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Win32/heur infecting game exes


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#1 raaadmann

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:32 AM

urgent: Win32/Heur 'Trojan' help!

I am being alerted by Free AVG that many of my game exes are infected with Win32/heur which i hear is a very nasty trojan, though scanning with malbytes is not showing anything.

I have changed my debit card numbers as a precaution but don't want to reinstall windows yet, could it be a false positive, or how can i get rid of it.

I have used HJT, but nothing untoward showing

I am using Vista SP1

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:38 AM

could it be a false positive

Yes, that is quite likely considering the number of others reporting the issue today on the AVG Free Forums. I too experienced a Win32/Heur detection today on a legitimate .exe file that I have had for years ... so far only the one detection.

See the following threads on the AVG Free Forums for the AVG Staff suggested action:

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:35 AM


could it be a false positive

Yes, that is quite likely considering the number of others reporting the issue today on the AVG Free Forums. I too experienced a Win32/Heur detection today on a legitimate .exe file that I have had for years ... so far only the one detection.


I have encountered the same on 2 different computers. I'm getting AVG hits on old exe and pdf file types. Have submitted exe to AVG for analysis and they stick by their assessment, indicating I should probably remove the exe (last used over 2 years ago). Have not yet heard back on the pdf file I submitted.

My main concern is that files not accessed for several years are showing up as infected, which leads me to (unscientifically) believe that:

  • AVG is getting a false positive since the last update.
  • AVG 2011 has had a serious flaw since it was published.
  • If it is truly a virus, are the perpetrators targeting old files to avoid detection?

I hope it turns out to be #1. I've been monitoring the AVG forum on this topic, and it became available as of 1030 GMT-5. They are either maintaining the server or have had too many queries on this issue.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:02 AM

As of 1100 GMT-5, this is showing up on the security sites as a real threat. Now, all we need is a way to remove it.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:38 PM

Welcome to BC Quietman2011

If you have an issue or problem you would like to discuss, please start your own topic. Doing that will help to avoid the confusion that often occurs when trying to help two or more members at the same time in the same thread. Even if your problem is similar to the original poster's problem, the solution could be different based on the kind of hardware, software, system requirements, etc. you are using and the presence of other malware. Further, posting for assistance in someone else's topic is not considered proper forum etiquette.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 01:57 PM

AVG threads, there are several suggestions on how to proceed, not sure which to follow? According to some of the responses, AVG fixed this problem a while ago, but apperently not.




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