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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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Could opening an .xla file with Trojan virus infect a Windows PC even through the Excel Read-Only view?

I made the mistake of opening an email attachment in Thunderbird. It was a .xla file, which I opened directly in Excel. The moment that the Excel window popped-up I closed it, realising the mistake I'...
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Windows Photo Viewer always shows a specific photo, not the photo opened

My friend has a problem on his Windows 10 computer. When he opens any photo in Windows' default photo viewer app, after 2 or 3 seconds it will instead show a different photo, specifically a photo of ...
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CMD closes immediately on Windows 11

For a couple of months, I could not open the command terminal. It closes immediately (I see only a frame for a short time). I'm on Windows 11. I see there are background processes that use cmd. I can ...
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Weird ASRock BIOS glitches. Is it possibly a virus from used HDD? Or is it something else?

I have ASRock Z270 Pro 4 motherboard (Intel). Got a used HDD drive recently, today plugged it in, and tried to enter F11 Boot selection menu. Before, it was all ok, but now, it appears glitched (pic 1)...
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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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NAS as storage save against encryption virus?

I want to buy a NAS storage so that I can RAID the HDD's to prevent lost data if a HDD fails and use it as long term storage that I can access anytime. The only non user error way to lose my data I ...
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I think I got the “!want_to_cry.txt” (WannaCry?) virus on my Samba server. Was this inevitable?

Update: I have checked my note app where I opened the ransome note and the recent open files tab shows me the name of the text file I opened originally. I don't have the contents but the file was ...
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McAfee virus in Microsoft Edge on Linux

I've been getting popups like this on Ubuntu 22.04. Apparently this is from the Microsoft Edge browser and it mentions McAfee though the Edge logo and mentioning McAfee may be disinformation. How do ...
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What mean if installation files is bigger then program itself? [closed]

What mean if installation files is bigger then program itself, does it mean virus is inside installation files? For example, installation files has 15GB and installed program at local disc C only 7GB.
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BIOS damage/change or virus: BIOS password not appearing and bitlocker suddenly asking for encryption phrase

Approximately 2 years ago I set up my PC (Windows) as follows: I set up a BIOS password. I encrypted the whole system with a bitlocker password, so I need to enter a bitlocker password. Usually when ...
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How can I configure Windows Defender so that it doesn't delete a file it thinks is a virus/threat, even when I move the file around?

I have a file that Windows Defender thinks is a virus/threat: Windows Defender quarantined it. I see one can add exclusions: If I select "File", Windows Defender will exclude that file ...
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Win11 suddenly plays 'She', cannot find responable Application

My Computer is suddenly playing the song 'She' in an endless loop (54 sec. loop time). This is worrying as I want to be sure that I am not hacked. She could refer to the movie 'She' as well.... I just ...
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Can a virus be transferred from a device to a mobile hotspot/router, then from the hotspot/router to other devices? [duplicate]

If a device (e.g. a smartphone, tablet, or laptop) is infected with a virus, can this virus be spread from the device to the router/hotspot the device is connected to, then from the router/hotspot to ...
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What is "curPopup" and why have I received a notification about it?

This notification just appeared, what does it mean and is it a virus? Windows 10 professional PC.
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urxvt prompt starts in the middle of screen and tmux shows gibberish when started from it

Lately I noticed that my terminal prompt on urxvt does not start on the first line when I open it, but on the middle of the screen. Also when later I execute tmux command to use tmux inside a urxvt ...
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Kali Linux .iso infected

I wanted to try out Kali Linux, so I downloaded a VM and the Kali Linux ISO file from the official Kali website. It was running perfectly fine initially. However, after about a week, my laptop started ...
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Can the boot USB get infected if PC is infected?

I want to create a Windows 11 boot USB stick. That's not the problem though as this is easy with the Microsoft provided tool. What I do want to know is, let's assume your computer is infected, you try ...
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Is it possible to get infected while entering a mispelled url?

I accidentally mispelled hotmail, so instead of that I entered hotmoil(dot)com. I did closed fast my browser when I noticed but is it possible to be infected? I saw no new downloads and I am using ...
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My computer is hacked, All files were renamed as YYZA file extension, how to rename or remove YYZA Extension? [duplicate]

My Laptop got attacked by a virus and nearly every file including Photos, Videos and Documents extension were changed to YYZA , meaning .jpg was changed to .YYZA, How to recover or remove that ...
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Why is limited access to file_system in Windows to prevent malware still not a thing? [closed]

It is 2023, and how do we still not have a proper solution to it? Android manages it very well by restricting important app_data files to each app, and apart from that android also has limited access ...
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Unknown console window [duplicate]

Suddenly I got console window popup in my Windows 10 laptop screen. I was doing no action with my PC and suddenly it appeared. I have noticed in the past console window appearing for half a second and ...
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Disable Windows Security tamper protection without Windows Security app? [duplicate]

So, usually stupidity-proof me stupidly got a virus installed on my Windows 11 (latest updates) device. Don't ask me how (may have something to do with the fact that I had a Malwarebytes premium trial ...
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ClamScan skip files During the scan

We have configured ClamAV to automatically scan files in a monitored directory using inotifywait. # Start the monitoring tool and log the scan results nohup inotifywait -m -r -e create "$...
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Open/Access Anti-Virus Websites

I have a problem with a virus in Windows 11. I think it's a Trojan-32. So far I've seen the following "Vir Tool:Win32/DefenderTamperingRestore" and "Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.Hml" both ...
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I am getting a weird error unauthorized changes blocked controlled folder access blocked OMApSvcBroker.exe . Do you think it is some sort of virus?

