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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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How to find the hidden trojan’s file in my server [closed]

I have several web applications which are under an Apache/2.2.9 web server installed in a Linux server Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.10 (lenny) Release: 5.0.10 ...
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Infected, back-doored Windows 7, is it safe to keep it using after Kaspersky Anti-Virus clean up? [duplicate]

So I got this computer from my cousin. As far as I can tell, it has LOTS of back-doors, trojans etc. installed. You can see the installed programs as below w/ lots of activeX: I fear these ...
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47 views

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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1answer
59 views

What kinds of protections against viruses does Linux provide out of the box for the average user?

I know others have asked this, but I have other questions related to this. In particular, I'm concerned about the damage that the virus can do the user itself (his files), not the OS in general nor ...
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1answer
155 views

Is it possible to find the origin of a virus?

Is there any method with which you can determine the origin for a given piece of malware in Windows? One of my PCs was recently infected with the PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AP password stealing trojan. Is ...
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1answer
74 views

Ensuring computer is secure after discovering a RAT

I was recently helping an older friend fix some issues with her Windows XP computer when I came to realized that it had been infected with some sort of RAT. The RAT had been on the system for about a ...
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869 views

How can you find out if xlsx and docx files are safe to open?

I have received an email from a not entirely trustworthy source, it might be legit but I'm not really sure. It contains, among other things, information on a .docx Microsoft Word file and a .xlsx ...
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1answer
55 views

Self-Executing Files

I've been always curious about understanding about how virus carry out their activities. For that reason, I've read a lot of books and articles about different types of viruses and the way they ...
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214 views

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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153 views

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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654 views

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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1answer
140 views

Malicious website stopped: But is the infection diverted?

I was searching for wallpaper images on Google Images and I stumbled upon what appears to be a malicious website. I saw an interesting image in the search results and I clicked on the Visit Page link ...
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1answer
569 views

EaseUS Partition Master appears to have installed suspicious software BreakingNews_silent_134.exe

I just installed EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition on my Windows 8 machine. Immediately after install a News.com Widget appeared on my screen that I have never seen before. Chrome and IE have both ...
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2answers
102 views

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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1answer
191 views

my credit card leaked [closed]

I got a phone call from someone pretend from Amazon and he want to confirm my credit card so he asked the expire date and security code when I refused he give me full name, address, last 4 digits of ...
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4answers
902 views

Is it possible to get any virus with (javascript, flash, iframes) disabled?

I'm expert at computers so I dont fall for small tricks like phishing and such. I just wanted to know if there is any way you could actually get infected without (iframes, javascript, flash) enabled ...
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3answers
126 views

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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2answers
624 views

Security Essentials not installing and I suspect my machine is infected with malware

My mouse seems to be automatically right-clicking every few seconds, and sometimes constantly. My cursor will abruptly become an hourglass for a moment every once in a while, as well. It happens in ...
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What are ways to prevent files with the Right-to-Left Override Unicode character in their name (a malware spoofing method) from being written or read?

What are ways to avoid or prevent files with the RLO (Right-to-Left Override) Unicode character in their name (a malware method to spoof filenames) from being written or read in a Windows PC? More ...
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2answers
189 views

Did Firefox running in Mac OS X get hacked

When I try to do a Google search in Firefox, I can't click on any of the links. They're just regular black text, not hyperlinks. I even tried safe mode and disabling all the plugins. I was running ...
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1answer
62 views

Why does a site suddenly thinks my network is compromised?

I am on Debian 6 with all updates installed. I was trying to open a link from archtecturelab.net, when up pops this warning page (see below). What's going on? I don't have any windows machines on my ...
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791 views

How do I browse a hard drive that has viruses?

I'm going to be connecting a notebook SATA drive to my computer via USB. This drive may be faulty so it may not work at all, however before it went supposedly "bad" it had a virus on it. My computer ...
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2answers
3k views

How to make USB drive or pen drive write protected? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to write protect a USB key ? I have a pen drive which I used to carry some files from my laptop to other public computers, these public computers are virus infected. ...
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1answer
110 views

How can I remove what I think is to be a virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I have used everything that I can think of. I'm not even sure how I even got this virus, if it is a virus. ...
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1answer
598 views

Why shouldn't we open an image in an email?

Most email clients do not display an image by default in the content of an email. But I don't understand this yet. How can displaying image job attack the computer?
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1answer
703 views

Which File Did Microsoft Safety Scanner Fix?

Microsoft Safety Scanner says it partially fixed a file. How do I find out which file it fixed?
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14k views

Is my host machine completely isolated from a virus-infected virtual machine?

