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Questions tagged [spyware]

Spyware is a computer program which collects information about the user such as habits on the Internet and transmits that information to an external entity on the Internet without user knowledge or consent.

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Usable network speed increases when screen is locked, why?

While diagnosing my slow network, I've noticed that my connection speeds up whenever I lock my screen. The peaks in the linked image correspond exactly to when my screen is locked (using Win+L), and ...
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How can I log web traffic of a given chrome exension, such as a tab manger?

Is it possible to audit or log the network traffic generated by a given Chrome plugin? Why? It appears that tab manager plugins in Chrome require extensive permissions, since they all seem to require ...
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Is this a virus? Hexagonal shaped icon preventing Windows 10 shutdown

This app is preventing a shutdown in Windows 10, and I cannot find it in the process list. Any ideas what it is? Do you know what this icon is for?
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Could this well known software be a spyware?

Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, which offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services. This ...
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Search in Chrome is occasionally being hijacked by a rogue extension. Short of testing each one, how can I figure out which one it is?

Every few searches I do from the omnibar, the Google search results will appear, then the page flashes, reloads, and shows search results in Bing instead. I'm on a relatively clean macOS install, so ...
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Is Anki (for Windows) open-source and safe? [closed]

Is Anki’s (for Windows) source code available? On this page, the Windows tab doesn't show a source download. But its Linux tab does. Is Anki for Windows safe, i.e. malware/spyware free?
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Svchost.exe using upload

I've noticed that This program Svchost.exe (a windows program) uses a little bit of upload whenever I do something. Its not slowing my PC down or anything, I'm just monitoring it and it uploads a ...
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Detect spying - all options [closed]

There are some similar questions, but none of them comprehensively address all the possibilities of spying as I will try to. I'm fairly sure my spouse has arranged some method of spying mainly on my ...
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How did my computer screen became a camera?

Today I accidentally found that the camera shows the image of my screen while I can see nothing in Scanners and Cameras: The webcam used to return no camera, but this time it shows my screen. How ...
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Does Mozilla Thunderbird Portable contain a spyware/adware?

Some time ago I downloaded a portable version of Mozilla Thunderbird email client form http://portableapps.com/ Today I looked at its TCP connections: 23.52.27.27 a23-52-27-27.deploy.static....
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Unable to disable Compatibility Telemetry in Windows 10

Methods Failed to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry: Method 1: Use O&O ShutUp10 Used latest version released on 7-Mar-'17 Method 2 (CMD commands) mentioned here : sc delete DiagTrack sc ...
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I gave full access to a webmaster (freelance) how do i check for malicious scripts/viruses that he could have left?

How to be sure that the website's security isn't under any risk after he has done his job? (I'm a beginner, I use Ubuntu-16.04-PHP). Thank you!
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MyWeb.house has hijacked my chrome on mac?

I have no idea where this come from. Perhaps I installed some apps or some extensions. Recently it keeps pop up in my chrome. I've googled and found out that there's no answer. Has anyone have the ...
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Prevent browser addons from “phoning home”

In principle, any browser add-on can spy on me by collecting browser history, webmail or other sensitive data. AFAIKS, it could send this data back to its creator using either XMLHttpRequest() or ...
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Does Paint add an IP address onto pictures?

Does Paint put an IP address (or something else) into a .jpg file? OS: Windows 8.1
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Windows 10 eats up my bandwidth through discrete processes

Ever since I have upgraded to windows 10, first with the feature that allowed seeding for other people to download the OS and now with a plethora of named procceses on the task manager, it has used up ...
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Firefox and System connects to novastor.com despite not being installed [W7]

Okay this is weirdly creepy. This has been happening for a few months now. Novastor.com logs Resource monitor logs show my computer connecting to novastor.com despite currently not being installed. ...
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Decrypt files encrypted by LeChiffre ransomware

Over the weekend, my personal server got hit with the LeChiffre ransom ware. Unfortunately, they were able to get in due to an insecure Active Directory account. I've since disabled all accounts and ...
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How is Intel spying on my computer?

I received the following popup today for the first time having used this computer continuously since it was configured about 8 months ago: From the statement that "status as of last system boot" it ...
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How do I find out to what hostname a potential malware wants to connect?

Without connecting my computer to Internet. I can only think about netstat and packet capturing tools, but I dont really know which method is suitable.
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Lock access to external USB disk

I am using an external USB3 disk drive for backups. My PC works under Windows 7. So far, the USB disk has permanently been connected to my system. Probably not a good idea anyhow, as the disk is ...
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Remove “searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net” Browser Hijack Malware

I just recently download imgburn and got this browser hijack malware that when using Chrome, it redirects to Yahoo! search with "searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net" in the URL. Sometimes it doesn't ...
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How to stop Windows 10 intercepting hyperlinks to the Windows Store?

