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#1 jtphenom

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:59 AM

Hi folks. Can anyone tell me:

1. Does the portable version of SAS get updated regularly on their site? Or should I check for updates before I run it?

2. How does one go about verifying that the stuff SAS finds is actually bad or at least unnecessary and not something that needs to be kept?


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 12:05 PM

1. Does the portable version of SAS get updated regularly on their site? Or should I check for updates before I run it?


Are you asking about the program itself or the detection definitions?
As a rule of thumb I make a habit of checking for updates every time I grab my tools to make a house call.

2. How does one go about verifying that the stuff SAS finds is actually bad or at least unnecessary and not something that needs to be kept?


Research = lots and lots of searching sometimes.

Welcome to the wonderful ever changing world of malware removal.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 12:14 PM

Also quarantime an Item that you are unsure of, this way you can get it back if needed as opposed to deleting.

see Clean, Quarantine, or Delete?

I also second the idea of always updating any tool prior to running.
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Posted 04 May 2011 - 01:33 PM

Read this topic. Be sure to click the link in Post #2 and read that article in its entirety.
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Posted 04 May 2011 - 01:59 PM

Good stuff QM7.

If I may add.
Many OEM PC`s come installed with "Customer Assistance" programs. HP comes to mind.
There is a file with in one of the apps that by all research I have done is of questionable use. It`s origin, detected signature, behavior is very close to that of malware.
The file name escapes me at the moment but I do know it is flagged by SAS, and I believe MBAM along with an AV or two.

I have always removed it as a general rule from Clients PCs.
Have yet to receive a complaint for lack of function, something being broke after returning the PC to it`s owner.

To make an already to long of a story short. Yes. It is usually safe to remove all items found.
If in doubt at all quarantine. Then research. Even after that, sometimes it can still come down to a judgment call.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:45 AM

Thanks for your help, everyone! :)

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:08 AM

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