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Is MiniToolBox safe or even useful?


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#1 night5runner

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 06:44 PM

Hello.  I'm running windows 10 PC and wanted to secure my home network.

 

I was trying to download the MinToolBox program on page 12 of the downloads. I don't know much about the program or if it's still relevant but the description sounded useful.

 

It keeps getting deleted by Norton which thinks it has a "Bad" reputation.  The file is deleted before I can examine it.  Anyone else have this issue or is some malware involved. I'm downloading it from this site, as I said, from page 12 of downloads.

 

The MiniToolboxes I was looking at does this, since there seems to be several:

  

MiniToolBox detects Internet connection issues due to broken or hijacked LSP, proxy settings, and problems with network adapters. It can also be used to detect search redirections and router hijackings.

The tool has some additional feature like flushing DNS cache, listing installed programs, listing devices in the Devices Manager, enumerating the last 10 Event Viewer errors, enumerating drives, and content of Hosts file.

 

 



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 06:48 PM

It's 100% safe if its on the downloads page on BC, they wouldn't have anything on here that would harm your computer. In all honesty its a false positive. Its flagged by your software because it has behaviors/features that appear suspicious. If you go to this post and view post #4 made by @quietman7 he explains in depth why its being flagged. 

 

Hope this helps!


Edited by TyronSmiteApril, 12 November 2017 - 07:05 PM.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:49 PM

Thanks.  I trust this site.  What I don't understand is how man-in-the-middle attacks and hijacking work.

 

When I get warnings downloading something from here, or when I downloaded Chrome from Google's site, and it says less than 5 Norton users in the world also downloaded it, makes me wonder if I've been redirected to a fake download page.

 

Back to the MiniToolBox, I think Norton might white list it.  Not sure I should even be using it after reading the link you provided.  If it looks too complicated I'll just uninstall it before damaging my system.



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:44 PM

I personally don't think that you need to download it unless instructed to because most of the tools are used for malware removal and you don't want to harm your system. If you would like any assistance with the malware we do have sections designed for providing support just visit the Security section.


Edited by TyronSmiteApril, 12 November 2017 - 10:45 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:07 PM

As noted by TyronSmiteApril and in the other topic, there is no need to download MiniToolBox unless instructed by an expert. Our 1st Responders and MRT here at BC and other security forums assisting members with issues instruct folks to run the tool and post its log output for them to analyze and investigate various aspects of the operating system, settings and software.
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 02:07 PM

It is 100% safe! Just a simple false positive. MiniToolBox is used to gain an in-depth analysis to certain things that help people assisting with issues of other individuals.


Have you tried turning it off and back on? :P


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 06:06 PM

TyronSmiteApril provided a link to the post where I explain in detail why the detection is a false positive.
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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:44 PM

Norton was removing it immediately upon download, but they reclassified it to "Trusted" a couple weeks ago.  But as mentioned, it's not something an average user like myself should be downloading any way.   It's better to be directed by one of the staff here on how to use it to fix a problem.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:41 PM

... It's better to be directed by one of the staff here on how to use it to fix a problem.

Most definitely and that's what we are here for.
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:03 PM

I ran MiniToolbox once a month ago for some diagnostic reports.  Now I keep seeing it reappear in my Download folder.  I searched my C-drive for any trace of it but can't find anything.  Any idea how it keeps getting downloaded?



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:21 PM

Where did you download it from? Are you sure you're not seeing it in download history?
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 04:39 PM

I downloaded it from here.  I cleared out the download folder yesterday, then saw it again in there hours later.  Not sure what's going on.  Maybe the windows update rolled it back in.



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 04:41 PM

Then I'm not sure either. BC does not have automatic repeated downloads.
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