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DDS.exe detected infected with PAK_Generic.001


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#1 BaldieBonce

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:03 AM

In preparation for tackling an INternet rowser rediect virus, I've used a clean PC to get the files and guides recomended, and sent them to the infected PC via email for convenience. (I could have used a memory stick or CD).
During email transport, DDS.exe was removed by a mail server AV scanner at iomart.com and replaced with following report:
(dds.EXE), was removed because it was infected with the PAK_Generic.001 computer virus

Saved file properties:
Size: 593 KB (607,249 bytes)
File version: 2011.6.11.1
last modified: 11.06.2011 21:57

DDS.exe has been successfully emailed via another ISP.

AV scans of the saved file using NIS 2011 & MBAM raised no alerts, but I post the question, just to be _absolutely_sure_ that it is bona-fide.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:27 AM

DDS is not malware. However, certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs or specialized fix tools such as DDS may at times be detected by some anti-virus and anti-malware scanners as a "Risk Tool", "Hacking Tool", "Potentially Unwanted Program", or even "Malware" (virus/trojan) when that is not the case. This occurs for a variety of reasons to include the tool's compiler, the files it uses, whether files are compressed or packed, what behavior it performs, any registry strings it may contain and the type of security engine that was used during the scan. Other legitimate files which may be obfuscated, encrypted or password protected in order to conceal itself so they do not allow access for scanning but often trigger alerts by anti-virus software.

Such programs have legitimate uses in contexts where a Malware Removal Expert asked you to use the tool or when an authorized user/administrator has knowingly installed it. When flagged by an anti-virus or security scanner, it's because the program includes features, behavior or files that appear suspicious or which can potentially be used for malicious purposes. Compressed and packed files in particular are often flagged as suspicious by security software because they have difficulty reading what is inside them. These detections do not necessarily mean the file is malware or a bad program.

It means it has the potential for being misused by others or that it was simply detected as suspicious or a threat due to the security program's heuristic analysis engine which provides the ability to detect possible new variants of malware. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove them. In these cases the detection is a "false positive".
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:12 AM

Hello Quietman7,
Thank you for concise explanation and reassurance.
I'm continuing with preparations for battle...

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:59 AM

You're welcome and good luck.
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