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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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What can I do if a spam email claims I'm infected with Pegasus spyware?

I opened my Outlook app (Firefox PWA) on my Android phone. I was confused because I was logged out -I have "remember me" activated, so I have to login once every few months. Then, I opened ...
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An unrelated program (Clash for Windows) links to FFmpeg libraries. Can it be spyware?

Update: today I found some decisive evidence on its misbehaviour. Sandbox analysis from VirusTotal on its installer reports video capturing capability using webcam. See the link to its analysis here. ...
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I bought an open-box laptop. Should I reset Windows?

Some time ago I bought a cheap laptop, essentially a netbook, to ensure that if my main laptop stopped working, I would have a laptop to work on while my main laptop was being repaired. The box for ...
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Windows 10 screen timeout is set. Something turn on the screen after it has been switched off by timer settings

My screen timeout settings is set to 5 minutes for both options (On battery + When plugged in). My sleep settings is set to 15 minutes from battery and never when plugged in. Blank screen saver is set ...
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ANONYM USER whatis this ? i never saw this before

I was searching for some info on sdhl.dat and found this: Hello I have a .dat file on my PC and every time I try to delete it, it comes back after restarting the PC. After some search I found this &...
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Command Prompt Refreshes all Programs

The command prompt randomly pops up blank and closes all web browsers, it can visually be seen when im playing a game in fullscreen mode. It happens once every few seconds or once every few minutes. ...
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Wierd "q" .cmd file starting on startup? [duplicate]

There are 4 wierd .cmd files starting on startup called simply "q" is it .. Malware? Spyware? i don't know if i should disable it or not, craziest part is that it does not show on MS Config ...
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Should I do anything after formatting my computer because of malware infection?

Yesterday I realised that, after installing some software last weekend, Microsoft Defender was detecting several file on my Windows 10 document's temp folder. Some of them were deleted by the ...
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Unidentified icon in Mac status bar

I have an unidentified icon that sometimes appears in my status bar (MacOS High Sierra). Graphic quality is low. It looks like a white "O" on an orange background, with an upward-pointing ...
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Shannel error: a fatal alert was received at the remote endpoint. Code 20

I recently learned that I've had a cyberstalker for a year. I'm not tech savvy enough for this. I found this error message today in my event logs: a fatal alert was received at the remote endpoint. ...
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Why does the Cygwin 'ls' command send UDP packets?

I have Cygwin installed and noticed that since my company started using CrowdStrike Falcon for malicious behavior detection, running simple commands like 'ls', 'grep', etc, takes way longer than it ...
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Is zoom.us spying on me?

I installed the zoom.us app on my Mac 3 day ago. I have not used it for 2 days. It isn't active. I don't see it in the top app(top | grep zoom) But there are a lot of requests in my personal DNS ...
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PC Security/monitered [duplicate]

Is there anyone who can tell me by looking at some setting from my laptop if I have spywear installed or being remotely controlled what do I have to check for please advise how I find out if I am ...
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Can other programs then Windows Hello access an external IR Camera?

I got two web cameras, one normal and another which has an IR camera build in for my Windows Hello sign in function. I can access my normal camera in various applications but I just don't see any app ...
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If a software on Windows 7 has storage access and network access, what prevent it from sending all the files on the computer to a external server?

As the title says, if for example an antivirus send to their server “suspicious” non-executable files (such as documents), and neither ask permission for that from users, what it prevents any other ...
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Program(s) keep running periodically in command prompt. How can I stop this?

Every now and then, some program opens a terminal. I'm trying to figure out what this is as it's becoming really annoying (and somewhat worrisome). I can see in windows' Event Scheduler that a few ...
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What does "netstat -n -o" mean?

When I type netstat -n -o, I get a lot of foreign addresses and my Internet Provider Customer Service is telling me that it means that I got spyware on my computer. What that command really means?
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Entering a random number sequence seed under surveillance [closed]

I'm trying to transmit a continuous sequence of random numbers from my computer over to another country (for validation purpose). This sequence is a series of pseudo random numbers recursively ...
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Is my webcam hardwired?

I want to know if my webcam LED can be controlled by software (malware) or if it is hardwired. My understanding is that if a webcam's LED is hardwired it cannot be turned on by a hacker without the ...
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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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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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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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