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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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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Javascript pop-ups on desktop [on hold]

Hi I have javascipt pop-ups on my desktop and I'm not sure what they are or where they come from. They are always from weird websites that I have never visited and are usually in another language. ...
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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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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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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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Safari won't load Gmail [closed]

I have an iMac (OS X Mavericks 10.9.2) and after a few days, Safari wouldn't load Gmail. I also used Google Chrome for a while but now it stopped working. I then found out that I have a virus on my ...
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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 ...
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How to monitor what triggers randomly starting program?

BACKGROUND INFO Hi, so the following has happened to me: Suddenly I realize that the program on Windows 8.1 that was associated with .mp3 files randomly starts, sometimes multiple times per minute. ...
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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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Write-protected USB Spotlight V-100 hidden files (don't have a Mac)

I am having trouble with my USB. I have used it for a few months without any trouble, but a couple of days ago it started saying that I cannot delete anything or save any new files because it is ...
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I cannot uninstall deal4me program

When I try it doesnt do anything. I have tried various online walkthroughs as well as malware bytes and avast anti virus, in safe mode and normal. I still have not been able to get rid of it, are ...
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USB Virus, “Program too big to fit in memory”?

I got an installer for a piece of software via usb from a friend.Now what was weird was that although my friend and I had the same OS, same brand of laptop and I had a newer version (though I don't ...
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Can Malware damage to the files existing on the host?

I'm somewhat aware of Malware and their actions. And also know how to get rid of them and clean the machine. And about the Malware, we all know that Malware can spread in the form of a Worm or a ...
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Is the guideline: don't open email attachments or execute downloads or run plug-ins (Flash, Java) from untrusted sites enough to avert infection? [closed]

I'd like to know if the following is enough to avert malware as I feel that the press and other advisory resources aren't always precisely clear on all the methods as to how PCs get infected. To my ...
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The eval(base64_decode()) virus has infected a server. Would removing executable permissions help solve the issue?

The eval(base64_decode()) has infected a server. This is a PHP virus that uses the eval function in PHP and replicates itself to all the PHP files on the system as far as I'm certain. Would removing ...
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GameOver Zeus and Cryptlocker Viruses [duplicate]

I was wondering considering there are a lot of professional coders out there is there any counteraction for the GameOver Zeus and Cryptlocker viruses that have been all over the news? I mean for ...
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How to remove Write Protection appears due to a virus

I have follow up the below process in cmd DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly Disk attributes cleared successfully. Even I do that it displaying Read-only:yes,So I guess It happens because ...
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Blocking ransom-ware like Cryptolocker

Here's the scenario. We've got around 15 - 25 physical machines, a few virtual ones, 3 or 4 file servers, mobile devices - the works in a single domain. A user reported that they'd been infected with ...
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Windows XP end of support [duplicate]

I recieved an email saying that Windows XP's support is ending. I have a computer with Windows XP and I want to know what are the risks on this computer that this page (linked in the email) doesn't ...
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Can a virus “attach” to an executable? [closed]

My understanding is that a virus is an executable - and thus it needs to be executed to do anything. When you execute a virus (program), the process will be able to do whatever malicious thing it is ...
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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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File hiding virus for USB

Every time i connect any USB flash drive the files become hidden i know how to view the files but i cant get that damn virus from my PC i believe that this a virus so i installed Avira 2014 and ...
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Virus on vdi files dangerous for host machine? [duplicate]

I want to use the preinstalled vdi files from virtualboxes.org because it saves me time having it already built for me (what's not to like?). I don't know if they have viruses on them (they very well ...
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CryptoLocker Ransomware. Can you recover files? [duplicate]

Today one of our PCs got infected with nasty CryptoLocker trojan crap. The PC was a Windows XP machine with up-to-date NOD32 a/v. As you probably know the virus encrypts your file with an 2048 bit ...
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Oracle VirtualBox networking - Can I make a network that doesn't use any of the host computers?

I'm planning to test viruses, and I don't want it getting to my other computers on my network, so nobody else will be mad. Is there a way to make a network like that? I've been watching danooct1 and ...
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lsass.exe constantly using about 25% of CPU

Recently noticed that my computer was running a bit slow and saw that a program which I have never seen before, lsass.exe is using about 25% of my cpu nearly all of the time. If I close it I receive ...
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Issue with chrome http://www.games-misc.com/?f

I am not sure if its OK to post this in here but i have a very annoying problem or a computer virus maybe. the chrome browser keeps opening a new tab with http://www.games-misc.com/?f written at ...
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Virus on my Webserver: How to get rid of it?

I did a website for my clients and recently stumbled upon a lot of issues with it - i guess it got hacked. (It's based on the latest wordpress version, and for a while the index.php file always got ...
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How can I explain what a computer virus is to people who are not familiar with computers and programming?

I have to teach a group of non-CS students what computer viruses are. The course material contains only definitions and some details about what those viruses do. But those things are known to everyone ...
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A (probable) virus has rendered two hard disks unreadable. How can I recover them?

Warning in advance that this going to be a slightly long one. I had an old Dell laptop running XP die last year due to returning a HDD read error when attempting to boot. I booted from a live linux ...
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Edit startup applications of “dead” Windows

My Windows computer is infected by a virus similar to this one that blocks user screen completely (even Ctrl+Alt+Del is not working). It starts when user enters into his account. Safe mode doesn't ...
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Can't access any Microsoft Website :( Others are fine

I have tried all the websites - microsoft.com, windows.com, live.com, even bing.com won't open. All other websites are opening. What is the problem? Google Chrome just gives the error that the website ...
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How to tell where a particular software is coming from [duplicate]

In the University repair shop I work for, we see a lot of the same viruses/spyware/adware/ransomware in a lot of cases. Is there any way we can trace back to where a file or software package ...