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 far should one go to protect his PC? [closed]

I have windows 7, 64 bit, running two antivirus: Malwarebytes Pro + Malwarebytes Anti Rootkit Avg 2013 internet security (Anti Rootkit included) I had an issue yesterday and a user here on Super ...
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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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Dualbooted pc: would a virus downloaded on linux infect windows?

Most, if not all Linux and Mac users don't use antivirus. If you dualboot your pc, and you catch a virus on some website or whatever. Would it affect your windows partition if it's mounted on linux? ...
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In OS X 10.8.4 what are the standand user accounts that should be in directory utility

I believe I have some malware or virus on my os x 10.8 computer. I need to know what the list of user accounts and groups are the ones that come on a standard install of Mountain Lion in the Open ...
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Remove Delta Search from IE / Chrome

After downloading a python eclipse add-on, I was attacked with the delta-search virus. I tried removing the Delta Search entries using Control Panel as well as the Yantoo entry as suggested by this ...
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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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I get a large white box on the right hand corner it says hide ad & open ad it doesn't show any ads it is intrusive how do I get rid of it?

Hi I just recently got a large white box on the left hand side of my screen, that says hide ad or open ad when I click on that it slides it over a little bit but it doesn't show any ad it's intrusive ...
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Unknown process named “wuowoo” running in Windows 7

Today I am reviewing the system's performance through Task Manager in Windows 7 and I noticed a process named wuowoo.exe. I googled it and checked in SuperUser site also but I can't find any ...
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Is it possible to safely contain a virus - not letting it spread?

I need to run a program, but I don't trust the author. I think it is infected with spyware or viruses, malicious files. I scanned it, did n't find anything, but still not feeling good about it. So I ...
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Prevent McAfee Security Scan Plus from installing - ever

Whenever Flash updates, some colleague or friend keeps pressing OK, and without noticing, McAfee Security Scan Plus is installed (and it happened to me several times as well). Then, after a while, a ...
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Possible moneybookers malware?

I am Mac user and few minutes ago I had to check my network traffic with tcpdump and I was surprised of the output. I send tons of requests to g1.moneybookers.com From what I see I send more than one ...
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How to remove URL redirect malware/virus from PC

I have a windows laptop infected with a URL redirection software. I downloaded the kaspersky TDSSKiller and followed the instructions to remove them. But it is not effective and the URL redirective is ...
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Security certificate has been revoked Chrome

Some days back I started receiving below message in Chrome whenever I open site with a secure connection such as https://www.facebook.com or https://www.gmail.com Security certificate has been ...
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Do you recognise this suspicious folder: Malicious or Benign

Does anyone recognise this suspicious folder that sits on my C drive? The folder sits on my C drive at C:\cacde6d0fd849a939328ab\ The name obviously looks like a hash/encryption/or junk text. The ...
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Removing skype.dat malware permanently

Every time i boot the PC, i am not able to surf the net as most of the sites do not open even when there is no problem with the internet connection. I searched for a solution online and found out that ...
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Can a live Linux Mint DVD-R be infected with keylogger/malware?

I have burnt a live Linux mint DVD R and I want to use it for online banking. I am slightly paranoid about keylogger or malware present on Windows 7 though I cannot confirm. My question is if my ...
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Can't download Microsoft malware removal tool

It seems that my computer has malware that prevents me from visiting https://www.microsoft.com/ru-ru/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx I tried reinstalling Windows 8 and it doesn't help. Is ...
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How do I get rid of adware from Search Conduit/White Smoke?

This adware came bundled with some freeware I downloaded. It hijacked my home page and search engine. I have fixed both of those things, but still every time I open Chrome, it opens ...
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Is the Ask.com toolbar installed with Java considered spyware? [closed]

I was wondering if the Ask.com toolbar is spyware. I play a game called Minecraft and it requires Java. The Java installer also installed the Ask.com toolbar. I want to play one of my favorite games ...
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Approx. what fraction of viruses will manipulate the installed antivirus program to make themselves undetected once they are in RAM? [closed]

If this percentage is high, why do people still bother to run AV after the PC is booted; why is it not the norm to boot from media (disc etc.) and then scan the infected disk (when there is no chance ...
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camouflaged process thrashing drives

Someone I know has a slow Windows XP computer and they asked me to look at it. I found that the drive was constantly being accessed, and so would be any removable drive that was plugged in (making it ...
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Unusual incoming connection?

