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Malicious software (malware) represents a threat to the security and the privacy of computer users. Traditional signature-based and heuristic-based methods are inadequate for detecting some forms of malware. This paper presents a malware detection method based on supervised learning. The main contributions of the paper are two ensemble learning algorithms, two pre-processing techniques, and an empirical evaluation of the proposed algorithms. Sequences of operational codes are extracted as features from malware and benign files. These sequences are used to create three different data sets with different configurations. A set of learning algorithms is evaluated on the data sets. The predictions from the learning algorithms are combined by an ensemble algorithm.
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