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#1 josephrf


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 08:15 PM

I want everone to know DO NOT EVER download a program called ADSFIX from this site: https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/20-adsfix/ because it contains a TROJAN VIRUS. My virus software flagged it while trying to download it. To confirm that it was infected I ran two other virus scans online, one from metadefender and one from virus total. This was the result from virus total: Antivirus Result Update
Antiy-AVL Trojan/Generic.ASVCS3S.1E5 20170426 Bkav W32.HfsAtITA.9B58 20170426 Endgame malicious (high confidence). 20170419 TrendMicro-HouseCalll Suspici.AF8C44A8 20170426Webroot. W32.Malware.Gen. 20170426 
 This was the result from metadefender: Doesn't that take the cake.............a site that offers anti-virus software downloads.........has a program CONTAINING a virus.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 08:34 PM

I just downloaded Adsfix and neither ESET or Emsisoft detected anything which is consistent with the latest file analysis of adsfix_4_26.04.17.5.exe - Detection ratio: 5/61

False detections by anti-virus programs for specialized fix tools are not uncommon. AdwCleaner, Delfix, JRT, RKill, RogueKiller, FRST, MiniToolBox, GMER, Security Check and other tools all have been falsely detected from time to time.

Let me explain why....certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs and specialized fix tools (like ADSFIX), 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 by browsers 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.
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