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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Does marking files as readonly make them secure?

In Windows (or any OS, really), does marking a file as "Readonly" make it less susceptible to malware and unwanted manipulation? Additionally, should I still scan readonly files for viruses and other ...
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Is this malware?

I have a machine running Linux Mint (qiana). I noticed it was often slow and when I looked at top I found PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND ...
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Automatic password reset prompt on Windows 7?

My wife just told me that earlier today she received a prompt on her laptop to change her password, and complied with the request. Her laptop is running a vanilla install of Windows 7, 64-bit. All ...
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Blocking Intellitxt (random ad links on browsers)

On my browsers, links are created on random words within a text and when I hover over them a small ad window pops up, which is quite annoying. I read here that this is called Intellitxt and that ...
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Unable to use internet due to suspected DNS malware

I downloaded a midi file on my Windows 8.1 laptop last night. Since then, whenever I open chrome, I get a standard 'Web Page Not Available" error for ALL the sites I try to visit. Firefox and ...
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Stubborn Startup Page - MyStartSearch - mystartsearch.com

Just earlier I opened IE to go check my emails, etc... but my startup page is not google anymore as it previously was. The startup page was instead some "mystartsearches" thing which I had not ...
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Computer malware injects scripts causing full of javascript errors

I have a local browser application (written in php, running on usbwebserver) which runs fine on all of my users' computers except for one. When i checked the app, it seems that there have been ...
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How do I permanently get rid of “bigdeal” malware? [duplicate]

I'm very conservative in how I use my computer (no illegal software, no strange downloads) yet still managed to get infected by a very annoying piece of malware. I presents itself mostly in Internet ...
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What is Conime.exe and is it safe to delete / remove from startup?

Why am I posting this? After googling this, the answers were very unclear, scattered and gave different answers. So, once I had worked out what this process was and what it does, I thought I'd help ...
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Single machine on my network can't load a specific website

One windows 7 machine on my local home network is having trouble loading www.reddit.com I'm on a hardline into a linksys e1200 router. Other devices (laptop, phone, etc) have had no issues (wireless ...
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Recommended to Update Flash Player Virus [duplicate]

I keep getting this popup on my Internet Browser that tells me "It is recommended that you update Flash Player to view this site..." And it will redirect me to some very suspicious-looking website ...
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How can I safely open a suspicious email?

Suppose I receive an email that I highly suspect is some form of spam but I'm not 100% sure. Suppose also that I'm using form of webmail (like Gmail) with good spam filters, but this message made it ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 after using DBAN?

I'm preparing to sell a computer. It came with Windows 7 (no install disks). I want to wipe all my data in the most secure way possible, (not just remove links, but overwrite the drive). My goal is ...
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random filenames on external hdd drive

i am in big troubble. My friend gaves me his external usb hdd drive and told me, his files are deleted and renamed. I just want to restore the data with the program "recuva" but it dosn't work. I ...
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How to remove BUYUNLOCKCODE Ransomware

A ransomware appears to have been circulating for the past few weeks. the data files will be encrypted and a BUYUNLOCKCODE.txt ransom note will be created in all directories where a file was ...
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How can I restrict access to a backup drive to only one program in Windows 7?

I got an old computer from some friends, so I decided to wipe it and set it up as a home NAS running Windows 7. My plan is to have two external drives: one as a network-accessible, read/write device ...
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how can i found the source of a malware that is trying to force-open a website

For the last 3 days i've been seeing this warning from Avast every 2-3 hours : I have no idea how to track this and make it stop, i scanned my computer and avast didn't find anything suspicious, the ...
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How do I delete files that are locked when no other app can delete them?

So I found out that I had a Trojan on my external hard drive. My anti-virus app killed it, but it has created a bunch of random files on my computer which cannot be deleted. These are image files. ...
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Possible malware modification of Windows registry entry

I found a strange entry in Windows registry on two of my PCs, and posted it as a question on Stack Overflow, here: ...
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How to remove topic torch from my computer?

Somehow I have managed to get the topic torch malware installed on my computer, which show's ads whenever browsing (see screenshot). I have many of suggestions, but I can't seem to find the ...
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Suspicious NetBios Name Service traffic

A friend of mine recently complained about the very bad performance of the Internet connection over her family's LAN. Apparently the Internet connection worked normal most of the time but certain ...
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Malicious pop-up in Chrome: “WARNING! Please Install Update To Continue.”

Does anyone know how to get rid of this pop-up: The page at new1getallfilesnow.maynemyltf.netdna-cdn.com says: WARNING! Please Install Update To Continue. OK
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Botnet/Virus Removal? [duplicate]

I am not sure what type of virus I have on my computer, and I am not sure if this is the right site to ask this type of question on, but here it goes: About a month ago I downloaded something i ...
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Chrome works only outside of sandbox?

I have been trying to solve this problem for a long time. I have been using Chrome for more than 4 years, it is the best browser for me. Suddenly, Chrome stopped working. I tried uninstalling it and ...
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Sudden popup in all browsers on some sites - How to remove?

Recently got infected with something where, in all browsers (IE9, FF, Cx), a 3.5" square popup appears on many sites in the lower left (or right) corners. It wants me to download something or watch ...
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How to find which program is reading a file?

