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Would clearing the hard drive of my laptop remove any viruses it has? [on hold]

Just would like to know because I have that option, I just got ubuntu 14.04 LTS and got a virus, so If clearing the hard drive would do it, then thats what i will do.
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Popup ad virus on both chrome and firefox

A pop-up ad box appears whatever site I am opening. Tried resetting settings, disabling extensions, removing all users on chrome. It seems it is not about chrome since same thing happens on Firefox ...
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Random Ad pop ups in Chrome

Whenever I'm browsing the web I get these random pop up ads. I really can't understand why, I have ad-block plus. Is it possible that I've been infected with malware or ad-ware? How can I put an end ...
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Does ubuntu require antivirus [duplicate]

Does ubuntu require antivirus? If yes then please tell me what's the difference between windows virus and ubuntu virus?
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Can ubuntu be compromised?

My main reason for switching over here from Windows was because with the release of Windows 10, the VP of Microsoft wrote in the ToS (Yes, I read this with my very own eyes while installing it) that ...
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Mounting an USB will prevent viruses?

Yesterday, I used dconf editor to prevent my laptop to automount an USB device. So, for example, if an USB had some Linux viruses (even if it's rare to find one), would it only activate if the USB ...
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VirtualBox Ubuntu [duplicate]

I created a virtualbox for ubuntu guest and my host is windows 8.1. Do I need to be carefull with virus passing from the ubuntu virtualbox to the real hard drive on windows?
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Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit suddenly lost all data

I was just browsing and scrolling on the web on my Ubuntu laptop while Rhythmbox was on, then suddenly, my screen began blinking.. Icons enlarged while I turn the mouse wheel tho my hands are only on ...
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Root kit advice on ubuntu

I've been a Windows user for many years but recently Avast was bringing up 100's of Rootkit infected files. So I decided to make the switch to Ubuntu to wipe everything, and I’m quite enjoying the ...
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What is this folder named “PtzuZpSG8d” in my Home directory?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I have a folder named "PtzuZpSG8d" in my Home folder. Honestly, it has been sitting there for a few days. Today, when I tried to shift+delete it, it started preparing ...
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Questions about how malwares might operate under wine [duplicate]

a recent scan by clamav found that a few exe files in the WINE directory are infected with a trojan (called Ratnim?). A have a few specific questions on what a windows malware can do under linux. 1) ...
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Unexpected Arabic messages below mouse pointer in LibreOffice - a virus?

This is weird. Today I opened an excel file with LibreOffice. Suddenly I saw the mouse changed color, and stuck to it was a message in Arabic, which changed every second in a loop. I can actually ...
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Avast not up to quality?

When I follow this guide :http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-install-and-update-avast-antivirus-in-ubuntu#.UvRO9vgju1E It says the .deb isn’t up quality code in the UbuntusoftwareCenter! I don't know to ...
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Panoramtech ads on Firefox (ShowIP extension)

Since yesterday Noscript - the extension for Firefox, blocks a request to "panoramtech.net". After some researches, it seems that Panoramtech is a malware. How could my Linux system catch it? What ...
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How to clean data when wiping/reinstalling a compromised server?

I have a server that has been compromised, where the logs have been blown out and I have neither the ability nor the time to discover what actual pieces of the system were modified. The server was ...
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Help recovering from a hack and a malware warning

On Thursday (2014/7/24) morning I discovered that one of my Ubuntu systems was hacked. I believe it may have been the malware NetWire. I was able to see some traffic from the internet directed at ...
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Virus infection in Ubuntu 14.04

I am using Ubuntu 14.04.My computer is infected by viruses or malicious software installed without my knowledge during web surfing. I am saying this because whenever I search anything in Google search ...
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Scanning Windows for Rootkits using Linux

I know of ClamAV for viruses, but is there an option for scanning AND getting rid of "rootkits" from Windows from inside Linux i.e. Live boot USB? Also spyware and malware scanning would be nice too. ...
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Viruses in Ubuntu 14.04? [closed]

My Ubuntu 14.04 system has been hit by a virus, I am 100% sure this is a virus, let me tell you what happened. So, I was playing Minecraft in my desktop with some friends on Skype, then my Skype logs ...
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Is WUBI vulnerable to GOZeus and Cryptolocker etc?

The GameoverZeus (P2PZeus) malware, and associated Cryptolocker, has been blocked temporarily, but may resume its potency. Windows is said to be vulnerable to it, but not Linux. So is Ubuntu under ...
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myterious a.out file appeared in Downloads folder

Yesterday a file that should not exist appeared in my Downloads folder. Virustotal knows the file since 2012 and reports it as clean - but it seems other people have had it appear. Does anyone ...
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Is my computer being hacked? Strange goings-on with menu.lst

I installed my Kubuntu 12.04 in Windows with Wubi. I've never installed any other version of Linux on my Netbook, definitely not Tiny Core Linux. Yet I have the following lines commented out in my ...
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Remove RECYCLER directory from virus infected flash drive

Before you advise me on the option of saving my files and formatting the drive using gparted, please understand that I could have done that hours back and that would have taken only a few minutes. ...
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ppa and System Security

I have been installing all my software from the Ubuntu Software Center. Recently, I had been installing software from PPAs. Can adding PPAs and installing software from them compromise the security of ...
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how can I know if a binary is malicious?

