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Adwcleaner v3.303 flagged as virus by 360 Total Security


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#1 itzsm00th

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:23 PM

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#2 quietman7

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:18 PM

False detections by anti-virus programs for specialized fix tools are not uncommon.

Certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs or specialized fix tools, may at times be detected by some anti-virus and anti-malware scanners as suspicious, a Risk Tool, Hacking Tool, Potentially Unwanted Program, a possible threat 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 (routines, scripts, etc) 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.

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 malicious 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" and can be ignored.

Most of the well known specialized tools we use as malware fighters are written by known experts at various security forums like Bleeping Computer, TechSupport, GeeksToGo, SypwareInfo and other similar sites so they can be trusted...this includes any program hosted by BC for download. Unfortunately, many of these tools are repeatedly falsely detected by various anti-virus programs from time to time.

The problem is really with the anti-virus vendors who keep targeting these embedded files and NOT with the tools themselves. We can inform the developers but they have encountered this issue many times before and in most cases there isn't much they can do about it. Once the detection is reported to the anti-virus vendor, they are usually quick to fix it by releasing an updated definition database.

BTW...
Qihoo is a Chinese-based provider of free security and antivirus software (360 Total Security, 360 Internet Security, 360 Browser, 360 Security, 360 Mobile Safe, 360 Vault, etc). There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Qihoo to include it's reporting other anti-virus software and search tools as being malicious, deceptive marketing practices and various privacy issues.
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:00 PM

Is anyone else seeing 3.303 crash during the cleaning process.  Every time I run it it crashes on more than one PC.   And it is not just me other forums are reporting this.  Maybe this isn't so false after all???


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 01:17 PM

It is false:

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/18f1be8a2e9680f255ecde64f31c97926f0686a09eb76d50fd600eb47f17f8b1/analysis/

It is next version.I tried and no problems.


Edited by Alex&Vanko, 08 August 2014 - 01:22 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:27 PM

Is anyone else seeing 3.303 crash during the cleaning process.  Every time I run it it crashes on more than one PC.   And it is not just me other forums are reporting this.  Maybe this isn't so false after all???

That is not the subject of this topic posting.

With that said you can ask the developer (Xplode) a question, report an issue or suggestion at his home site: AdwCleaner Feedback <- there is a drop down menu at the top right to "Select language" (English)
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