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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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 ...
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Malware duedue.scr? [duplicate]

I recognized that my computer(Win7) always created some links to any usb stick which was connected. These links were called something like videos, pictures and so on. Referring to user directories in ...
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Accepting unkown users in Skype, any threat for malware?

Occasionally (as in once per week or so) I receive contact requests, but don't recognize the username. Sometimes this is simply because someone I know uses a username I am not aware of, but just as ...
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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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dell desktop going into sleep mode when I start it and not waking up

OS - Windows 7 Home I updated some virtualbox machine stuff (like upgrading the software and deleting some virtual machines and creating some new ones) and then updated some divx (that also installed ...
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Securely transferring files to new computer

I currently have a really old computer with tons of viruses on it and I have bought a new one recently to replace it. The problem is I still have some files on my old computer that I need but I'm ...
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Is it possible for virus in windows to infect ubuntu?

I have a triple boot, windows 7 , 8 and ubuntu. Is it possible that any spyware or virus in windows will also harm ubuntu or spy during ubuntu session ?
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system clock keep changing

I'm using Windows 7 and the system clock is almost stuck within two hours. When I change it to the right time, the clock will stick to the right time + 2 hours (after reaching the right time + 2 hours ...
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usb flash drive contents replaced with a single shortcut

I was confused when I opened my flash drive all I saw was a shortcut with its target as C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe ~$WO.FAT32,_ldr@16 desktop.ini RET TLS " " You may refer to the images I ...
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Fairly new drive has high usage but slow speed. Whole system running hot

I originally suspected malware, because my pointer skips and my system gets slower and slower by day. I recently had a reg entry get messed up for no reason. But after talking with some people in chat ...
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Is it possible to recover a bricked computer?

I received a complaint from a relative, that their computer had crashed. Me, being the nice relative I am, agreed to take a look. They told me that just before it crashed they received a message ...
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Virus found at [win32:rootkit-gen] at c/program files/common file/odbc/comp.exe Should i remove?

my antivirus found a virus named "win32:rootkit-gen" at this location c/program files/common file/odbc/comp.exe Should i remove that virus or tell my antivirus to ignore it.Is it an imp windows ...
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USB malfunction preventing system shutdown and My Computer page fails to load

I own a Lenovo G530 which is running Window XP Service Pack 3. I have run into some problem which concerns the USB ports. Yesterday, I inserted a USB flash drive (pen drive) into one of the port. ...
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Windows 7 does not recognize any USB drive with my user account

I can't use any USB flash drive in my computer, as when I insert them, there is an error that says that I can't and if I want to format it. It happens with every usb and just when I log in with my ...
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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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Can a virus send mail from my computer if I don't have Outlook?

My ISP does not allow SMTP port 25 connections outside its network but only port 587. I don't use a desktop mail client like Outlook. Can a virus still send spam mail from my computer? How?
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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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Why is Avast Antivirus saying Minecraft.exe opened a threat?

I've had this launcher for over a year, no problems. It's the regular Minecraft.exe launcher you can find on minecraft.net. All of a sudden, when I opened it, Avast said it blocked a malware site. The ...
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No URL loads, just opens a blank page

I guess this is a virus or hijack program. I have now Firefox 18.0.2 installed. The problem is: no URL is loaded, Firefox doesn't show any warning, just a blank page. If I enter an URL in the address ...
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how to fix external HDD become 1.0KB shortcut

When i open my external hdd, all i can see is just 1.0kb shortcut that is the same name as my external hdd and when i click it i would redirect me all my files. even my flashdrive is experiencing the ...
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Windows Security-Center service always disabled and Microsoft Security Essentials won't start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I'm not sure if I'm having some kind of infection on my mother's client. When I logged ...
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Can a virus travel with an image having normal extension? [closed]

Just because of curiosity, Is it possible to have virus or any malware in images with normal extension? Thanks
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How to remove the FBI Ransomware malware? [duplicate]

A computer in our household got hit by the FBI "ransomware" virus. Here are details of what happened (Win 7 Home Premium): Family member was in a forum. AVG Free (which was up-to-date) warned of ...
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“Windows Calculator” process running at 100%, virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? Yesterday my gf was browsing one site and clicked one of those tricky and shady ads. ...
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Virus or hardware failure?

I've been having an extremely odd problem with my desktop computer. It's a custom build (not built by me) running windows xp. Every so often 1 cpu (it's an amd x2) starts maxing out. When I look in ...
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What to do if virus not detected by current anti virus program?

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I found a file in c:/Users/name/AppData/Local called shanjou.dll I noticed it when I ran msconfig and had a look through why my startup was taking a long time ...
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How to detect the application/process that's using the camera?

The light that near the camera on my laptop is lighting although I'm not using it. Seems it's a virus or an unknown application. How can I detect the application/process that's using the camera ?
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File name: 'winmail.dat' Virus name: 'ExceedinglyInfected'

Everytime I send a zip file off via my corporate account the recipient gets this message back: FILE DELETED The original contents of this file have been replaced with this message because of its ...
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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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Google Chrome Random Pictures?

I originally asked this question on Yahoo Answers, but I decided to ask it here as well. Basically, I opened up Google Chrome one day and it was showing random pictures where there shouldn't be any. ...
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Random 'Drivers installed message' appeared and lost internet connection suddenly

A notification randomly appeared while I was using my computer at the bottom right of the screen informing me 'Drivers had been successfully installed' and the Internet connection disconnected ...
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Why do scan results of hacked/hacker applications always indicate infection? [closed]

Whenever I scan a patch, keygen or a hacked application (using an online scanner service which scans with 20+ different antivirus software) the results always say that the file is infected. Do hackers ...
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Connecting an infected HDD externally to another PC

I have a laptop HDD that contains one or more viruses. I want to remove it and connect it via a SATA-to-USB connector to my desktop computer, right-click the drive, then click "scan for viruses". Is ...
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I can't open/ping any antivirus sites

I have a problem with a virus in windows 7, I don't know what kind of virus is infected my OS, I installed kasersky antivirus, and clear all detected viruses. After that I can't open any antivirus ...
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Removal of Svchost.exe virus

My computer has blue screened on and off over the past week or so and a system restore had fixed this up until yesterday. Yesterday I noticed that Norton Antivirus kept sending a notification that ...
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Lightweight non-intrusive virus/malware protection for Windows Vista? [closed]

I don't know much about Windows, but my girlfriend has a windows Vista laptop and it seems to get frequently bogged down by the McAfee virus/malware protection she has installed and it becomes almost ...