Frequently Asked Questions
We've created this page to hopefully help answer some of the most common questions we receive. If your question isn't answered here please feel free to contact us.
What's the criteria for a top-post on your page?
We look for a couple of things. The first is a good post with good technical content. The second thing we look for is relevance to a particular threat that is making the rounds. Many people and leading organizations read this site for up to the date analysis and news. Make your post look well-thought out and professional, and we'll let you know.
Do you edit posts?
If we top-post one of your entries, we will edit for grammar and clarity. If you find something that is objectionable please let us know and we'll evaluate it.
My post/comment/forum message was removed, why?
You were probably trying to advertise or were being a nuisance.
Someone uploaded a copyrighted piece of software to your collection
Please let us know and we'll remove it immediately. We are committed to having the best repository of malicious software and keep it free of copyrighted material.
How do I find the latest samples that were added to the database?
Sadly we had to cancel this feature as well. Too many people were farming our site and overusing our bandwidth.
What's the password to the samples on your website?
We get an embarassingly large amount of these types of questions. While we have labored to make this site as easy to use, we have decided if you have to ask this question you probably shouldn't be downloading malware.
My account was disabled, why did that happen?
We don't allow accounts from common email anonymizer services as the amount of spam accounts created were quite impressive. Mailinator is an example of this, but there are many more. We solemnly swear never to use your email address for anything other than legitimate communication to you about your account.
Why do I have to send a secondary note about registering for an account?
In a word: spam. We review each and every email address that comes in to make sure that it is not an auto registered account. Participating in this process helps us keep the site free from junk.
I sent in the registration email but have not heard back from it. Is my account active?
Most likely your account is active. If it is not, then please email us at info offensivecomputing.net and we'll try to get it resolved.
Are all the files in your collection malware?
Due to the nature of a public collection, how we acquire new samples, etcetera, you should always validate on your own that a sample is malware. Assuming that what you find here is actually malicious is not a good idea. On the other hand, it's likely it is.