I have a machine that directly connects to the internet. I have an unusual connection as shown above. I have not used VMWare for a while though. I know that the exe file is genuine. As a quick ...
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What anti-keylogging programs can you use when using public PCs

Are there anti-keylogging programs that can keep you safe while you are using a public PC terminal? Do they exist and what are these? I like to know that I am safe when entering data on a public PC ...
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CPU burning hot causing internet connection to slow down (or cut off)

I have an HP pavilion g6, 64 bit. I dualboot it, installing windows 7 and a linux distro. nowaday I'm running crunchbang linux distro. When I'm working on any linux distro, i don't remember having ...
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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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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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Folder (contents) Read Only [duplicate]

Can we revisit the folder (contents) Read Only problem? On my Win 7 PC, after recovering from a virus, which seems to be gone, all of my folders are gray checked Read Only. Removing the check mark, ...
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Windows Explorer hacked, Restore files corrupted

Not expecting a critter in a FB page, I clicked on it. Instantly a new icon for "White Trader" appeared on my Desktop, a message about not using it "in long time" popped up, Dropbox loaded itself and ...
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How do I find the server program that a malware bot is trying to contact using wireshark?

I'm looking at a packet capture of some traffic of a malware infected computer, where do I begin to look in trying to find the server program that the malware bot is trying to contact?
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Contains a virus and will be deleted

I fixed someone's laptop recently and found a malware infection. It's all gone now and all tools show the computer is free of viruses and malware. However, when downloading a file in internet ...
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Possible malware files, cannot determine if a threat

During my routine PC cleaning, I noticed a few things that may have been overlooked by MBAM Pro, Windows Defender, and Spybot S&D (all up-to-date, of course). I have never seen them before, on my ...
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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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How to scan and detect spying software

I have a friend who caught his landlord in his apartment using his laptop (he moved out afterward). The next time he tried to log in, his password was changed. I fixed the password problem but I got ...
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Default homepage, and search engine changed in all the browsers

Default homepage, and search engine changed in Chrome, IE and Firefox . Every time I make a change in Firefox, when it works till I close the browser. When the browser is started the next time , same ...
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Getting malware through JavaScript and an img tag

I was browsing a website which caused Avast to create a notification that it protected me from an infection. Over the next half hour, this notification popped up again a few times. The Avast message ...
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What the “Yahoo developer YQL console virus” actually is and how to eradicate it?

For already about 3 years a computer at an office demonstrates sudden attacks of "the http://developer.yahoo.com/yql/console redirect virus" from from time to time - it starts redirecting all ...
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Chrome freezes when I search facebook in google.com, using chrome

I search facebook in google.com, in chrome and the results appear instantly. But, chrome freezes for 5-6 seconds after the results are displayed. This happens ALL the time. What could be the reason ...
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Preventing unauthorised installation of software in Windows 8

Last night I complained to my wife that in Windows 8 the new Metro interface is so important that Microsoft has valued it over a usable clock. So I commented that I needed to find a widget or ...
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malware has infected PC with Windows 7 OS (64-bit), taken over admin account [duplicate]

and given itself inherited permissions. At the same time, the former owner of PC, myself, and the admin account created under my name is denied any services that have apparently been installed by ...
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Chrome randomly opens a tab and closes is is it malware?

From time to time a tab opens really quickly and closes immediately. Is this some kind of malware or is it a known bug? How could I find out?
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Problem: Restrictions in effect on computer. Asking me to contact my system administrator

This started happening when I had to restart my computer for an exam so I can get it working faster. When I rebooted it, it stopped giving me the option to do alt-F4 to be able to shut down, ...
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Questions about malware

I have a couple questions about malware and exploits that I hope someone could answer to help me better understand those topics. First: I know of two dominant ways to spread malware. The malware ...
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Security Essentials (SE) hangs while scanning ProgramData folder

First I did a complete scan on C:\ and kept getting (after about 1.5M files scanned, which is at the end of the C:\ProgramData folder or the beginning of the C:\Recovery folder) Then, after ...
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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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Can search engine hijack be prevented in Chrome

Is there a way to prevent installers from changing the default search engine in Chrome? Answers to a similar question talk about a "Protector" feature in development versions from 2011, but I can't ...
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What does an AVG “False alarm” message mean?

My question is about the category of AVG alerts which contain the text "False alarm", such as the one that appears in this old forum thread: ...
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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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Malware duedue.scr? [duplicate]

I recognized that my computer(Win7) always created some links to any usb stick which was connected. These links were called something like videos, pictures and so on. Referring to user directories in ...
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Detect and remove malicious malware chrome extension that opens many tabs with ads

I observed throughout the day yesterday three episodes where my processor gets hijacked for a minute and the memory gets maxed out (12 gigs). The culprit was a seemingly infinite number of tabs being ...
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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: ...