I downloaded a binary file from sourceforge and accidentally run it. How can I know if it is safe? I added my user to sudoers file before. Where can I submit it to scan safety?
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Clear Bling Vgrabber malware from Chromium

When asked to bring up my chrome bookmarks, I got the dreaded Vgrabber and Bling. On Windows 8.1 I would likely just run a system restore. I wiped my computer clean when I installed Ubuntu, so I ...
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Can't remove redirect malware on firefox

I researched and found: mypageresults.com is tabbed as a redirect virus that always slips into computer without user's approval. I can't remove it.I deleted all files of firefox.I removed firefox ...
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Cryptolocker virus

As you guys know cryptolocker is a Trojan which targets computers running Microsoft Windows and destroys files but.. is cryptolocker still a threat and can it infect my files in Ubuntu?
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help! strange netstat connections, wireshark shows redirects, think im infected

today my Ubuntu 12.04 pc crashed and I had to force kill it, which it never does. Then after booting back up I ran wireshark and saw random dns requests and a protocol I've never seen before 'dec dna' ...
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Can a Windows virus transfer to Ubuntu?

Before I removed Windows 7 from my computer and replaced it with Ubuntu, I had over 257 threats that never would go away. I don't know if the trojan horse I had also could transfer over to Ubuntu. Can ...
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How to deal with malware on my laptop?

I am fairly certain that my Ubuntu 13.10 laptop is infected with some sort of malware. Every once in a while, I find a process /lib/sshd (owned by root) running and consuming lots of cpu. It is not ...
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New Linux Trojan Virus? “Hand of Thief” [duplicate]

With the new arrival of the Trojan Horse, dubbed "Hand of Thief" , should I consider installing some sort of Anti-Virus (Clam AV for example) or should the Trojan be patched very soon? Just curious as ...
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Should Ubuntu users be concerned about “Operation Windigo”?

Should desktop users of Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) be concerned about the malware-infection drive described as "Operation Windigo"? What threat does it pose to us immediately and are there any ...
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Is it a good idea to scan external HDD with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I have an external hard disk drive, and it may have some viruses in it. I don't want to connect it to Windows, so when I have to copy something from it, I do it in Ubuntu. Now I have to install a ...
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Virus detected with ClamTK (Possible infection?)

I did a routine scan of my system, with ClamTK. The the anti-virus reported 3 detections. The names of the three detections are: 1.[PUA.Phishing.Bank] 2.[PUA.Phishing.Bank] 3.[PUA.Script.Packed-1] ...
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Can I use several antivirus apps in the same time? [closed]

I have many friends which are Windows users and I wont to keep my system and my flash drives virus-free for obvious reasons. Recently, after I posted a question on Ask Ubuntu, I was encouraged to ...
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Is a windows xp running on a virtual box with guest additions harmful for ubuntu? Does it may lead to viruses issues?

I am new to ubuntu and after some month and a half running it side by side with Windows 7 I decided that it would be my main system, and so I just formatted the machine and installed it as the only ...
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google.com requesting password?! Is my router / firefox / computer infected?

When I type "google.com" or "http://google.com" into the address bar in Firefox I end up with the following screen requesting some login and password. When I try the same in Chrome or Opera, I get ...
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How to scan my flash drives for Windows viruses while on Linux? (Not ClamAV) [closed]

I know that maybe it sounds like a duplicate but it isn't because I see that the other questions describe totally different situations than mine. Apart from the other users, I don't have a Windows ...
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What do sapd, skysapd, sksapd, and ksapd do?

Does anyone know what sapd, skysapd, sksapd, ksapd do? Are they viruses? I tried clamav it didn't recognized them as viruses. I also realized that my /etc/rc.local has multiple copies of this: ...
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Monitor BIOS activity [closed]

As I read today, Secret services are able to infect the BIOS of almost every computer using different methods. Is there a way to find out if this has happened on my Ubuntu notebook, for example ...
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How come when I view a website, like Adobe or Godaddy Jolly Wallet pops up?

Whenever I visit a website like Adobe.com or Godaddy I get a banner like this, Adobe: Godaddy:
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Is Ubuntu really full of malware?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 into a VM with WM player. Open Firefox and just leave it at the Google homepage. I get continuous warnings from Malewarebytes the Windows 7 operating system that a malicious ...
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Troubleshooting Software to Show / Solve All Ubuntu problems at once? [duplicate]

This question is merely of general interest. I'm a newbie to Ubuntu and like it quite a lot. However, troubleshooting takes up quite a lot of my time, because I love software and install left right ...
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Ubuntu is vulnerable to viruses from the internet? [duplicate]

Ubuntu can be affected by visiting websites that google has labeled attack site.?
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Does ubuntu allow users to run ESET Smart Security?

Does ubuntu allow users to run ESET Smart Security? I am considering upgrading ubuntu from Windows 7 but I'm not sure if it allows the use of outside security programs.
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What checks should be used when installling non-repository or offline software?

Case 1) Let's say some software isn't available in the repositories and you have to download it from a website and install it. Case 2) You have downloaded a DRM free paid software but can no longer ...
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can I get rid of virus, by re-imaging the 32 bits desktop with Ubuntu?

Wanted to use Ubuntu to recover data from corrupted external hard drive. So happened have to re-image a 32 bits Vista desktop to get rid of virus. How do I re-image the desktop with Ubuntu ? Do I ...
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Should I be concerned about the Linux.Darlloz worm?

As an Ubuntu user, any tips on how Linux.Darlloz could affect Ubuntu and ways to prevent it?