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#1 mute20

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:24 AM

I am using a squared free along with nod32,sat,mbam, and threatfire. I am wondering if I should continue using a squared since I find it mostly gets false positives.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 07:12 AM

a-squared Highjackfree and online analyzers work in a similar manner to HijackThis but rely on the user's ability to interpret the results and determine what needs to be fixed. However, they often provide misleading and/or questionable results. In my experience, they DO NOT always identify all the malware or all the files properly. They sometimes list legitimate files as bad and bad files as legitimate. They sometimes show entries with no file (file missing) as bad when that is not always the case. If you do not have advanced knowledge about computers or training in malware investigation, you should NOT fix anything with these analyzers without consulting a expert as to what to fix. In fact, with the more sophisticated infections we are encountering today, the use of HijackThis itself has almost become obsolete. Why? HijackThis only scans certain areas of your system/registry to help diagnose the presence of undetected malware in known hiding places. Therefore, its log may not always show all the malware on your system. As such, HijackThis has been replaced by other preferred tools like DDS, RSIT and OTL which provide comprehensive logs with specific details about more areas of your computer.

a-squared products are prone to "
false positives
" and they even acknowledge this.

...Sometimes security software falsely identifies important crucial system components as a threat (hence the term False Positives - FP).

Removing/deleting critical system files, even temporarily, can make a system crash. Sometimes the system will recover after a reboot, and sometimes it will not. Therefore, you may not be able to start your system. Special system restore measures may be needed, or even a full system re-installation.

...If detections are FP's, you run the risk of rendering your system inoperable...

a-squared HiJackFree: Using security Software to scan data
a-squared Anti-Malware: Using security Software to scan data
a-squared Free: Using security Software to scan data

...the a-squared Scanner looks for files, folders, registry entries and Tracking Cookies that are typically created by Spyware programs. Traces are exactly these trails that Spyware leaves behind.

This approach has both advantages and disadvantages for Malware recognition...The negative side is that it provides a relatively inexact, or insufficiently differentiated to be more precise, Malware recognition. Benign software can be falsely recognized, for example, if it uses the same file name or folder as a dangerous Spyware program.

Software discovered via Traces should therefore first be double-checked to see if it is actually Malware before it is finally deleted...

Spyware Traces in Detail

If you're going to use a-squared products, get a second opinion on suspicious or questionable file detections at Jotti's virusscan or VirusTotal.

In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file(s) and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 10:00 AM

How many premade replies do you have I am just curious also thanks for the advice.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:21 PM

How many premade replies do you have

More than you could ever read. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 07:53 PM

But seriously, canned speeches come in handy and make our job much easier, as we don't have to re-explain something when 20 different people ask the same question.

Right on target. :thumbsup:
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