three, all within c:\windows\system32 mpcdx.ax rlapedec.ax rlmpcdec.ax Hitman ...
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Windows 7 UAC (user access control) is being disabled on every reboot

To put it simply, I noticed UAC was disabled so I enabled it. I was prompted to reboot the computer for the changes to take effect. Upon my reboot I checked the settings again as I hadn't disabled UAC ...
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Injection of banners in my webbrowsers possible malware [duplicate]

Recently I have started to suspect that I have some kind of virus on my computer. There are 3 symptoms: Banners are being displayed on pages that doesn't use commercials, for instance when viewing ...
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Browser keeps being really rude to me today

I've had this problem only once before, years ago. I bought a new computer the other day and last night I visited a website which Google Chrome suspected was an insecure site. So I proceeded to view ...
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Malware Defense Shows Up in PlayOn Settings/Logs Although System Has Been Thoroughly Cleaned

I was hit really hard by some nasty malware: Malware Defense. I was doing something I should not have been doing when I got it (surfing Pirate Bay for TV shows). It locked up my system and I had to ...
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Removing a malware that sets up as a system driver

I recently tried to fix up my mother's computer which has some serious malwares. One of them apparently registered itself as system driver (tjbijkoq.sys if that can help) and after running a malware ...
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Is it dangerous if I store a copy of an infected website on my local disk?

First, I'm not into HTML and PHP programming. A friend's Joomla site was hacked by some sort of html injection, and now every php and html file has an iframe which is linked to some sort of malware ...
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Could it be a malware?

Something makes all browsers on any operating system or computer of my home network to open random web pages and ask to install a Microsoft protection of some kind, what could do that? It send random ...
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Does Antivirus2009 or Antivirus360 automatically install on your computer and if so how?

I run Firefox on Vista, and unfortunately I got tricked (through a deceptive google result) into going to a page containing one of those fake "Your Computer Has all of this Spyware on it!" pages. I ...
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Experience with anti-keyloggers?

Does anyone have any experiences with anti-keyloggers? I have been looking at Zemana and it looks good to me.
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IE “About:Tab” page hijacked

Client o' mine, running Windows 7 64-bit, installed Kiwee Toolbar and then uninstalled it. The software is pretty much gone except for one last thing: The About:Tab IE page redirects to a Kiwee ...
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Open dns still detects malware activity after having scanned and removed malware

I'm using open dns to block unwanted sites. Everytime I go to the dashboard I always see this malware activity in all of the networks that I have in open dns. What do I do?I'm using avast free, ...
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Manually remove virus/malware that slows down the internet connection

Is it possible?Or do you know of other ways on how I can remove it. I think the connection has been slowed down. Yesterday, when I download it has 80-100 kbps rate but now its only on 40-50kbps. What ...
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XP Antivirus Pro malware removal

I had to remove this malware from a friends computer, and they've infected themselves again. It's been a while since I last removed it, so can't remember the name of the program that was successful ...
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Hijack.StartMenu Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a false positive?

I just ran the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware quick scan for the first time and it found: Registry Data Items Infected: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\...
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Problem with network after malware attack

Im trying to help some friends with a Win XP machine. I got rid of the malware using Malware Bytes, and HiJackThis. But now they(I) have another problem. When the computer boot into Windows it seems ...
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Removing infected files after scanning with Malwarebytes' Anti Malware

Is it ok to remove the infected files after i scan my computer using Malwarebytes' Anti Malware? does it can't affect my files when i remove the selected infections?
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last known good configuration in windows xp

I made a malware and virus scan in my system. As part of improving its performance. I restart the system but then it won't boot, so I tried loading the last known good configuration. Will it restore ...
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How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC?

What should I do if my Windows computer seems to be infected with a virus or malware? What are the symptoms of an infection? What should I do after noticing an infection? What can I do to get rid of ...
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Virus cleanup brainstorming

I'm in the process of cleaning up a virus from a friend's computer and so far I've managed to have the windows runtime clean. However, after a reboot the malware reappears. Another symptom is that the ...
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How new AV companies deal with signature database?

How a new Internet-Security/Anti-Virus startup prepares its malware database? I have seen some new products that are able to detect viruses that were on the wild 10-15 years back.
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Is Max Secure software malware?

