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Google Chrome now blocking Old Timer TFC


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#1 chakotay2

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 10:33 PM

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum or not, but it appears as if Google Chrome has started blocking Old Timer TFC.

"TFC.exe is dangerous, so Chrome has blocked it."

This is the legit TFC file, found on Bleeping Computer Downloads.

Any reason why Chrome is blocking? I don't see any option to 'run anyway' or report a false positive.



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 06:26 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 scanners may flag certain programs as a threat for a variety of reasons when that is not the case. In these instances 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 (or their embedded files) are falsely detected by various anti-virus programs from time to time. This in turn sometimes results in an inaccurate site rating/warning by browsers of potentially dangerous software when that is not the case.
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Posted 24 February 2017 - 09:05 AM

Thanks Quiteman7. I understand that. Re-reading my post I guess I didn't do a good job for asking my question. Is there any means to submit the file to Google for re-classification (as one would for other files). I'm not seeing that option unless you are a developer.

The obvious work around is to use another browser, but since I prefer chrome I'm asking. 



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 09:31 AM


Reporting false positives to Google for executables incorrectly flagged as malware
How to report false positives on the "xxx appears malicious" scan?

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Google Safe Browsing API Forum
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Posted 24 February 2017 - 09:33 AM

Thanks. I think those are for websites but I'm sure it will get fixed. I'll just use another browser for now.



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 12:02 PM

I believe Google is detecting the download web site page as unsafe which is why it is blocking it.

Many site rating vendors (i.e. McAfee WebAdvisor (formerly SiteAdvisor), WOT, Google's Safe Browsing, Avira Scout browser, Symantec WS.Reputation.1, Webutation, avast! Online Security Plugin (formerly WebRep), etc) use a system of volunteer testers that continually patrol the Internet to browse sites, download files, and submit information. All the results are documented and supplemented with feedback from users, Web site owners, and analysis from their own employees. The advising site vendor then summarizes the results typically into into a color-coded red, yellow and green ratings scale to help inform Web users as to the safety of each tested site. While these tools are useful, they are not foolproof and sometimes may provide misleading ratings.
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Posted 24 February 2017 - 12:05 PM

Ahhh ok... I was focused on the file (vs. download site). That helps. Thanks!



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 02:35 PM

Not a problem.
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