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 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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Printer about once a month prints a page with the text 'GGG'. How to troubleshoot?

This occurs randomly and can not be predicted. I have already 3 pages like that collected over the last 3 months. This happens by itself. The user reads a webpage (no clicks for 2 minutes) and ...
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Mac OSX - suspicious redirection of google.com in chrome

I'm doing some traveling and I recently had some weird/suspicious behavior in chrome for Mac OSX (10.6) using a motel wifi: When I went to www.google.com or searched in the chrome toolbar, it ...
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McAfee deleting Counter Strike.exe [closed]

I have got McAfee in my Windows 8 PC. The problem arose when i installed Counter Strike 1.6 on my PC. McAfee quarantined the game launcher file(cstrike.exe) saying it was a "Generic PWS' or ...
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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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Does a virus run under all profiles or only the one that “caught” it?

My computer has the virus that tries to trick the user into buying some kind of Security software. It was installed when I was running the computer under the Administrative account. My questions is, ...
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How to remove this powerful virus? [duplicate]

I faced a powerful virus named 'MOA' (with recycle icon on drive's root) with a null folder and some other files on it. My friend also was attacked 2 month ago by this virus. When this virus attacked ...
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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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Task manager won't start after nasty virus

Had a nasty virus. Got a trojan through a patch to a game I have played a lot (world of tanks). The trojan was named Win32: Patched-ZX. Which opened up for several rootkit(according to AV) and 3 worms ...
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How do I find the source of my virus that creates popups when new programs start up [duplicate]

I have a virus on my windows computer. It seems to create new chrome tabs when I start using a new application. For example, if I go to Youtube and I start up flash, it may create a new tab. When I ...
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How to block an ip address

My sisters laptop is clogging up the router with massive amounts of connections, probably a virus of some sort but various antivirus software found nothing. The connections are from and to ...
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I get all the time a message “contained a virus and was deleted” whenever I try to download a file

I have some virus on my system. when ever I try to download a file (no matter which one) I get a message: "file contained a virus and was deleted". I looked over the internet and saw that some say to ...
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Approx. what fraction of viruses will manipulate the installed antivirus program to make themselves undetected once they are in RAM? [closed]

If this percentage is high, why do people still bother to run AV after the PC is booted; why is it not the norm to boot from media (disc etc.) and then scan the infected disk (when there is no chance ...
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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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Edit Windows startup applications from Linux

I'm dealing with a Windows 7 that has got a virus that starts immediately on startup, locking the screen. It also runs in safemode (even with command prompt only). Only option is to switch the ...
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E-mail fails to download due to virus error

Both Gmail and Yahoo Mail fail to download any files due to virus error since I upgraded my laptop to IE10 and the latest version of Gmail. IE10, Google Chrome and Firefox all do the same thing. The ...
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Windows 7 unreasonable ram usage

I have a fresh install of windows 7, and my ram in normal startup goes up to 2.5 GB. I looked at task manager, and there's at least 1.5 GB missing from there and in resource monitor as well. No ...
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Google Chrome marks my .exe that I uploaded to my website as a virus

I have a personal website that I use for hosting files, etc. It is a .com website, so it isn't a free subdomain (website.000webhost.net, website.x10.mx, etc...) Because it's a personal domain, the ...
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rr.com appended to URL and I don't know why

I've been having some pretty bad and intermittent internet connectivity issues. I keep getting timeouts on my browsers, or what appears to be timeouts on my browsers. In Chrome it's generally error ...
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Do virus scanners scan symlinks?

If a virus scanner (like Microsoft Security Essentials, for example) comes across a symlink'd folder, will it follow through and scan that respective folder, be it on another drive (and how every many ...
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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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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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virus issue not detected by AVG [closed]

I have windows xp SP3 in that I have free AVG antivirus. I have scan the system with AVG but I did not detect any virus in the system. But Problem is windows pc sending a lots of request like below ...
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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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windows explorer keeps restarting every time i try to access files on my external sea gate hard drive

Every time i try to open my external hard drive, there will be a message saying windows explores is restarting. All tabs will be closed and i will not be able to access the files on the said hard ...
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“stop: 0x0000007B (0xBACC3528,0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)” error after launching Eclipse

I am not even sure this is the place to ask such a question but I am desperate right now. I just got blue screen error message on Windows after launching Eclipse. The error code is stop: ...
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How to be safe plugging in an infected USB?