In Windows 10 when you click certain links to microsoft.com/en-US/store (like this one) in Chrome or any other browser, the "Store" app opens. Has anyone figured out a way to disable this anti-...
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Uninstall all spying updates in Windows 8.1

This page recommends to stay away from the following updates: KB2876229 # SKYPE, If you want Skype then install it. KB2923545 # RDP KB2970228 KB3035583 KB2990214 KB3021917 KB3068708 # Telemetry ...
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Webcam turned on itself. Why? [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 running Windows 7 SP1. The webcam is Dell P/N: T3NPC. I was on YouTube watching TeamFourStar. Right as I finished the video I was watching, I exited Mozilla and went to ...
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Not able to delete a program

I am using a netbook of samsung with windows 7 starter service pack 1 32 bit. I am exhausted with a program known as 'Plugin.exe' i don't know how it came but whenever i start my program it opens up ...
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Mysterious event log message

I saw this message in my event log today. I tried searching on it without much success. - <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> - <System> <Provider ...
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How can I remove “Positive Finds ads” from Google search results?

I'm using Chrome on Windows 7. When I search something on Google, I see some ads (which say "Positive Finds") above typical search results. How can I remove this? I've uninstalled all suspicious ...
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Can my company spy on me using antitheft software like Prey?

I'm a tech guy and I have my company Macbook with me at all the times. My company encourages me to use it as much as possible (even for my private tasks). I know all the Macbooks we own have Prey ...
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Downloading software without bloatware

From time to time, I find myself needing a piece of software to perform a specific task. Download.com (CNET) used to be a good site. But now, I find that they bundle a lot of "evilware", i.e. ...
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An uninstaller will only work with a reboot. Can I override this so that I don't have to reboot?

I've inadvertently installed some crap on my computer: "YouatubeAdBlocke" [sic] and "NextCoup". When I try to uninstall them, I'm presented with possibly the most annoying possible message saying: ...
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Malwarebytes informs me once every ~20 minutes that it's blocking something outgoing to www.tracknl.info

The port changes, but the domain, IP, type, and process are all constant. I just want to know, is this normal/acceptable? What should I do about it? I think this is just a trial of Malwarebytes and ...
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Unable to change browser's default home page

After installing Qvod player, my IE homepage was set to: http://www.hao123.com/?tn=97473572_hao_pg I tried to set the home page via IE settings, however it changed back to http://www.hao123.com ...
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A hacker installed vnc & remote management programs on my Macbook [closed]

A nasty guy I dated last year secretly installed a series of programs onto my MacBook Pro and I need help with allocating and removing them please. I haven't switched it on for 11 months so it's still ...
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What are the Proper Steps for Complete Restore of Computer after Being Infected?

I feel that many the average computer users come across a similar situation to what I am in now. A situation where these users find that their computers are infected with difficult to remove viruses, ...
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Is this a virus, a dying hard drive, or something else?

Details leading up to problem: I have about 3 year old second hand laptop. I experience two hard drive realted bluescreens, BBCode 7a, within the last month. I ran Chkdsk and found I have 4 ...
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How can I find out which processes on my computer are accessing the microphone?

After reading this interesting Lifehacker post and reading the comments on the page, one person was wondering if it would be possible to use the Physical Device Object Names of other hardware such as ...
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SSL error on Chrome, IE, Safari (but not on FF)

I am getting this error on trying to access a couple of sites from Chrome - one is the webmail of our company and another is a banking website. Cannot connect to the real somesite.com Something ...
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How to get rid of freaking adds?

see these screen shots in the above picture...those green texts (marked with red pen) when i hover mouse on them an add pops up. this one is more annoying anytime this add slides from the right ...
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How can I permanently remove a seemingly stealthy ad-ware installer?

For the past one month, there seems to have a stealth installer lingering in my computer that will automatically install malicious plugins to all my browsers. I'm not sure what installer is that and I ...
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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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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, viruses, or malicious files. I scanned it and didn't find anything, but I'm still not feeling good about it. ...
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Is the Ask.com toolbar installed with Java considered spyware? [closed]

I was wondering if the Ask.com toolbar is spyware. I play a game called Minecraft and it requires Java. The Java installer also installed the Ask.com toolbar. I want to play one of my favorite games ...
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Why did spybot open overnight when I did nothing on my computer?

This morning I woke up to find that spybot had opened on my computer and was ready to run. I did nothing to cause this to happen. I have one computer in the house. It has Windows 7. No network. I have ...
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Removing FLEXnet Connect Update Manager

Do you know how can I remove this unwanted software? Status line says copyright Acresso Software and or InstallShield. From the folder in ProgramData I understand it is version 11.
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MMLoadDrv apart of Catalyst Control Center? Look suspicious

This loads at startup every once in a while. It looks strange, and it's always the same image in that window, but it's slightly animated. Does anybody know the purpose of this? Can I remove it? I've ...
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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 restart ...
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How to scan and detect spying software

I have a friend who caught his landlord in his apartment using his laptop (he moved out afterward). The next time he tried to log in, his password was changed. I fixed the password problem but I got ...
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How to get rid of “mixi.dj search” engine in Chrome? [duplicate]

Every time I restart Google Chrome, the defalt search engine is set to "mixi.DJ search", even if I remove it from the list of search engines. How to definitively get rid of it ?
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Does network monitoring tools help in detecting spywares?

Is it possible for spywares/ virus not to be detected by network monitoring tool ( for eg TCPView) if they are sending information/files over internet ?