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#1 jhcadd

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:09 AM

Attempted to download "combofix.exe" and Norton's File Insight flagged it as a threat,

 

Threat information provided by Program

 

Filename: combofix.exe
Threat name: Suspicious.Cloud.7.EP
Full Path: c:\users\user\downloads\combofix.exe
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Details
Unknown Community Usage,  Unknown Age,  Risk High

Origin
Downloaded from
 http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/dl/bd10c5d5c225f8e23136591fb6f4d0bd/544984b7/windows/security/anti-virus/c/combofix/ComboFix.exe

Activity
Actions performed: Actions performed: 1
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On computers as of
Not Available

Last Used
10/23/2014 at 3:45:41 PM

Startup Item
No

Launched
No
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Unknown
It is unknown how many users in the Norton Community have used this file.

Unknown
This file release is currently not known.

High
This file risk is high.

Threat type: Heuristic Virus. Detection of a threat based on malware heuristics.
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http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/dl/bd10c5d5c225f8e23136591fb6f4d0bd/544984b7/windows/security/anti-virus/c/combofix/ComboFix.exe

Downloaded File combofix.exe Threat name: Suspicious.Cloud.7.EP
 from bleepingcomputer.com

Source: External Media
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File Actions

File: c:\users\user\downloads\ combofix.exe Removed
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File Thumbprint - SHA:
86eb338f193669495479b7278a21fd3f7d266d1ef7f7c2afdb8dcd14030e63d1
File Thumbprint - MD5:
Not available

 



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#2 quietman7

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 06:33 AM

This is a false positive by Norton.

Certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs or specialized fix tools such as Combofix 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. Either have your anti-virus ignore the detection or temporarily disable it until you download and run the tool.

The problem is really with the anti-virus vendors who keep targeting these embedded files and NOT with ComboFix. We can inform the developer but he has encountered this issue many times before and in most cases there isn't much he 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.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 06:37 AM

Bleeping Computer's hosted programs for download are trustworthy, safe and malware-free. However depending on the product some anti-virus software and other security tools may falsely flag them (or certain embedded files) as a threat for a variety of reasons as noted above,

Most of the well known specialized tools we use as malware fighters are written by experts/Security Colleagues 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. That sometimes results in an inaccurate site rating/warning of potentially dangerous software.

Rest assured our Security Colleagues are trustworthy and all the programs hosted for downloading here at BleepingComputer are malware-free and perfectly safe to use.
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