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Software for protecting against, detecting, and removing viruses, malware, and other potential threats to a computer system.

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Looking for a offline antivirus [closed]

I need a reliable (commercially licensed) virus scanner to scan USB sticks for threats. My first instinct was to use Windows Defender as it is cheap, easy to use and easy to install (if an infection ...
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New install - Windows 10 Pro 21H2 Security Tab missing from "Update & Security" & unable to locate Defender Antivirus

New install of Windows 10 21H2 from official Micriosoft ISO. I have two issues. Issue 1 If I Click Start Button > Settings > Update & Security Normally the third option down the list on the ...
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What would be best practices to protect pc from malware and hijack? [duplicate]

Some of my devices got hijacked and virused recently. I tried to buy a couple of antiviruses such as avast for 60e p/m and others, but that did not get rid of the malware. After some research, I find ...
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How to kill/terminate 360 process on Windows?

I wondering if it's possible to terminate 360 Total Security from command line on Windows. I tried pskill.exe QHSafeTray.exe Unable to kill process Access denied Also tried taskkill /f /im QHSafeTray....
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What should be in the Windows Defender, Diagnostics folder in the registry?

How many entries should there be? One Windows 10 PC has 6 entries, another has 3, in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft Defender\Diagnostics. Examples, from one machine:- RollbackToPlatformVersion ...
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How to make antivirus ignore my programs?

Is there any way to prevent my antivirus from flagging my programs on my computer and slowing their execution by scanning them constantly? I've written them, so I know they're OK. Disabling antivirus (...
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What does this "IDP.SideLoad.Applaunch3" virus do?

I am running Windows 10. I recently installed Avast antivirus. It kept one file in quarantine: MoUSO.exe because of "IDP.SideLoad.Applaunch3": Google gave irrelevant results on this virus.
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How to start in SpyHunter 5 scan offline?

currently I collect good tools to remove malware in sad case of getting infected despite live-protection from AV. Now I'm interested in SpyHunter 5. Despite being aware of program suspicious past I ...
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How to stop smadav from starting on boot completed?

I really do not know what is wrong with this software, I do not wish the program to launch after signing in so I decided to disable its startup from the startup section of the task manager. Still when ...
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Thunderbird takes 5+ min to start up

Since upgrading to Thunderbird 91 (currently 91.7.0), it consistently takes 5+ minutes to start [Windows 10 Pro x64 v. 21H2], even in Troubleshooting Mode (all extensions disabled). I can see the Disk ...
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Parse ClamAV scan file

I'm completely new to ClamAV I am setting up ClamAV on one laptop located behind VLAN and I don't have the option to monitor result. Still I need to know the result of the scan hence I decided to ...
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Can I delete Mcafee files in CatRoot folder after uninstalling Mcafee?

I have uninstalled Mcafee yesterday. And used the McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool (MCPR). But after I did that, Mcafee files still appeared. Most of the files came from the path C:\Windows\...
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Avoid Antivirus AVG using too much CPU to check a Python script

I am currently developing a Python script that performs some http requests and uses a webdriver. When I run the script from Pycharm, AVG starts performing some sort of scanning that reduces the ...
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Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Service won't start and unable to change Startup Type from Manual

(I'm running Windows 11) Windows Defender is running and Real-time protection is turned on according to the Windows Security settings page. Screenshot The screenshot shows the highlighted service from ...
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Norton Antivirus protection has expired popup windows keep on showing up over and over again even though I have uninstalled it

Every few days, this popup keeps returning even though I had already uninstalled Norton from my computer a few months ago (the pop-ups were a nuisance). Clicking on the "Uninstall" button ...
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How to delete RAV Antivirus on my Windows 10

How can I delete RAVAntivirus from my computer. There is no way I can delete this outrageous app from my computer. There will be an error in the control panel, as well as uninstall.exe, the folder ...
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Is there any point in scanning video files with MS Defender?

I have a policy of always scanning any newly-aquired files with MS Defender before I open them. But I've noticed that if I scan a video file then no matter how large the file, MS Defender will near-...
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Why is it difficult to delete Avast Antivirus? Is there a permission bug in windows?

I just uninstalled avast via its own uninstaller and I realized there is some empty folders and registry record that it left. I tried to delete them with normal methods but I could'nt. so I re-...
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Does the "PlatformRollbackMethod" Windows Defender event indicate an issue?

For about a month I've been seeing this "PlatformRollbackMethod" in event viewer (Microsoft-Windows-Windows Defender/Operational) Is this a common event, or an unusual one that might ...
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Windows Defender Exclusions

If a virus added itself to windows defender exclusions, it will never be scanned. However would windows defender still remove its startup registry keys and scheduled tasks? Windows defender is the ...
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Way to ensure that my antivirus is flagging a false positive

So I recently bought Tom Clancy's Splinter cell and Splinter cell: Chaos theory on Steam. While the games work perfectly, as soon as I run them, my antivirus flags them as keyloggers and blocks them(...
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Can I tell windows to never allow specific apps (or apps with specific publishers) to be installed? [duplicate]

Periodically I get a panicked call from my mum because her computer is saying it's got a virus and she needs to renew her antivirus in order to fix it. She's on a licensed copy of Windows which has ...
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My mouse cursor is self-clicking and flickering

My mouse cursor is behaving like mad, it's continuously self-clicking. Option of left-click appear without me clicking it and it selects on of the option from the list. Especially while browsing it ...
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Why do all antivirus flag all keygen, crack or hacks as a threat?

