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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Rogue program disabled access to Firefox's “Get add-ons” and “Extensions”. How can I get them back?

After installing a program called "FreeFileViewer", the program disabled access to Firefox's "Get add-ons" and "Extensions" options. To make matters worse, it installed the Yahoo! toolbar that I now ...
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Something is changing the OSX default shell to tcsh

On one of the mac machines I'm somewhat responsible for (Snow Leopard), something periodically changes the default login shell from bash to tcsh. This seems like it's probably suspicious, but not ...
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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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suddenly windows 7 asks for username and password

I think my computer has been infected with a kind of virus or malware. Yesterday I locked my windows and went out of house, at return as I tried to use it again it asked for a password! (I'm pretty ...
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Malware seems to disappear when brought into the shop

Question: Is there a type of malware out there that "goes stealth" when in a different environment from it's usual one (IE, when the computer is brought into the shop), and then reactivates when back ...
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Removal of Smart Web Search from system

Somehow Smart Web Search has been activated in my system. When I searched about it, I figured out that it's a hijacker program. Is there any way to remove this thing? I tried to remove it but was ...
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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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Revert to “clean” or “saved” snapshot after executing malware in VirtualBox

I am using my virtualbox to dump the API calls for malware by using a tool. I did saved a "clean/uncontaminated" state before I executed the malware. However I did not find a way to revert back ...
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Is there a way to log Windows command line operations?

I have tried looking for an answer to this with no avail. I was just wondering if there was any sort of tool or software that recorded all operations that had been done through command line on a ...
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Detect Java in chrome

A vBulletin site I manage has been infected by some malware, it tries to run a java applet. Is there a way I can get chrome to show me where in the source the applet is coming from so I can remove it? ...
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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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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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Malware on my Linux? Cant see on top/htop but CPU/Mem Usage is high

Over about the last week or two, I have been seeing something odd with my Linux mint PC. Over a day or 2, at some point, my CPU usage hits and saturates at or near 100 at some point (according to my ...
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Is it possible to view the source of a malicious pdf?

I am using osx mavericks. Avast alerted to a file that was in a hidden spotlight directory that had random-looking characters as a name with a .txt extension. It identified as a javascript trojan. I ...
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Full disk encryption and advanced malware removal

Doesn't full disk encryption eliminate a key ability to deploy a LiveCD (e.g., Kaspersky Rescue Disk) and inhibit advanced malware removal?
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Something keeps opening Outlook

I have an interesting little icon in my taskbar that, when hovered over tells me that "Another program is using Outlook". This is very interesting, as I have not intentionally installed anything that ...
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Virus that disables keyboard and doesn't allow me to open drives?

I am now typing from a virtual keyboard. Minutes ago I downloaded a program called Downlite, subsequently, my keyboard, both native [notebook] and external. Mouse buttons don't do their jobs, when I ...
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What is this Unknown Chrome extension comes back after every remove?

there is this unknown chrome extension named " YTBookMarkK " it returns every time I remove it, I couldn't find any info about it, is it harmful?
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Security issues with online activation software

Let's say I need to use some activation software, which connects to a server and activate some other software in my PC (i.e., Microsoft Toolkit crack to activate MS Office, or a crack for a game). ...
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Browser hi-jacked after new install of windows 8

I just did a clean install of Windows 8 and upon booting up and launch IE the browser is defaulting to conduit search engine. In the rebuild process, I deleted two of the three partitions and assume ...
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Malware transmitted over network

I am doing some tests in my second computer which involve dropping the firewall and antivirus. I'm trying to isolate the 2 systems so malware can't jump between them. Both systems have win8 ...
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Virus changed some folders and files' extensions to .exe

A virus changed all folders and some of files on my USB flash drive to .exe files. I scanned the flash drive with USB Disk Security and scanned my computer with Microsoft Security Essentials, deleting ...
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How can I automatically require a password when connecting to a WD MyBookLive?

I have created a user which has specific privileges to access the shares on our WD MyBookLive Network drive (ie it requires a password to connect), however after connecting once Windows seems to ...
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Found various .cn URLs in memory dump

I'm using the forensic tool responder. I did a memory dump, and I found a lot of URLs with the domain .cn. Some of them are related to the mcshield.exe process. I Googled some of those URLs and I ...
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Indiasearcher.in malware removal assistance

Operating system: Windows 7 Architecture: 32 bit Antivirus software and on-demand scanners on this system : ESET smart security Malwarebytes Antimalware Spybot Search and Destroy Date and how issue ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Taskhost.exe looking suspicious in Process Explorer

I'm thinking I have a virus on my Windows 8 (x64). I downloaded and opened Process Explorer (Sysinternals) and started analyzing the running processes. I came across taskhost.exe and saw it did not ...
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What does this mean and what do I do about it? crucial filesystem check: Fixing Bogus GID 80 on path /sbin/launchd

A few days ago my website got hacked and a malicious file called images.pl was uploaded which creates a backdoor that allows the file's author to upload/download/do whatever they want. Later I found ...
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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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Vista: Determining corresponding process of a window

There is some kind of malware installed on a client's computer. It effectively prevents the administrator account from being used. It pops up a fullscreen window which you can't get around: Alt+Tab ...
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No Connectivity on Windows 7 WSHELPER.DLL not found

I have a Windows 7 laptop, which i am fixing for a friend. There is no connectivity at all. I have tried several interfaces - Ethernet, WLAN, Mac OSX internet sharing over ethernet. Internet Explorer ...
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Windows 7 asks administrator for administrator privilege

I seem to get a malware and when I try to delete it, it says I must be administrator to delete it(I do not know the English version since I am not using an English version). But the problem is I do ...
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Removing Fake MSN Messenger

Recently a relative of mine decided that, when I told him to "not to click on anything anyone sends to you", it did not apply to MSN contacts of people he had never known IRL but who showed a lot of ...
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File permissions are being changed, possible Malware

I have a laptop that displays the login screen and then will sit at a blank screen. C+A+D still works, so I checked the running processes. I noticed that explorer was not running, so I attempted to ...
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AV triggers on an uninfected file

A friend of mine works in a small company where no IT-guys are present. That's where I sometimes come in. After someone opened a suspicious e-mail, one of the executables of a program they use got ...
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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 ...