A software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer.

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Is it safe to download DLLs?

From the title, the question you may assume I'm asking is "Can DLLs be malicious?" But I'm really asking if the mere act of downloading a malicious DLL can pose a threat to the security of one's ...
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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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how to remove This ad is provided by SupraSavings

I'm not certain if this is the place where I should ask this question. I've tried everything to remove this virus namely "This ad is provided by SupraSavings" but nothing works. I have Norton and I ...
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Removing nav-links malware in Google Chrome on OS X?

I some how have been infected by the nav-links malware. It's a really annoying malware that shows up like a link on a text and when you click on it you are redirected to some advertised website like ...
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Desktop changes automatically

I have a Windows 7 Desktop for which the Desktop icons change automatically on system restart and creates user account folders without creating user accounts.I have tried removing them but find that ...
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How do I permanently remove the MSR Privoxy?

So recently I got this "virus" from downloading something. This virus keeps on spamming ads and underlining text on a web page to cause you to click a link that will pop-up a new tab. It usually links ...
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Windows 8.1 Suspecious Activity

A new user account automatically is creater again and again no matter how many times I delete it. Its a random string "raxxujpxh" thats appears as a user name. Does anyone know what might be causing ...
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Windows 7 locked out of program files

I while ago my computer crashed and a file in my virus protector got lost in the recovery process. Because of this, I cannot uninstall, reinstall, or install a newer version of the virus protector. ...
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Virtual Machine and Virus

I have a requirement for which I have to get online without protection (firewall, anti-virus). At the same time, I don't want to risk getting infected with viruses. If I install a virtual machine ...
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Chrome redirecting to developer.yahoo.com/yql/console

I was trying to reach nintendo.com and chrome redirected me to developer.yahoo.com/yql/console for a few minutes. All other domains were okay. Another person in my office was able to access the site ...
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Reclaiming an infected pen drive

My pen drive might be infected with virus/malware. I'm running Windows 7. I never stick it into an unsafe computer but this time I had to (because of some urgent work). I haven't inserted it into my ...
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Constant BSODs and boot failures?

I have a Dell Inspiron M5040 running Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit) that I got as a Christmas gift in 2011. Recently, it has been showing signs of weakness. I was suspicious of virus infection after ...
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Strange Browsing History - infected or clicked on a bad link?

Today, I was somehow redirected to a porn site and upon closer inspection of my browsing history, I see four URLs which I did not intentionally visit but may have been a redirect from one to the other ...
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repeated IO on file atiumdva.cap interferes with application functionality

Our java swing application runs on Windows 7 (32 bit) and is having some serious issues. Our latest candidate culprit is that the system, at random intervals, performs millions of reads of 288 bytes ...
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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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How to clean iframeRef.gen virus from HTML files?

I can remove the code manually from affected HTML files. Is there any tool specifically made to repair this virus? Because Windows Defender is so stupid to repair those affected HTML files.
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Removing a nasty virus from my computer [duplicate]

I have opened a link on my FaceBook and downloaded an executable file, unfortunately i run this file, now my browser automatically opens a new tabs that go to some one site which contains a counter ...
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What are the Proper Steps for Complete Restore of Computer after Being Infected?

I feel that many the average computer users come across a similar situation to what I am in now. A situation where these users find that their computers are infected with difficult to remove viruses, ...
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Is it safe to connect a hard drive to my computer to image it if I know it contains a virus?

I was recently asked to help a friend fix a virus laden computer and I was wondering if it is possible for viruses infecting another computers hard drive could pose a possible risk if I connect that ...
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Is this a virus, a dying hard drive, or something else?

Details leading up to problem: I have about 3 year old second hand laptop. I experience two hard drive realted bluescreens, BBCode 7a, within the last month. I ran Chkdsk and found I have 4 ...
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virus infection & task manager [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? For some time, my Task Manager is greyed out when I right click on the taskbar. It's even not shown in the ...
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How to Prevent viruses from creating Autorun.inf in Storage Devices?

