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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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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BetterSurf Firefox extension appears to be malware

When I was browsing (a local copy of a site off my own hard drive), I was greeted by a pop-up that took up the entire bottom half of my screen that detected that I was on the site that had a menu of ...
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Is it possible to install software in such a way that the user can't remove it?

Let's say a program is contained entirely in a jar or exe. Is it possible for this program to propagate itself such that the user can't possibly remove it from the machine? I'm wondering how much ...
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Identify Known Malware By Hash (MD5) Across Network

I need to design a solution that will allow me to submit a series of MD5 hashes and then be alerted if these hashes are found on any machine (Windows) on the network. I'm open to existing solutions ...
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Suspicious EXEs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I caught a pretty nasty virus yesterday and am finally in a position to sit down and start dealing with ...
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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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Is it possible to get someone's code signing certificate revoked?

I recently had to clean up someone's computer because they were tricked into installing a bunch of things without their knowledge. The horrible thing about it was that the installer was signed with a ...
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Removing malware [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? My laptop get infected by virus or just malware. Gradually I get rid of it. It was ...
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AdWare, Malware, Spyware uninstallation unsuccessful

I have found some Adware names as Movie Mode , Omiga-plus in my system. The very first step I followed to uninstall them. and after that I run AdwCleaner and restart my system, I found that still ...
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Identifying program attempting to install certificate on windows

I'm trying to help a friend using Windows (which I'm not an expert on by any means) who's experiencing malware-like behavior: a dialog box is repeatedly popping up reading: You are about to ...
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Dexpot carries malware?

Dexpot appears to have a lion market share as far as virtual desktop managers go. It also seems to have a rep for adware/bloatware or worse; at least the dexpot.de site does: ...
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Suspicious website behavior - but no virus found

I have a Windows 7 (64) PC with Microsoft security essentials running and up to date. I have recently found that when I load certain websites which never previously contained adverts, now they do. ...
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I cannot go to google.com and other websites due to invalid certificate; possible DNS issue?

I am using Windows 7 on my PC's and my wife and I both have IPhones. About a 2 weeks ago I was having a problem on the PC's where google.com would sometimes give a 404 not found and then in the ...
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Is there a way to restrict my program installation to a certain web-source on Windows?

I have a program HelloWorld, signed by me and distributed from my company site. But someone has downloaded it from my site, wrapped into program SuperDuperHelloWorld and also added some malware into ...
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UAC being turned off once a day on Windows 7

I have strange problem on my HP laptop. This began to happen recently. Whenever I start my machine, Windows 7 Action Center displays the following warning: You need to restart your computer for ...
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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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run as dialog always pops up

I recently got some malware on a machine that I don't use for much (partly intentional). I've cleaned it, but now everytime I open any .exe the 'Run As' dialog pops up asking me which user I want to ...
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Questionable NTP Traffic at Firewall?

I checked my firewall logs and noticed odd traffic patterns for NTP or UDP/123 (shown below). I don't understand the round robin'ing that's occurring from my hosts. And I don't understand why its ...
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Has my Google Chrome gone scareware?

I can't visit http://www.opengl.org on Google Chrome 6.0.472.63 without the Malware Detected warning Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer! The website at www.opengl.org ...
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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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what is en.v9.com and how to remove it?

I was reinstalling Windows (namely installing Windows 8 instead of Windows 7). But then Chrome suddenly closed. When I started it again, it had that annoying en.v9.com home page. I don't know how to ...
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How can I fix a computer that is infested with malware and is extremely unresponsive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I'm troubleshooting a Windows 7 PC for a friend. A couple of days ago it started running ...
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Can Malware damage to the files existing on the host?

I'm somewhat aware of Malware and their actions. And also know how to get rid of them and clean the machine. And about the Malware, we all know that Malware can spread in the form of a Worm or a ...
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Noticeable delay when quitting Microsoft Word on OS X [closed]

Whenever I quit Microsoft Word (mac 2008 version) on OS X (version 10.9.3) there is a quite noticeable delay of up to a few seconds. During this time Word shows only the Apple and Script icons in its ...
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Is the guideline: don't open email attachments or execute downloads or run plug-ins (Flash, Java) from untrusted sites enough to avert infection? [closed]

I'd like to know if the following is enough to avert malware as I feel that the press and other advisory resources aren't always precisely clear on all the methods as to how PCs get infected. To my ...
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Can Internet data be used by malware when PC off?

