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#1 Alex411

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 06:05 PM

I don't know too much about these things so I thought I'd just ask. Yesterday I was posting about my issues with Avast! and it's false positives and such. I listed the complete file names that it detected on my pc. Is it unwise to post them on the internet? I didn't think anything of it at the time cause I was trying to be detailed. 



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 06:51 PM

It is safe as long as the names of the files do not contain any personal info. Besides, the files usually suspect are program files

and system files....not data files.


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 07:06 PM

Ah okay. most of it seemed to be just random numbers and letters and a few letters of a User name and whatever NTUSER and Usrclass is. Thank you.



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 10:25 PM

Just FYI...In some cases folks may be asked to run some tools and post the logs.

There is nothing in the posted logs our helpers request which would be of any value to cyber-criminals or hackers. If there were anything to be concerned about our experts would not ask for it in a public forum. We are here to assist with malware removal and provide security education, awareness, prevention tips to help our members not become infected again.

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While we appreciate your concerns. Nothing in the logs is of any value to would be 'hackers' intent on doing someone harm. Persons knowledgeable enough to create an attack of any significance would not need any information in the logs. Bleeping Computer has been in existence for close to 11 years. We have always operated this way and maintained our first priority is our members safety and security. The management of this forum would not put in place a process that would reveal any personally identifiable information.

As has been said the information created by the logs is necessary for those Malware Removal Team members to provide the service. The service is free of charge. While the suggestion you make would be a viable alternative, it would be impossible to implement and manage while maintaining a free service.


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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:12 PM

I understand, you need as much information as possible since this is all done without being in front of the persons actual pc. I'm just a paranoid person that isn't really good at all this stuff. So I just wanted to double check. Besides personal info I have no idea what isn't safe to disclose.



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 06:21 AM

That's what we are here for.
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Posted 25 February 2017 - 12:29 PM

I took a look at the other threads you posted in, but I guess you deleted the filenames?


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