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 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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How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, viruses 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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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 ...
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How do I clean up virus induced hidden files and disabled everything?

I'm working on a Windows XP computer that had the unfortunate experience of being infected by mal-ware that pretty much disabled everything. I was able to clean the computer using a combination of ...
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smarvtd process flood the rhel6.5 and network

My RHEL 6.5 has been flood with smarvtd process. I dont what is this process and how it has been in my box. through my search in google is seem like a malware, but not much info for this process, the ...
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Suspicious .nyiyeverc file in my home directory

I found a suspicious hidden file on my Mac (a ppc powerbook running 10.4.11) when cleaning house recently. It's an 8 kb Unix executable file named ".nyiyeverc" sitting in my home directory (~/).I ...
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Why do I have two desktop.ini files on my windows 8 desktop?

When I try to delete one of these two shortcuts, a message appears saying, "If you remove this file, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly."! I don't think that it is possible to ...
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How can I remove the ads by browser shop virus?

I've tried what everyone says to do, like removing the programs and resetting ALL my browsers and reinstalling chrome and firefox, and I've run scans with malwarebytes, adwcleaner, hitman, basically ...
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Is webinternetsecurity a threat to a network and how to remove completely?

I am in IT and one of our computer was detected to have a trojan virus. It was detected as Artemis!294D8BF17879. It turns out to be an application called WebInternetSecurity that appears to create ...
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How can I use Decryptolocker to decrypt all files in a directory?

I have downloaded Decryptolocker and have the key required to decrypt files. The instructions state to use it as: Decryptolocker.exe --key "<key>" <Lockedfile.doc> How can I use it on a ...
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Impossible to access/add local network PC/drives after malware [closed]

My PC was infected by a rootkit virus along with some malwares. I fully cleaned it using MalwareBytes AntiMalware, Anti-Rootkit, ADWCleaner and RogueKiller, so I know it's clean. Since the infection ...
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Does windows 8 system reset remove maleware?

I think I may have gotten a virus/malware. According to the first answer to this post: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I should do a re-format of the ...
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Do I need to be concerned using the Git Bash on Windows with Shellshock?

I use the Git Bash on a Windows 8.1 machine. Do I need to be concerned by Shellshock?
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Is “youtubeBRwatch.com.exe” a Virus?

I am running Norton AntiVirus on my MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6.7. Today (26 May 2011) Norton reported that the computer was infected with virus "youtubeBRwatch.com.exe," which it had "safely ...
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Removing search engine malware from Firefox

I have for some reason had my computer hijacked by the Snap.do malware. It takes over my browser and sets my new tab, startup page and default search engine to snap.do, something that I'm not very ...
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How to know what kind of malware infected the PC?

I downloaded a software from cnet, and cnet downloader installed malicious software. I removed them using the add or remove program but the malware are still there, some toolbar, and some backup ...
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Running the immersive version of IE11 in Win 8.x from Command line? [duplicate]

My wife had some nasty malware on here computer a month ago that I was able to clean up with malwarebytes. While it was infected, if I clicked on the IE shortcut on the start screen it would ...
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Can't access YouTube [duplicate]

I can not seem to connect to YouTube at all. If I connect directly to YouTube (youtube.com) I get this: And if I try to connect via video directly (youtube.com/watch?v=), I get this: Here's how ...
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Need to change the “auto detect” proxy settings in Windows

I downloaded and accidentally installed some nasty malware from CNET.com. I've finished cleaning up most of it, but there is one setting I haven't been able to get back to normal. In several programs ...
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How do security firms find out whether 3rd party software is safe? [closed]

What processes do professional software auditing and security testing companies follow to determine if a software is "safe" to use. Say, someone writes malware that behaves itself 99.999% of the ...
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Why does Google Chrome flag my application as Malware?

I have an application which I made in VS 2010 in C#-4.0. The purpose of the program is to handle product orders for my employer. However, for some reason, and this is the only program that I've seen ...
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Cannot close notifications in Windows 8

Seems like a bug, but it is very annoying. Windows 8 keeps showing notifications which I cannot close. I tried to click on x and _ but no reaction. Here is a screenshot showing such an unclosable ...
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Is this a hijack?

My home router was down the other day. I tried to use chrome, and I got the following error message: DNS Lookup for "www.searchpage.com" failed. The requested name is valid, but no data of the ...
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Linkbucks Adware on Goo.gl links

I have created a goo.gl shortlink for my app page, so that I can know how many times the link is clicked from my page. I checked the link when I created it, and it worked fine. Now when I checked it ...
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Can ping the ip-Address but not the site and neither browse to it

Due to some malware or virus, I was unable to connect to any site while the connection showed "Internet Access". On experimenting, I found that I was able to ping the I.P. address of google. But when ...
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My friend fell for a tech support scam. I formatted her computer. What should I do now?

My friend received a call from a person claiming to be a Microsoft tech support representative. This person claimed her laptop was infected with malware and compromised by hackers. He proceeded to ...
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Combine multiple DNS filtering result

Several DNS servers provide filtering against different categories, mostly for the local government 'undesirable content', some for malware, and some for ads. What I want is to create/use a DNS server ...
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Rock-solid hardening of a Windows 7 system?

I am historically a Linux guy, and only use Windows when I absolutely have to via VM. However, I recently purchased a new rig so that I can keep a dedicated Windows 7 machine up for hard work ...
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Is UEFI more or less vulnerable than Legacy BIOS?

Is UEFI more secure than BIOS on a Windows 8.1 machine? Is UEFI vulnerable to malware in ways that Legacy BIOS is not? Is it correct that UEFI can connect to the internet before the OS (or ...
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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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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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Unidentified network activity bursts on my computer

I have been experiencing this issue for some time now (maybe 1-2 months), and didn't know if it was something from my ISP or my computer, but I have sudden burst of network activity happening in the ...
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Files were encrypted by virus, and old (win 7) OS is gone - What Do?

So for the past few weeks I have been planning on switching from windows 7 to Ubuntu (14.04) with windows running in a VM for whenever I need it. 2 days ago my antivirus complained to me that I had a ...
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issue with windows 7; gray screen at startup, explorer needs a restart every time

I recently installed Malwarebytes on my computer. Within 5 or so minutes, it picked up a file that is malware: after removing that with malwarebytes, my pc instantly restarted to a gray screen. I ...
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How to be safe plugging in an infected USB?

I have an infected USB that is loaded with trojans, spywares, Sality, etc. Basically, I wish to put my important data somewhere, reformat the USB, then restore the data. I have prepared a freshly ...
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Still receiving windows XP updates… Is this expected behavior?

According to the answer on another post, we should not have been receiving any more updates for Windows XP. But I am receiving updates: Is this indicative that my system is bugged or compromised ...