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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How can I be in danger from viruses and malware?

I have been reading here (in superuser) some questions about the necessity of antivirus software in Windows and some doubts arise. As far as i know (and imagine) virus software can only be harmful if ...
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Lightweight virus scan for win XP [closed]

I have an older machine (athlon 1500+, 1.5Gb RAM) running XP on which I not currently running an on access virus scanner. I do scheduled scans with clamwin and malware bytes. I would like to find a ...
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My system is behaving strangely, is it possible I have a virus?

For the last two days I am experiencing a strange behavior in my computer which I strongly suspect is a virus. So sudden, a series of keyboard events take part in. It tries to open command-prompt and ...
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Best VM for testing files?

What would be the best (and most secure) virtual machine for testing files to see if they are clean? Could I run a program and see all the threads / files that it is writing to the hard drive like ...
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greenlife.no is loading ie instances that redirect to anti-virus software (koobface)

A friend was using my computer and attempted to download flash from an unknown website and inadvertantly infected my computer with a virus. From time to time a new tab opens in IE with a url beginning ...
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HTML/Shellcode.Gen HTML Script Virus

My computer has been infected with the HTML/Shellcode.Gen HTML Script Virus. How could this be affecting Firefox, and how should I remove it completely? I currently have Avira AntiVir installed, and ...
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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 ...
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Can a virus infect an ISO file?

I feel that it's going to be very difficult for a virus to infect an ISO file. What's your experience? Have you seen it happening ever? Is it not nearly unlikely? I ask because I've just found that ...
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Why did my friends get spams from my email?

Recently I got an email with subject like "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)". It had been initially sent to my friend's old email account. The content inside that failed email was obviously one ...
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Reliable source for information on malware behaviour?

Many moons ago, I seem to remember that it was relatively easy to find information on what was the behaviour of particular pieces of malware (as in, "inserts automatic start-up items in registry, ...
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Can a virus from a virtualbox vm affect the host computer?

Can a virus from a VirtualBox VM affect the host computer?
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How to clean a computer with multiple accounts infected with spyware, viruses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? What's the best way to clean a computer with multiple accounts infected with spyware, viruses and malware? ...
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How can I shut down my virus-infected remote desktop PC?

I have a remote PC connected with Remote Desktop as administrator. It was infected by a virus and therefore I can't run task manager or command run. How can I restart or shut down my remote PC? ...
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Ubuntu antivirus server possible?

is it possible to kit out a lot of Ubuntu machines with antivirus protection, then have them point to a central update/administration server?
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Can you get a virus from downloading a .avi file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can avi files contain a virus? Can you get a virus from downloading a .avi file? (say from torrent)
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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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Ever heard of a Windows service called 'darkness'?

Is it a malware? The computer has been diagnosed with some viruses. I've tried looking here but haven't found any information about it yet.
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Clean up infected computer from viruses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I have a computer which had AVG Free installed from day one. After several months of operation, it starts ...
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Is It Possible to Spread Virus Through Online Embedded Video?

I am curious about whether it's possible to embed virus in online video ( in the swf and/or flash format)? Or is it possible to put a virus inside the html5 <video/> tag?
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Rectify virus in LAN

I am sriram, we have a problem our company today, that is virus is attacked our LAN, so please give suggestion to rectify the virus It will effects Taskbar is disabled Network connection is not ...
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How can I make a Windows PC bullet-proof for home users? [closed]

I realize that virus-proof on a Windows PC is far fetched, but in the interest of keeping time spent as the "family-tech-support" to a minimum, I am looking for ideas to lock a computer down to the ...
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How can visiting a webpage infect your computer?

My mother's computer recently became infected with some sort of rootkit. It began when she received an email from a close friend asking her to check out some sort of webpage. I never saw it, but my ...
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IP Address Spoofed? How To Fix

So, today I got banned from the 4 overflows because my IP address was hitting the site like 5,000 times an hour. Right now I am using a different IP to access the site. My question is, is there a ...
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I just got a virus 6 mins ago, how? Situation

-Edit- for the people who say it isn't a virus. Norton does detect it as a virus, an icon was placed on my system tray and rkpg.exe is in my C: which was placed 6 min ago around the time my computer ...
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Why would a Virus want hidden files to be shown?

What else besides a virus would keep turning on "Show Hidden Files" in WinXP discusses the possibility of a virus setting the show hidden files values to true. Why would a virus do this? I ...
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What else besides a virus would keep turning on “Show Hidden Files” in WinXP

I've got a couple of machines that definitely recently had viruses and very likely still do. I've run Norton AV, Radix RootKit remover, Sophos Rootkit remover, Spybot, Ad-Aware, CA Antivirus Plus, ...
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Why the heck does NTFS allow invisible executables?

You can hide any file inside of another file just by typing: type sol.exe > container.txt:sol.exe and to run the file hidden file just use: start c:\hide\container.txt:sol.exe But the crazy ...
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LogMeIn.com and interference on certain websites

I'm using LogMeIn.com to provide over-the-internet computer support to my father-in-law. During the time I install it, the computer had a virus. I was trying to quickly rid the computer of the virus ...
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How do I help somebody that asks me how to fix a PC with a virus?

As a developer, I'm always asked this by friends, family, family members of friends, friends of family members, friends who are in families of friends, and enemies. Because you know, I'm the guy that ...
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Best way to find rogue processes on windows xp

There is a Windows XP machine whose CPU usage is continuously at 100%. When watching processes in the Task Manager (sorted by CPU usage), the percentage does not add up to a 100%. This points to a ...
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How does the Ahnrpta.exe virus infect a machine

My games and multimedia PC has twice now been infected with a virus that loads an executable called Ahnrpta.exe. This is with me being the only user and literally not downloading anything and not ...
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How to stop spyware/adware popups? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I think my brother got a case of adware on his Windows XP PC, since he gets occasional pop-ups out of ...