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 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 ...
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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 ...
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Should I worry about malware on Linux? [closed]

I don't run an antivirus on Linux ( most people I don't AFAIK ) and I'm not at all concerned about any form of malware or spyware or any other_bad_ware. Should I by concerned? Of course I don't ...
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On my FireFox status bar a contextual ad? (Possible Adware?)

What is it? How did I get it? I am assuming is spyware/malware and I should get rid of it.