I tried delete some file but windows 8.1 reported that access is denied, which other program might read that file, but I don't run any. So it is maybe a harmful program. How can I find out which ...
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Cleaning a compromised Router?

At the office I noticed malware symptoms on one of the computers. I tried cleaning it and found nothing. Then I noticed I got the same behavior on my phone and the other computer: occasional links ...
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who is the administrators? extra admin user thats hidden

Some of my files on win7 64bit I have found have a user called administrators not administrator. This is a second hand laptop so Id like to know how to correct this if its a back door or something ...
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Manipulating firmware of USB flash drives

As far as you may know, about four month ago, a new malware-like program found that was infected USB device's firmwares. (Take a look here) I want to know, how it is possible to read and modify ...
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Can an infected Android or iOS phone infect a PC running Windows?

I realize that any .apk may not run on Windows via anything other than an emulator, but my instructor insists that it can. Here are my objections: Can I infect the computers at school with my ...
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What are these files that defy file permissions to be inaccessible?

Every once in a while in our environment the AV comes across a malicious file, usually in a users temporary internet files, that no matter what I try, I can't edit, move, copy, or in any way access ...
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How to remove pice0chop extensions from Google Chrome?

How do you remove Priceochop 3.9 and proiCechOpe 3.9 from Chrome? Both show up in chrome://extensions and once plagued my browsing experience with advertisements. Now they effectively do nothing as ...
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Windows 7 common search engines hosts don't work or responde to icmp

I have a windows 7 computer every site works... EXCEPT google.com, yahoo.com duckduckgo.com The websites IP also does not answer, the webpage keeps trying to load but the HTTP/ICMP request leaves the ...
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Which File Did Microsoft Safety Scanner Fix?

Microsoft Safety Scanner says it partially fixed a file. How do I find out which file it fixed?
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How to resolve BackgroundContainer.dll error on startup?

When I start my desktop it gives me an error about BackgroundContainer.dll There was a problem starting c:\Users\Ventsislav\AppData\Local\Conduit\BackgroundContainer\BackgroundContainer.dll ...
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laptop shuts off out of sudden when the fan suddenly stops spinning

My laptop recently got an issue. it will shuts down during loading when I turn it off repeatedly. it got worse during time, previously, if it happens, next try the laptop would work fine, but now, I ...
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Unwanted redirects in chrome

When I type a search in chrome on OS X it automatically does another search after I hit enter. This seems like malware. I found a few extensions in chrome that I did not install -- and I removed them. ...
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How to remove osx kernel extension

I am trying to remove a kernel extension but every time i restart it keeps coming back how to permanently remove it? i believe this com.ab.kl.engine is some sort of spyware output of: kextstat | ...
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What can a service do on Windows?

What kind malware/spyware could someone put into a service that doesn't have it's own process on windows? I mean services that use svchost.exe for example, like this: Could a service spy on my ...
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google.com/search redirects to google.com/webhp but only sometimes

According to the internet when google.com/search redirects to google.com/webhp, it means Search Conduit has hijacked the browser. In my case, this is what happens: ...
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Does not setting a wifi password allow malware to more easily jump between computers?

Does not setting a wifi password allow malware to more easily jump between computers? (Some users don't set wifi passwords if intruders aren't able to get within range of their wifi.)
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How to know your Mac is not compromised (software and hardware) after lending [closed]

Is there a way to find out if your Mac has been compromised software and hardware wise? I have a pre-unibody MacBook (2007), and it was in someone else's hands once. I want to make sure: the person ...
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Fix 0xC0000005 application crash error?

Almost all my installed programs (Firefox, skype, other 3rd party programs, ...) crash. They all assigned with EventID:1000 and Exception code: 0xc0000005. I have tried to change the memory but ...
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EFI partition malware?

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro, running 10.8.2 and was worried that the laptop may have been tampered with while left unattended for a few days while abroad in Asia. I have mounted my EFI partition using: ...
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Is Linux vulnerable to Java drive-by exploits?

Is Linux vulnerable to Java drive-by exploits? Another computer I run on windows 7 just notified me that it was infected through Java, and I'm wondering if my Linux box (ubuntu 10) with Java ...
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Network adapter shows up in Device Manger but not in ipconfig

I am helping somebody troubleshoot a computer (windows 7) over chat. The computer had malware saying that proxy configuration is preventing the browser from connecting to the Internet. My friend put ...
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Can't fix file association after removing unwanted junkware

I am having issues with my Type of file parameter, and default opening. As you can see in the "open with" window, the option to select default is greyed out. On the left it says that the type of file ...
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How can I grant user rights to prevent my mom from installing spyware?

My mother is a schoolteacher, and has an uncanny knack for inadvertently installing spyware/adware/malware whilst surfing the internet. She has a Win8 Laptop, and needs to have access to Office for ...
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Unable to change browser's default home page

After installing Qvod player, my IE homepage was set to: http://www.hao123.com/?tn=97473572_hao_pg I tried to set the home page via IE settings, however it changed back to http://www.hao123.com ...
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Can I remove nengine.dll from my machine?

I recently started seeing an error message when starting up my pc: nengine.dll is not a proper application extention. Not recognising this nengine.dll, I did a quick search online and found it's ...