Almost any security scanner can result in an occasional false positive. If you suspect such a detection, you should get a second opinion. Go to one of the following online services that analyzes suspicious files:In the "File to Scan" (Upload or Submit) box, browse to the location of the suspicious file(s) and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis. If you get a message saying "File has already been analyzed", click Reanalyze or Scan again.
If you confirm a false detection of a particular file, then you should contact the anti-virus vendor's Tech Support and advise them so their technicians can investigate and make corrections to its database definitions. Most anti-virus vendors have instructions for sample file submissions posted on their web sites. Once a file is received, a technician can examine it in more detail and provide a report letting you know the results. You should also contact and advise the program vendor that one of their files is being detected as a threat. In many cases they will work with the anti-virus techs in an attempt to resolve the detection.
Thank you so much for your detailed post. I will do what you say.
Having looked at the file which is "hidden", it has a creation date of 2001 and belongs to VDOnet. No scan has ever picked it up before even HMP. VDOnet is/was a reputable source, but I cannot find any current activity on browsing the web, so it looks like they have either gone bust or been absorbed by somebody else.
It seems to be old junk to me and certainly no threat. I will hit the "ignore" on HMP if all the checks look OK.
I am happy with your reply and consider the puzzle closed. Many thanks also to "N".STOP PRESS
I quickly entered the file online with Virus Total and the answer was "no comments tagged"
I also uploaded the file to VirSCAN which checked for malware with dozens of scanners and found nothing.
Verdict = CLEAN and probably old junk.
I am very grateful for your reference to VirSCAN - it seems a magnificent checker to have - I have saved it as a Bookmark.
Edited by yabbadoo, 07 April 2012 - 10:44 AM.