I've been using computer for 20 years and I've used many antivirus. And I have had many "cracking software" laying around on the various PCs that I have used. These include keygen, software ...
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How to update Quicken on PC while leaving ON TrendMicro

Im on an HP Spectre laptop, Windows10 Home 20H2.... So about 1 year or so ago I tried to update quicken while keeping my TrendMicro AV on as usual and the update always failed. Quicken downloads and ...
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Bitdefender Free Antivirus Detected an Injection: Injection was being performed by OpenWith.exe

I was just trying to open a .txt file and when I clicked on it, it asked me to choose a program to open the file with. I clicked on the app and the box disappeared. I tried it multiple times and after ...
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How to use BootSectorScan with MpCmdRun (Windows)

The MpCmdRun documentation, such as it is, shows the existence of a "-BootSectorScan" option which "enables boot sector scanning" and that is "only valid for custom scan[s]&...
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Way to turn off Default windows antivirus completely using Cmd? [duplicate]

I need a batch script to turn of default windows defender because I have a separate antivirus. Windows keeps turning its own antivirus on every like 5 seconds and its annoying for excluded files on my ...
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automatically update Microsoft Defender Antivirus defentions - Windows 10 Pro

tl;dr I would like Windows Update to automatically download and install only the updates "Security Intelligence Update for Microsoft Defender Antivirus". Currently, Windows Update policy is ...
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McAfee leftovers won't delete

So the problem is that after deleting McAfee, it left two folders full of other folders and files (Common Framework and Endpoint Security). I tried deleting them manually but at first, it kept showing ...
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Windows Defender scans more files than there are on my drive

I'm trying to run a Windows Defender full scan, but it seems to be scanning more files than are on my PC (32M files) and the progress bar doesn't move, even though the number of files scanned ...
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Why my processes are connecting to 3rd party software website [duplicate]

After installing the process hacker I noticed that in-network section most of the processes is connecting to a 3rd party software called "partitionwizard" both of the local and remote ...
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Malicious process detected on Powershell while working on my React Native project, what should I do?

My Rav Antivirus showed me this message while working on my React Native project. What does it mean and what should I do?? I was working on my college project and i'm not familiar with security and ...
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Get virus/threat information from microsoft via threat id [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place for a question like this but: first, I have a virus report from windows defender with a threat id. For example this is the threat id of the eicar testfile: &...
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Use WBEMTEST to add antivirus guid so fortigate FW will recognize it

I'm trying to enable "host checker" (checks if the host has antivirus) in my FortiGate FW. After doing so I cant login to VPN (crash at 80%) - after disabling Host Checker I'm able to login ...
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Why should an Antivirus component use 27GB of data

For the first time, I checked my data usage (past 30 days) on my Windows laptop and I was surprised to see this I'm using an antivirus called K7 Total Security, and I'm aware that it updates very ...
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Completely remove McAfee Endpoint Encryption using command prompt

So what happened was that I was manually uninstalling all McAfee software I had on my windows pc and I uninstalled them all except for the Endpoint Encryption. I have uninstalled the McAfee agent so ...
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After Installing Bitdefender Window System Boot is too slow

Slow Boot after Installation of Bitdefender Total Security 2021: I have installed Bitdefender Total Security 2021 a week ago. And I am now having a problem with my System's boot. I am now using ...
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Can I stop my Windows Antivirus Defender from deleting my OWN app?

I am learning python and I scripted and compiled my own executable for my personal use. This is just an app that I made to launch other apps, but this Windows Antivirus Defender keeps seeing it as a ...
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Is it possible for a wireless mouse to be malicious?

Is it possible for a wireless mouse to be malicious? (Or, said better, how likely is it that a wireless mouse is malicious?) I bought online a cheap wireless mouse (which works well btw), however, ...
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How do I figure out whether this is a bug or how do I debug what is trying to access my webcam?

Similar question, which has a different question (since my AV doesn't even know the process ID or similar): Antivirus warns about processes trying to access my webcam I am using ESET Internet Security ...
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Person I bought laptop from is sharing AVG subscriptions with me without my knowledge

Should I be creeped out by this? I bought my laptop from this guy in my town about 5 months ago and immediately downloaded AVG as I normally do after purchasing new PC / laptops. After I did my ...
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My PC Restarted for the reason i dont know [closed]

Hello I am using Windows 10 and i downloaded a file after opening it the sound glitched and my pc restarted and my pc logged out from my all accounts. Is this can be a virus my antivirus detected ...
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How to find all startup apps?

So whenever I start my PC there's this pop-up that says "Windows can't find C:\Users[Name]\etc\etc\etc" and I tried to remove whatever was happening from Startup but couldn't find anything. ...
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Norton Security gets installed by itself

I never installed any Norton product on my Windows 10 PC. But suddenly I found Norton security installed and Windows defender (Windows security) deactvated. I uninstalled the Norton Security with ...
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How can I programmatically enable Tamper Protection in Microsoft Defender Antivirus without using Intune or Defender for Endpoint?

I'm working in an environment that has no licensing for Intune or Defender for Endpoint. Microsoft Defender Antivirus is configured via Group Policy. How can I programmatically turn on Tamper ...
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Windows Defender

I recently had some malware on my computer and it blocked the Microsoft Defender from running the offline scan ( I tried all of the normal ways to get it started again but they didn't work, so I just ...
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How to choose the Anti-Virus to use? [closed]

There are many Anti-Virus and Internet Security software brands like: Nod32, Kaspersky, Norton, Panda, etc. All of these companies said they are the best, they are the number one. But that no make ...
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Antivirus behaving in a strange way

I was writing my program as usual, but when I compiled one file the Windows Defender treated it as "Trojan:Script/Wacatac.B!ml" couple times before suddenly becoming silent, then I did a ...
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Can virus hide into installer files?

You get a zip file from somewhere, download it (several files) and you get the executable ones and send them to VirusTotal.com for example. They appear clean. Could it happen that the installer is ...
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