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Norton security removed Unhide.exe as dangerous

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#1 purpleboo10


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:27 PM

Hi to all,


Nortons removed the file after I downloaded it.

The community deemed it unsafe.

Can someone tell me why it is unsafe?

Should I include it on Nortons?

See below and thanks,


'Filename: unhide.exe
Threat name: WS.Reputation.1Full Path: c:\users\debs\downloads\unhide.exe
On computers as of 
7/02/2017 at 2:20:46 PM
Last Used 
7/02/2017 at 2:22:47 PM
Startup Item 
Threat type: Insight Network Threat. There are many indications that this file is untrustworthy and therefore not safe
unhide.exe Threat name: WS.Reputation.1
Many Users
Thousands of users in the Norton Community have used this file.
This file was released 9 months ago.
This file risk is medium.
Source: External Media
Source File:
File Actions
File: c:\users\debs\downloads\ unhide.exe Removed
File Thumbprint - SHA:
d56756e13bea596..........................       (I removed the rest of the link in case it can link to my computer)
File Thumbprint - MD5:
Not available'

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:32 PM

The detection is a false positive by the anti-virus. Bleeping Computer's hosted programs for download are trustworthy, safe and malware-free.

Certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs and specialized fix tools (like Unhide.exe), 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, packed, or obfuscated to protect code, 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 encrypted or password protected in order to conceal itself so they do not allow access for scanning 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 against malware are written by experts/Security Colleagues at various security forums like Bleeping Computer, TechSupport, GeeksToGo, Emsisoft and other similar sites so they can be trusted...this includes any program hosted by BC for download. Unfortunately, many of these tools are falsely detected by various anti-virus programs from time to time for the reasons noted above. This in turn sometimes results in an inaccurate site rating/warning of potentially dangerous software when that is not the case.

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...Unhide.exe is an older specialized tool created by Grinler (the site owner of Bleeping Computer) and designed for a very specific family of rogue security software that was prevalent several years ago. A side effect of this family of rogue software was to hide all the files on a fixed disk by adding (attrib +H) to the files. Unless you're affected by that rogue, Unhide is not needed.
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