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    How to detect steghid malware in image files

    by sidings-fellow0m ·

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    Does anyone have a good method for detecting malware in image files? I have heard of methods such as changing the file extension, for example change a .jpg file to a .pdf, but I am not able to find anymore information on this method.

    I mainly just want a reliable source for desktop wallpapers, but I don’t trust any of these wallpaper sites, or google images haha.

    Thank you in advance!

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      antivirus software

      by chriss.morrion ·

      In reply to How to detect steghid malware in image files

      One way to detect malware in image files is by scanning the file with antivirus software. This is the most reliable method, as the software is specifically designed to identify and remove malware from your computer.

      However, changing the file extension of an image file (e.g. from .jpg to .pdf) will not prevent the file from potentially containing malware. Malware can be embedded in any type of file, regardless of its extension.

      If you are concerned about downloading potentially malicious image files, it is best to avoid downloading images from untrusted sources. Instead, you can try using a reputable online image library, such as those provided by Microsoft or Google, which often have a large selection of high-quality, safe images.

      Additionally, you can consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection and protect yourself from potential malware when downloading images from the internet.

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      It was NEVER needed. Do your research.

      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to How to detect steghid malware in image files

      “How It Works: Steganography Hides Malware in Image Files”

      The examples have been where the malware is expanded and executed by common Software Crack Apps. YOU MADE THE CHOICE TO CRACK SOFTWARE and many of these tell you to DISABLE YOUR ANTIVIRUS so you made this choice.

      If you research how the antivirus companies responded to this, it seems clear that Windows Defender and others work fine now and can’t be evaded by this method.

      But hey, if you disable the Antivirus, you are the problem. Not the malware.

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      Reply To: How to detect steghid malware in image files

      by ZackHarry ·

      In reply to How to detect steghid malware in image files

      Hello,

      1. Use a Steganalysis Tool: There are a variety of tools available online that can be used to detect steganography in images. These tools can detect steghid malware by analyzing the digital signatures, file sizes, and other indicators of hidden content.

      2. Inspect the File Format: Steghid malware often hides in image files with unusual file formats, such as .bmp, .gif, .png, .jpg, .tif, and .wmf. If you notice any of these unusual file types, be suspicious.

      3. Look for Unusual File Sizes: Steghid malware can also leave behind telltale signs of its presence in the size of the image file. If the file size is significantly larger than other similar images, it could be a sign that something is hidden inside the image.

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        Unusual file formats?

        by Wizard57M-TR ·

        In reply to Reply To: How to detect steghid malware in image files

        Well, I must say, given your enlightening disclosure that bmp, gif, png, jpg, tif and wmf are “unusual file types”, I can safely disregard your recommendation to use a “Steganalysis Tool”. These file types have been in use for literally decades!

      • #4012922
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        Nonsense.

        by rproffitt ·

        In reply to Reply To: How to detect steghid malware in image files

        “unusual file formats, such as .bmp, .gif, .png, .jpg, .tif, and .wmf. If you notice any of these unusual file types, be suspicious.”

        These are common file types. What would be unusual would be software that asks you to disable the antivirus to install.

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      Reply To: How to detect steghid malware in image files

      by Johnharper2020 ·

      In reply to How to detect steghid malware in image files

      To detect the information hidden in the image, investigators should determine the changes in size, file format, last modified, last modified time stamp, and color palette of the file. The following points can help to detect image steganography: Too many display distortions in images.

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