Here is the image below: I have run windows defender multiple times nothing shows up. I also ran RKill + Malwarebytes ADW cleaner + Hitman pro removal programs. The only thing I have not done in a ...
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I can't use any of my antivirus, and none of it will load (or the websites) will load. help please [duplicate]

i cant go to an antivirus website, nor can i open malwarebytes because it says "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000017). Click OK to close the application." im aware that ...
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Excel suddenly gobbling memory, 500MB per cell edited?

Excel is suddenly very slow on my system. I've rebooted, and started a new file, and it's not made a difference. Each time I input some text into a cell and hit enter, there's a 2-3 second pause ...
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Chrome trying to download something?

Lately my Kaspersky antivirus has been showing weird notifications ahout blocking download attempts made from Chrome because it contains adware and such. Here's the log: Event: Download denied User: ...
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Is this a Trojan? Random Windows 10 Microsoft Defender Antivirus sample submission message. What is this?

I have received a weird message from Windows (see picture). I would like to know what this exactly means. I have only used the Edge browser (if it even has to do with it) maybe twice. Also sometimes ...
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ISP Notice Regarding Infected Computer and Potential Disconnection

Recently, my parents received an email supposedly from the ISP (Internet Service Provider) stating that their computer is infected and if they don't take steps to clean it, they may face disconnection ...
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Is this a virus? I found looking through Registry Editor

Does this look normal? Or are these files a virus?
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File Contents Replaced with 0xFF (and a few 0x7F)

I have a corrupted word document whose data I am trying to recover. It comes from a thumb drive suspected of having virus activity; this is not the only file that has been affected. Opened it up with ...
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Can viruses jump from a portable windows install to my main internal install?

I used Rufus to create a Windows 11 To Go -install on an external hard drive while Windows 10 remains on my main drive that is internally plugged in to my computer to dual boot between them. Notably ...
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Unknown code added to XML file in Chrome browser

Can anybody explain to me the next issue please.. I have a XML file. When I open it (via ULR) in Edge it looks correct: but when I open it (via URL) in Chrome, some unknown code is added at the end: ...
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Powershell.exe command keeps opening 2x during windows 10 Launching

powershell.exe -noexit -command Set-Location -literalPath '%V' HOW do i delete this regkey??? its blocked for removal, everytime i launch my windows 10 i get 2x a powershell.exe scipt opening this ...
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Windows defender flags .vmdk files from VMWare as virus. False positive?

Since like half a year windows defender flags the .vmdk file from vm ware machines as virus. It will say that it is infected with a form of "BlacoleRef". Strangly is that this doesn't happen ...
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How can I configure Windows Defender so that it doesn't prevent moving files it suspects to be a virus?

Windows Defender prevents moving files it suspects to be a virus: Operation did not complete successfully because the file contains a virus. How can I configure Windows Defender so that it doesn't ...
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windows update or search bar version reverts to older date a few minutes after windows loads [duplicate]

Windows 10 starts seemingly normally. While the OS is loading, on occasions where the pc loads slower, I can see what I believe is an update version in the search bar (next to the windows key - see ...
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Defender repeats quarantine operation endlessly in OneDrive temp folder

I get these notifications endlessly, every few minutes, basically forever and I don't know what to do about them. The name changes a little, but the notifications just keep coming forever. Is this ...
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Stopping specific file types from being created [duplicate]

I got infected with the shortcut virus for the second time. In short, my question is: can I stop *.inf files from being created on a specific external drive(USB)? Maybe some drive settings or a ...
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Suspicious Executable - Samsung Magician

I'm hoping someone may be able to give me some input on an executable I found running every time I boot up my PC. I use the Samsung Magician software which runs on startup, but it wasn't until today I ...
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7zip program infected with malwares and viruses [duplicate]

7zip program infected with malwares and viruses. Virus Total scanned the installer as good with malicious and suspecious relations. The 7-zip program 7-zip v22.01 - (may be infected) From the Virus ...
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Does my computer have a virus?

Recently, I clicked on a link in another SE user profile (the link indicated it is personal blog/site). The link directed to some site full of porn ads. I did not clicked on anything beside the link ...
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Find/Remove suspected virus/malware on macbook air (mapi.sport80.com)

I've found a program running on a friend's Mac that is under the name "mapi.sport80.com" in screen time & it has been running consistently for 5 days straight, it looks to be accessing ...
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Is it possible to obtain the path of a blocked threat in Windows Defender?

Windows Defender notified about a threat that has been blocked, and it provides the type of "threat", but it won't show any information regarding the file, even if I allow the threat. I have ...
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Can "__compat layer" halt viruses?

In Windows we can use set set __COMPAT LAYER=RunAsInvoker to stop applications from getting administrative privileges. So if I use this on a virus executable then will it stop the virus from affecting ...
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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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Win32:trojan-gen virus exe installed

I ran fake exe as i thought it was another program. After deep scanning with AVG, it located a win32:trojan-gen exe, moved it to quarantine and deleted. After scaning again, shows no malware. I am ...
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Is “Archive.Test.Agent2-9953724-0” a virus or false positive?

I do a routine scan of my computer every day using ClamXAV. I took a look at the report and it said I had 89 infected items. The infection name is Archive.Test.Agent2-9953724-0. The name doesn't sound ...
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Process path does not exists

A VM of mine got infected with some crypto mining malware. I can kill it but it obviously restart at each boot. I tried finding the executable but I can't get my hands on it; the process path (from ...
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