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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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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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: ...
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Unfamiliar Application Running tsp2uvc.exe

I was going through my wife's computer today and I found an application running in the task manager called tsp2uvc.exe. I am unfamiliar with this application and so have killed it with the Process ...
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How to unhide files from registry?

My flash memory have a Malware. after I plugged it to my laptop I'm not able to see hidden files anymore. I tried these methods but I still can't change the radio button in folder and options from ...
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Disable chrome auto refresh bug

When chrome starts, whenever I open a new tab and start surfing, the tab in which I have the focus gets refreshed to Google.com. Every time I change, after 1 or 2 secs it gets back to Google.com. When ...
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Router logs showing something strange

I had been playing a game earlier when I started lagging, not abnormal though it was happening sporadically over the period of about an hour, which is pretty weird for me. I went to check my router to ...
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Edit Windows registry without starting Windows

I've just received a laptop that has a nasty malware/ransomware (you can find more details here) From what I've read it's enough for me to start in safe mode and remove some items from startup run a ...
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system clock keep changing

I'm using Windows 7 and the system clock is almost stuck within two hours. When I change it to the right time, the clock will stick to the right time + 2 hours (after reaching the right time + 2 hours ...
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Firefox for Linux hacked (malware)

I'm running Linux Mint, with Firefox 12.0 (Mozilla Firefox 1.0 for Linux Mint). I also have one Firefox extension installed: Live HTTP headers. I am not using Firefox Sync. Whenever I go to any ...
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Is it possible to recover a bricked computer?

I received a complaint from a relative, that their computer had crashed. Me, being the nice relative I am, agreed to take a look. They told me that just before it crashed they received a message ...
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How to remove perl script process taking up CPU

I've got a process running on my server (CentOS 5.2) that is taking up 99-100% of my CPU. The ps command reveals the name fakeproc as follows: 30571 ? R 3620:06 fakeproc Running top ...
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How can I determine if a link is safe?

I received an email (via GMail) containing single URL link. For the purpose of this question, it is irrelevant whether link came from someone I know, because origin can be spoofed or faked. I suspect ...
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rundll32.exe : infected examples pushing cpu to %100 . Malware bytes couldnt detect it niether could Win Def how do i fix it [duplicate]

My laptop is almost useless. The rundll32 application is infected with malware. I have tried several malitious software removal tools all for nought.
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IE 10 keeps crashing after malware removal

I removed some malware from Win 8 Pro, but now IE 10 crashes 98% of the time when it opens. Faulting application name: IEXPLORE.EXE, version: 10.0.9200.16453, time stamp: 0x509b0dfb Faulting module ...
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How to remove the FBI Ransomware malware? [duplicate]

A computer in our household got hit by the FBI "ransomware" virus. Here are details of what happened (Win 7 Home Premium): Family member was in a forum. AVG Free (which was up-to-date) warned of ...
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How can I remove http://p.chango.com/static/c.js from my site?

I found some code injected somehow on my site. It links to <script src="http://p.chango.com/static/c.js. How can I get rid of it? Is this coming from my browser? Mind you, I see it in ...