I have noticed over the last month that my off peak data has been used at a rate of approx 350MB per hour - this has meant that I have gone over my quota and slowed down by my ISP to 256k. There is no ...
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Is DriversHQ Software - 'Driver detective' malware?

Is DriversHQ Driver detective a malware?
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Windows 8: Occasional cursor movement, clicks, and interface interaction without a mouse or touch pad attached

My cursor is moving (it'll go in a direction, turn, etc, not totally random) and clicking (left and right) without any mouse or touch pad attached. I've uploaded a video of the weird behavior I've ...
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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 ...
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Are live CD/DVDs more secure than live USB?

If you create a bootable live CD/DVD for an OS such as Linux or Windows, is that more secure than a live USB that does the same thing? What if the disk is a CD-R or DVD-R as opposed to a CD-RW or ...
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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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Can a virus “attach” to an executable? [closed]

My understanding is that a virus is an executable - and thus it needs to be executed to do anything. When you execute a virus (program), the process will be able to do whatever malicious thing it is ...
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How to validate recovery partition for modifications?

I bought second-hand notebook (sony vaio ultrabook duo) with Win8 . I'd like to have clean system unaffected by malware. Which gives me two possibilities. a) Reinstall from new source - This way I ...
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Virus on vdi files dangerous for host machine? [duplicate]

I want to use the preinstalled vdi files from virtualboxes.org because it saves me time having it already built for me (what's not to like?). I don't know if they have viruses on them (they very well ...
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How to permanently delete browser hijacker 'Qone8'? [duplicate]

When I was downloading some file, Qone8 search tool has also downloaded and got installed. Though I set my chrome settings to default, after reopening of the browser Qone8 will reappear. I tried to ...
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lsass.exe constantly using about 25% of CPU

Recently noticed that my computer was running a bit slow and saw that a program which I have never seen before, lsass.exe is using about 25% of my cpu nearly all of the time. If I close it I receive ...
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Linux keylogger without root or sudo! Is it real?

Somebody on Youtube claims to have a keylogger on Ubuntu that was neither executed nor installed as root. The link below shows a demo of it working. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1fZAZTwyPQ ...
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Virus on my Webserver: How to get rid of it?

I did a website for my clients and recently stumbled upon a lot of issues with it - i guess it got hacked. (It's based on the latest wordpress version, and for a while the index.php file always got ...
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VMware Host-Only without Host?

The question may seem confusing. I am setting up a malware lab, and would like to create a virtual private network basically between 3 VMs (so I can use tools like inetsim). I am using VMware ...
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COMODO HIPS firewall spamming me

I recently setup my windows system with a Comodo Firewall. The only issue is, whenever I install/run a program that needs to either connect to a specific port or modify a reg key, Comodo goes nuts and ...
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How do I get rid of 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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Why are my browsers suddenly configured to use a proxy?

I sat down at my computer this morning and could not access any web sites using Firefox. FF was telling me that "Firefox is configured to use a proxy server that is refusing connections." So I check ...
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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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command executed when a folder is opened

once a wise man told to me that every folder contains a file autorun.inf (not sure about the name but properties are same as autorun.inf) and he changes the codes of the file to execute a batch ...
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Download webpage source HTML without visiting page

So, I've got a situation with a malicious page. First off, Chrome will not let me visit the page at all. With firefox, it blocks me, but will allow me to ignore the message. I don't want to visit the ...
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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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Host intrusion prevention system that can be installed during safemode?

I have reason to believe, from prior experience, that I can use Comodo's Defense+ - that companies host intrusion prevention system - to defeat some malware on my bosses computer. Alas, it must be ...
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Suspected Malware: Computer turning off all forms of virus protection automatically

I'm running windows 8.1 and very recently I got error messages saying that I had no virus protection on. I had windows firewall, avg free and spybot search and destroy running. All were turned off and ...
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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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Weird popup ads on sites that don't even load the ad

I have noticed weird popup ads appearing on pages which don't load those ads like daringfireball. The ad in question appears on the right side of the page over the web page intended to open. The ...