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Why is MCShield flagged in VirusTotal?


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#1 bcmo

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 08:45 PM

Why does the installer of MCShield get flagged by three of them and have so many down-votes?

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/61aeb8eab73041503849eafec5f56103d79e82d80288a4210a8637f225917dc1/analysis/1501465350/



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 08:54 PM

Certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs, 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 program'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. Heuristics uses non-specific detection methods to find new or unknown malware which allows the anti-virus to detect and stop if before doing any harm to your system. The disadvantage to using heuristics is that it is not as reliable as signature-based detection (blacklisting) and can potentially increase the chances that a non-malicious program is flagged as suspicious or infected. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove them. In such cases the detection is a "false positive" and can be ignored if confirmed.

You should contact and advise the program vendor that one of their files is being detected as a threat. In many cases they will work with the anti-virus Techs in an attempt to resolve the detection.


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:32 PM

Thank you.



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:22 AM

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