I'm working on fixing a friend's computer. It has problems. I just ran Spybot S&D and it said that the supposed "RegistryCleaner" and "SpywareDetector" that they just purchased are really malware....
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NTVDM CPU error

When I try to run a Symantec fix here, I get the following error: 16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction. CS:393a IP:393a OP:ff ff ff ff ff Choose 'Close' to ...
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Why do rootkits only attack 32 bit systems? [closed]

Title says it all...
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Any software that can determine malware running on background? [closed]

I mean like task manager, but provides an information if the running process is malignant or not.
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Non-virus originated cases of System Volume Information folder existance on removable media

When an AV found a virus on my external drive in the System Volume Information folder, I could not understand why this folder appeared there in the first place. From the logic behind System Restore ...
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unlocker software website virus message [closed]

Visiting Unlocker software's download page, http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/, via Google search gave me the following in Internet Explorer: Reported Unsafe Website: Navigation Blocked This ...
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Is there any known exploit that enables computer infection through media files (image, videos and audio)?

or: Is an AVI/MP3/JPG file a potential malware?
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Is there spyware in most crack/cracked/keygen software? [closed]

Would be correct to avoid crack/keygen software because of the risk of malware, even if an updated antivirus doesn't detect anything? (ignoring all legal problems involved)
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What's the best approch when installing suspicious software?

Some online game on Facebook needs virtual coins. A way to earn coins is by installing trial software, such as a PDF reader (as it claims). Is a virtual PC the safest bet in this case? I'm concerned ...
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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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What are the most common dangerous domains that I should block?

I am trying to configure my wireless router to block domains that are potentially dangerous to privacy, security, and bandwidth-hogs. Is there a list of domains that I can block at the router level? ...
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Worms vs Virus what's the difference? [closed]

I don't understand very well the difference between viruses ans worms, it seems that worms don't need any host to duplicate himself. But somebody can explain it? It means that a worm IS a soft? and ...
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Any ideas on which is better? MS One Care or Spyware Doctor? [closed]

Does anyone know if the new Microsoft Malware solution is better or worse than Spyware Doctor? My gut tells me that Spyware Doctor would be better just because they aren't a jack-of-all-trades like ...
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Is there a way to find rootkits on 64-bit Windows 7

I was at work and got a help desk call about a rather severe malware infection and it got me thinking about my own computer. I am running Windows 7 64-bit RC1 on my everyday laptop. I run ESET ...
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Tracking down Data Execution

I have some malware infecting one of our machines at home. It first showed up as winulty.exe. After investigating, I am of the opinion that winulty.exe itself is an uninfected file but is being ...
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DNS issues after malware infection

I have a laptop that has some sort of malware infection. I can't contact microsoft.com, symantec.com and so on. I've checked the HOSTS file, but there are no unusual entries. By what other means might ...
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How can I be in danger from viruses and malware?

I have been reading here (in superuser) some questions about the necessity of antivirus software in Windows and some doubts arise. As far as i know (and imagine) virus software can only be harmful if ...
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Reliable source for information on malware behaviour?

Many moons ago, I seem to remember that it was relatively easy to find information on what was the behaviour of particular pieces of malware (as in, "inserts automatic start-up items in registry, ...
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Are On-Screen Keyboards Really More Secure?

A quick question: I use on-screen keyboard when entering my bank passwords, credit card numbers, etc., in an effort to guard against malware. Is this a good idea or am I wasting my time? Some internet ...
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How to clean a computer with multiple accounts infected with spyware, viruses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? What's the best way to clean a computer with multiple accounts infected with spyware, viruses and malware? ...
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Is free security software as good as paid security software? [closed]

I mostly use free security solutions to protect my home PC, but I wonder if I would get better protection from a paid solution. I prefer the free software, since I can have multiple applications ...
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What to do about counterfeit Windows warning

I have a Dell computer that has just started waring me that Windows XP may be counterfeit, the operating system was pre-installed on the PC by Dell. Can I just ignore/disable the warning, or should I ...
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Ever heard of a Windows service called 'darkness'?

Is it a malware? The computer has been diagnosed with some viruses. I've tried looking here but haven't found any information about it yet.
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Is DriversHQ Software - 'Driver detective' malware?

Is DriversHQ Driver detective a malware?
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What is the purpose of malware?

I've seen all sorts of speculation on why malware is created and distributed, but is there any hard evidence of what exactly it does and why? Please point me to any online resources.
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How can I make a Windows PC bullet-proof for home users? [closed]

I realize that virus-proof on a Windows PC is far fetched, but in the interest of keeping time spent as the "family-tech-support" to a minimum, I am looking for ideas to lock a computer down to the ...
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Sensible Mac OS X Anti-malware Precautions

Given that complacency probably isn't the best idea what do people believe the right approach to staying safe when using Mac OS X is. Not doing dumb stuff and staying patched are pretty obvious but ...