One of the solutions i've comeup with is to create a folder named "Autorun.inf" and placing some dummy files inside it so when virus uses the win32 api to delete autorun.inf as a file it will fail ...
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Windows 7 shuts down automatically on delete key press

Whenever i press delete button for deleting files or folder, windows 7 forcly shuts down the system , i m not sure is this virus or any keyboard shortcut malware. on pess key of special char ,its add ...
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Software with Malicious Intent binded to executable?

I had some software created for me by a coder overseas. I'm a little suspicious since the software is executable. I started thinking about the possibility that they could have binded a key logger to ...
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How can I determine if a file or executable has a keylogger included with it?

I had a program created for me recently and didn't really think about it being executable posing a threat since I pretty much trust the source, but not completely. I then thought about the fact that ...
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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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How do I make Windows XP recognize EXEs again?

I've got a virus "first" here. Basically a friend had gotten his system severely infected. He had 8 different viruses, and 157 different pieces of spyware (most of it likely replicated, but still). ...
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Unfamiliar .exe files attempt to run repeatedly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? User Account Control recently alerted me that a program named setupxxxxxxxxx.exe (the x's being seemingly ...
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Why have all .exe files been changed to .ink, except for Opera?

I use Windows XP Home Edition with SP3. All my .exe files were changed to .ink. Now I am unable to open basic Windows programs because they no longer recognize themselves nor have any clue about which ...
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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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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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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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Can opening an email (in Gmail) plant a virus on my computer?

Gmail recommends sending the full message header of a spam email to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov. Source However, in order to get the "full header" you need to open the email Source ...
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How to make all the files in a folder non-executable in Windows 7?

I'm developing an application that deals with viruses. All these viruses are in a folder, it should be possible to read them and add new ones to the folder, however I'd like to make sure that none of ...
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locked folder tell to me how to unlock [closed]

I have window 7 32 bit. I downloaded a programme named 'Photo instrument' in rar format. After extracting the file and installing it some of my folders are locked and I get a message that I need to ...
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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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windows 7: tcp stack broken

Good afternoon, I made the mistake of installing the vlc media player and not noticing the malware bundled with it. My wife is amused that "Mr. Computer" messed up this badly... I removed stij.exe ...
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CPU usage 99% constantly

My computer is running windows 8, and suddenly started running slowly. When I open the task manager, it tells me that the CPU is using 99% - sometimes the disk usages jumps up as well. The strange ...
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System32 folder is empty

This computer got infected by some malware and Windows boots completely fine. I get to the login screen, enter the password and I can access, but them I'm greeted by the virus and I'm unable to do ...
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Password reset resets every password

This morning, I logged onto my PC before heading to college, to check the status of the infamous GameSpy closure, and found that Windows wasn't accepting my password. I then proceeded to boot a ...
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Deleting secure search malware [duplicate]

How do I delete secure search (AVG virus) malware? I am using Firefox as my browser. I am able to bypass it when it appears on start up, but I cannot find and completely remove this irritation?
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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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To what extent does splitting a virus into different files reduce the chance of detection by VirusTotal?

I have a 60 MB file that I want to scan for viruses. VirusTotal's max file size is 20MB. If I zip the 60 MB file into 3 smaller chunks and upload each of them to VirusTotal, to what extent will it ...
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How do I view files inexplicably hidden on an external hard drive? Weird one

Yesterday I traded some files with a friend by hooking up an external hard drive to his computer. I had created a folder with some files in it for him, and likewise created another folder for him to ...
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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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Screen capture virus [duplicate]

A few days ago I noticed that red text that says "Screen Capture" intermittently appears on my screen, usually when I write an email in Outlook 2007. I've run Norton and MalwareBytes but it hasn't ...
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Whenever I open a program, Internet Explorer opens and tries to download it

My Asus laptop had some viruses. I scanned it and deleted 12 viruses but I am still getting problems when starting programs. I tried to open Paint, Task Manager, Regedit, Chrome, etc. but none of ...
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Virus effect on flash drive filesystem (FAT)

I've found viruses on my flash drive, but curing with antivirus didn't solved the consequences. All files and directories on the drive became links (*.lnk files) pointing to a not existing executable ...
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Keyboard keep Typing ]]] by itself

During start up beeping sound came out (sound came recently) As to login, it types automatically with ]]]]]]]]]]], some time PLUS Has to press esc and backspace until the ato-type activity idle for a ...