If I am running a Windows 7 virtual machine on a Windows 7 host using VMWare or VirtualBox (or anything else) and the virtual machine is completelly overloaded with viruses and another malicious code, ...
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2answers
1k views

Why is windows more prone to viruses than linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is Linux not prone to viruses, malware and those kinds of things? I want to get some broad level sense of why Windows is more prone to viruses than Linux.. What ...
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3answers
5k views

Why is Google prompting me with Captchas?

Why is Google prompting me with Captchas? I turned on urlsnooper2 and found this (below). I don't know why my computer would request any of it. What I changed in the past few days is: Reformatted ...
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1answer
214 views

Reality of a Windows Vista “recovery disk” virus?

I recently borrowed a disk from a guy I don't really know. It was a Windows Vista install disk (lost my old one, and needed to reformat). The disk was a copy of the original, and I was wondering how ...
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1answer
2k views

Difference Between Microsoft's Safety Scanner and Software Removal Tool

What's the difference between the MSS and MSRT?
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Security threat caused by Dropbox?

Recently I received a security threat alert triggered by Dropbox, as seen in the screenshot below: What happened here? Or this is a false alert from Microsoft Security Essentials?
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0answers
150 views

Infection of Trojan:Win32/Agent.ABIC

I have AVG on the majority of my network and a few MS security essentials installs. This bugger has been popping up on MSE on a few PCs and keeps coming back. I've looked at MS's write up of it but ...
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942 views

Can a malicious program infect a computer from another computer on a typical home wireless network?

Can a malicious program infect a computer from another computer on a typical home wireless network?
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402 views

Does Juniper Networks provide keyloggers with their software?

I noticed that I had a "USB Mass Storage Device" plugged in when there wasn't in fact anything plugged in to any USB port. I turned it off via Windows (XP), but it's quite concerning. This was after ...
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388 views

How can I find out if a link is “Clean” or “Dirty”?

Today I received a link in an email. Is there any way to be sure it will not lead to a virus before I open it? I googled it and came up with no hits. EDIT: I have sent a message to the sender ...
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Various ways by which my computer could get infected by Virus

1) What are the different ways by which a computer could get infected by virus or nay other malicious programs. 2) What precaution should I take 3) What to do if I get infected by a new kind of ...
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108 views

Post-compromise security scan; anything else?

My girlfriend checked her Gmail yesterday morning, and then found, later on in the day, that it would no longer accept her password. She also found that this happened to her Hotmail and Yahoo! ...
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2answers
84 views

How to remove AV Security Suite [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I've been hit by this one three times in the last 3 weeks. It just suddenly pops up with a scan and ...
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392 views

How to deal with a trojan infection? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I was browsing some websites and somehow obtained a trojan through some sort of silent download. Google ...
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3answers
910 views

Is my system compromised? I got message about ntoskrnl.exe

I am not sure this question belongs her or not but let me try. When I get to office this morning One of my colligues had a problem with his laptop and told me he had trouble restarting it and when he ...
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4answers
235 views

How does a virus load itself when you start your computer?

What i know is that most viruses use the registry/start up folder to add them to the start up list. Other may use an auto start windows service. What about the rest, if the virus is not in the ...
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4answers
899 views

How do I check if a program can potentially be a virus?

I am running Windows XP in a VM. I want to download a few applications and install the one by one and check if they potentially can be a virus. I assume virus would need to add something to the ...
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can a virus execute by itself?

is there any type of viruses can execute by itself after download then on the HDD without clicking on it?? if there is ..... can you refer me to any sites about them?
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My XP computer is trying to boot into Linux

This has happened twice now. I wake in the morning (yes noon is morning) I go to my computer to find it is stuck in the middle of rebooting. The last few lines of the log show the following. GRUB ...
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3answers
1k views

How do I properly check if a program is a virus/trojan in VMware?

How I should check if a program is a virus in VMware? Some programs I do need admin ability to install and it makes sense. But how do I know if it's doing more than I want? Some thoughts are: How ...
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196 views

Are executables favorite slaves of viruses?

Often viruses are attached to an .exe file. Are executables main target of viruses so as to cause maximum (rather faster) harm on the destination side? Are there any other formats of files or any ...
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Worms vs Virus what's the difference? [closed]

I don't understand very well the difference between viruses ans worms, it seems that worms don't need any host to duplicate himself. But somebody can explain it? It means that a worm IS a soft? and ...
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9answers
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Virus protection for flash drives

At school, there is a large network with lots of non-technical minded people and lots of viruses. How can I protect my flash drive from these worms and viruses so I don't bring them home and infect my ...