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 do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC?

What should I do if my Windows computer seems to be infected with a virus or malware? What are the symptoms of an infection? What should I do after noticing an infection? What can I do to get rid of ...
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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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Can AVI files contain a virus?

I'm downloading an AVI file via a torrent, but my anti-virus detects something. Is it possible that the AVI file contains a virus? It is quite weird since the torrent has many positive reviews.
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Is my host machine completely isolated from a virus-infected virtual machine?

If I am running a Windows 7 virtual machine on a Windows 7 host using VMWare or VirtualBox (or anything else) and the virtual machine is completelly overloaded with viruses and another malicious code, ...
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Virtual Machine and Virus

I have a requirement for which I have to get online without protection (firewall, anti-virus). At the same time, I don't want to risk getting infected with viruses. If I install a virtual machine ...
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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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Can a virus melt the CPU?

I was just wondering if a virus could melt a CPU by altering te voltage in the bios. :) (and no, I'm not planning on making that kind of a virus...)
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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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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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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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Can a Virus Enter via Ubuntu and affect Windows in dual boot?

I have a Windows XP Pro dual booting with Ubuntu Jaunty Jackelope on a single hard drive. On Windows XP I have a Eset NOD 32 while on Ubuntu I have no antivirus installed. While working on the ...
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Virus / Malware: Explorer window with strange user logged into Hotmail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I was looking into a PC, the user of which had complained that he couldn't connect to the internet and ...
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Windows 7 UAC (user access control) is being disabled on every reboot

To put it simply, I noticed UAC was disabled so I enabled it. I was prompted to reboot the computer for the changes to take effect. Upon my reboot I checked the settings again as I hadn't disabled UAC ...
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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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How to make USB drive or pen drive write protected? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to write protect a USB key ? I have a pen drive which I used to carry some files from my laptop to other public computers, these public computers are virus infected. ...
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Vundo/VirtuMonde detection application?

I think a netbook I'm tasked with getting back into shape might have the Vundo/Virtumonde virus. I've run MS Security Essentials, Malwarebytes and Spybot but it's not spotting it. I know this is a ...
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After virus, Chrome & Internet Explorer won't connect to the internet, but Firefox works fine

I cannot connect to the internet with Chrome or Internet Explorer. Firefox works fine. It seems it happens when I was infected by a "Trojan Horse Generic 17.BWIK", "Trojan Horse SHeur.UHL" and ...
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How do I clean up virus induced hidden files and disabled everything?

I'm working on a Windows XP computer that had the unfortunate experience of being infected by mal-ware that pretty much disabled everything. I was able to clean the computer using a combination of ...
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Why shouldn't we open an image in an email?

Most email clients do not display an image by default in the content of an email. But I don't understand this yet. How can displaying image job attack the computer?
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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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Virus…? Tons of people talking. Not sure where else to ask

I really wasn't sure where to ask this, here, gaming, stack overflow, it can fit into any of them but I'll post it here. Sorry if I'm posting in the wrong area. I was playing Half-Life just now and ...
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How to remove shortcut virus from usb-flash-drive

My usb-falsh-drive have shortcuts of every folder and even if I deleted They are remaining same. Have any one experienced it? How to remove or prevent it? Thanks in advance, Vicky
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Can mp3 file contain a virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can avi files contain a virus? Can mp3 file contain an executable virus? I mean .mp3 files only (not .mp3.exe , not an .exe renamed to .mp3 and smtg like that).
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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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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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Is it possible to find the origin of a virus?

Is there any method with which you can determine the origin for a given piece of malware in Windows? One of my PCs was recently infected with the PWS:Win32/Zbot.gen!AP password stealing trojan. Is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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IE homepage set to some site I don't know about

Looks like I have some kind of virus on my computer. The default home page for Internet Explorer keeps getting set to some site called socio.fusionace.com Gmail has also been giving me problems in ...
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How to format a memory card which is infected by a virus and antivirus is not able to delete it

I've bought a memory card which is recently infected by a virus. I tried to scan it with latest Bitdefender 2014 and Norton 2014 they both failed to delete the virus. Then I deleted the partition and ...
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Prevent Sending Spam with my Yahoo Account?

Today morning I found my Yahoo Mail account sent several emails with Subject re: and this body : this is crazy you should give it a look http://www.wanews15.net/biz/?news=9080205 to all my contact ...
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Conficker keeps coming back

I hadn't run into anyone who actually got this virus until recently when dealing with a new client that didn't believe in patching their systems and consquently have been hit with this pest. I was ...
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What is 1UnHooker.sys?

I'm still searching for a solution to my problem as I stated in my previous question (UAC being turned off every time Windows 7 starts (once a day)). Today, a program called SpyHunter found an unknown ...
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Folders disappear every time Windows XP starts up

Symptoms: Whenever my Windows XP machine starts up, subfolders disappear from the first top-level folder, listed alphabetically (eg. from "C:\AA Backups"). The first time it happened I suspected user ...
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Excel,word,pdf files got encrypted by ransomware

My MS Office files and pdf files has been encrypted by some ransomware in my pc which was running window XP. I removed the ransomware,formated the OS and put windows 7, but my files are still ...
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Do I have a virus? What is this green icon?

Just got a new computer at work and was just starting to install all of my required software on it. I downloaded something and may have installed it by mistake (it could have been TortoiseSVN). ...
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W32.Sality Virus Cleaning/Disinfecting tool, Please HELP [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Is there any anti virus or tool which cleans or disinfect the w32.Sality virus instead of ...
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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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Skype “haha foto” virus

There is a new Skype worm that is spreading very fast and the detection rates are very low: analisys It creates groups from all your contacts and sends "haha foto" followed by a link. At the time of ...
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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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What are ways to prevent files with the Right-to-Left Override Unicode character in their name (a malware spoofing method) from being written or read?

What are ways to avoid or prevent files with the RLO (Right-to-Left Override) Unicode character in their name (a malware method to spoof filenames) from being written or read in a Windows PC? More ...
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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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How to be certain you don't have a virus when anti-virus scanners find nothing malicious? (Windows 7)

I recently spent many hours troubleshooting a laptop that could not connect to the internet. The laptop exhibited no other unnatural behavior, and so my first thoughts were to try connecting to other ...
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Worms vs Virus what's the difference? [closed]

I don't understand very well the difference between viruses ans worms, it seems that worms don't need any host to duplicate himself. But somebody can explain it? It means that a worm IS a soft? and ...
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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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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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Can system restore remove virus from the computer?

Can a system restore to a past time remove the virus from the computer?
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can a virus execute by itself?

is there any type of viruses can execute by itself after download then on the HDD without clicking on it?? if there is ..... can you refer me to any sites about them?