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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Do i need to format my pc before installing mcafee antivirus? [closed]

Recently brought McAfee antivirus plus 2013. I was wondering if I first need to format my laptop(win 8) before installing it. Or it does it not matter if in case there is some viruses present on my ...
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How to prevent possible virus in VM affects host computer but let VM has internet access/file transfer? [duplicate]

I would like to use VM as a testing place and virus may happen in VM. I know if I totally cut off any internet setting and no file sharing with VM, then VM is safe except for senior hacker, but how ...
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Administrator privileges on Windows 7 Home Premium

I've been infected with the Conduit Search virus, and I need admin privileges to delete the files with Spybot. However, it seems like I can't get access to them with Windows 7 Home Premium. I use a ...
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How can I retrieve files from a virus-infected flasdrive?

I'm pretty sure it's the "New Folder.exe" referenced above. How can I get my files off without carrying the infection along with them?
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I can only install drivers in safe mode

Recently, I've ran into a problem regarding the Hamachi network driver which just wouldn't install. I thought it was a hamachi specific problem but turns out I can't install any other driver either, ...
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How to find out if my MBR is infected?

I imagine that bootkits and other malware can install themselves in the MBR and be invisible to antivirus software running after the MBR was executed. Is there any way to execute an antivirus scan on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Dualbooted pc: would a virus downloaded on linux infect windows?

Most, if not all Linux and Mac users don't use antivirus. If you dualboot your pc, and you catch a virus on some website or whatever. Would it affect your windows partition if it's mounted on linux? ...
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Unknown process named “wuowoo” running in Windows 7

Today I am reviewing the system's performance through Task Manager in Windows 7 and I noticed a process named wuowoo.exe. I googled it and checked in SuperUser site also but I can't find any ...
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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?

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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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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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?