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#1 Itz Paradox

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:41 PM

hello just wondering if anyone can give me the rundown of malware


what is it

what causes it

how it spreads

whats inside of it (if that makes sence like what contain inside of it)

how to detect it quickly

how to terminate it



Thanks for your replys

Edited by Orange Blossom, 02 June 2014 - 12:45 AM.
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#2 boopme


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:17 PM

Please read
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How to remove a Trojan, Virus, Worm, or other Malware


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#3 Itz Paradox

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:58 PM

not sure if you know this boopme i read the first link and have two questions um one is it possible to design a firewall to the point where no viruses could get through it and for backing up files etc is it possible to put that on an external hard drive then if you see or have malware to pull the plug from the hard drive out of the computer asap would that still save you stuff or could it corrupt the hard drive aswell?




EDIT= Also from the second link is it possible to build a program that can destroy the viruses without having to worry about downloading another virus

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#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 06:38 PM

A firewall's job is to prevent unauthorised connections to your computer, both incoming and outgoing. They do not of themselves stop data, they control connections.


Given that a very common way of getting infected is by clicking on links in e-mails or on web-sites that have been corrupted, you authorised the connection by opening up your e-mail client or by browsing to that particular web-site, so a firewall is powerless to stop that. It is the function of anti-virus and anti malware software to prevent such infections affecting your computer.


As for using an external drive, DON'T keep it connected to the computer. Connect it to the computer when you want to do a backup or re-install, then disconnect it when you are finished. And if you have any reason to suspect malware etc. before you do a back, run a scan before you connect the drive to do the backup. Or even if you don't suspect infection - it's good practice.


Your final question, as I understand it. The short answer is no. AV programs and their kin work on a database of known threats and threat characteristics. This means there is a good chance you will be protected against unknown threats which use a similar structure to known ones, but if somebody comes up with a new structure of malware, then all bets are off.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:27 PM

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