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Where do viruses, malware, adware hide?

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#1 casperfox


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:35 PM

Hi. I was wondering where on a computer would you mainly find malware, viruses, adware, etc? Like in what folders? Please let me know because i am new to fixing computers and i need to learn how to hunt for viruses and stuff like that. Thank you


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:35 PM



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:12 PM

In addition to the above, these are some common folder variable locations malicious executables and .dlls hide:
  • %SystemDrive%\ (C:\)
  • %SystemRoot%\ (C:\Windows, %WinDir%\)
  • %UserProfile%\
  • %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\
  • %AppData%\
  • %LocalAppData%\
  • %ProgramData%\ / %AllUserProfile%\
  • %Temp%\ / %AppData%\Local\Temp\
Note: Some folders like %AppData% are hidden by the operating system so you may need to configure Windows to show hidden files & folders.
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