I have an infected USB that is loaded with trojans, spywares, Sality, etc. Basically, I wish to put my important data somewhere, reformat the USB, then restore the data. I have prepared a freshly ...
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Folder (contents) Read Only [duplicate]

Can we revisit the folder (contents) Read Only problem? On my Win 7 PC, after recovering from a virus, which seems to be gone, all of my folders are gray checked Read Only. Removing the check mark, ...
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Do computer viruses affect all user accounts on a computer?

Do computer viruses affect all user accounts on a computer? IF a virus affects a local user will that effect administrator account and vise-versa?
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Did a video kill my motherboard? Can re-use hard drive in a new build? [closed]

For the first time over the past weekend I downloaded a video from a torrent website. It had the most seeds and I had never had problems before so I figured it would be okay. The video was fine no ...
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Remote desktop back to allow after restart

When I start my Win7 ultimate, I choose 'Don't allow connections to this computer' and after restart look again and it back to 'Allow connections...' so I change back to Don't allow and after ...
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computer won't boot from us nor boot in safe mode

The computer of a friend of ours is infected with the Ukash virus, I've created a bootable HitmanPro USB drive to remove the virus but each time I select an option from the hitman boot options the ...
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Possible malware files, cannot determine if a threat

During my routine PC cleaning, I noticed a few things that may have been overlooked by MBAM Pro, Windows Defender, and Spybot S&D (all up-to-date, of course). I have never seen them before, on my ...
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MBR viruses: Is that really possible? What do I have to do to prevent?

I'm going through a real mystery right now. My friend has a Sony Vaio VPCEG notebook and recently it keeps showing the following message: S.M.A.R.T Hard Drive detects Error. Please consider ...
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Browser downloading after virus?

I have cleaned several windows 7 computers from Exploit:Java/CVE-2013-0431. Everything is back to normal on the computers except for one thing... User downloads using any internet browser (port 80 ...
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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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Perl or Sed to remove a web virus

I recently ran across a bit of code injected to all of the files on a web site and I need to use perl or sed to remove it across all the files. I am having trouble coming up with the exact pattern ...
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bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot error

I cannot boot into my Windows version due to a virus, I was able to boot into another partitioned copy of Windows and access msconfig, which I then selected the virus ridden partitioned and checked ...
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How come “viewing images” can be dangerous in email? [duplicate]

Why does viewing an image in a web browser or any other email can pose a security concern? Do some viruses pose as images?
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If I run an infected file on VMware does my main OS gets infected as well? [duplicate]

If it does or could potentially happen what about if I have linux (as an alternative installed native OS) and run VMware in linux to run a windows virtual machine and run it in there?
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What happens if you install an antivirus program with another already installed? [duplicate]

Antivirus software always warns that any other antivirus currently installed should be uninstalled to avoid serious problems. From what I understand, one program may see another AV as a potential ...
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Windows 7 hanging after a few minutes of use

My windows 7 partition (other being mac) has been "hanging" recently. I put hanging in quotes because it's not completely hanging. Here is what happen. I boot it up and I'll open a program or run ...
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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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What does: “The procedure entry point StiCreateInstanceA could not be located in the dynamic link library STI.dll” mean?

I keep getting this message on start up: "The procedure entry point StiCreateInstanceA could not be located in the dynamic link library STI.dll" (only on one of my user accounts on my computer). That ...
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Ensure Virus Protection

I just received a Mac iBook G4 (Mac OS X 10.5.8) from a seller on eBay and want to know how I can ensure that it is virus free. I am a Windows programmer and IT person, so when I receive a new Windows ...
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Can a virus mess with a system's critical temperatures or voltages?

This is somewhat related to this question but at a less serious level - one that causes frustration rather than permanent damage. From programs like CoreTemp and Speedfan, it is clear that there are ...
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Email virus that sends to self?

Has anybody ever heard of an email virus that does something like this: From: [Actual Friend's Name] (mailto: [Different, Unknown Email) To: [My Name] Subject: [My Name] Hello [My Name] bad link ...
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Hitman Pro scan results [closed]

I installed Hitman Pro (trial version) a while ago on the recommendation of someone on either this forum or the MalwareBytes forum when I was trying to remove the globasearch virus from my computer. I ...
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Erratic cursor behavior. Auto scrolls in browsers, slow to respond and moves erratically

My computer is not unusable yet, but its getting there. Inside browser cursor moves in an erratic way. The cursor scroll icon has changed its usual appearance, and it seems to move sometimes on its ...
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deleted Win7 files do not show up in recycle bin

On Windows 7, I do not see files that I delete from the local computer in the Recycle bin. The problem occurs all the time in an otherwise healthy computer. The funny part is that if I have the RECBIN ...