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githnaurpwe 04-05-2013 12:54 PM

latest crypticerror.exe blocked by avast
 
Avast antivirus thinks crypticerror.exe contains the win32:evo-gen virus.

?

can you let them know it (hopefully!) doesn't? :confused:

warriorstern 04-05-2013 01:09 PM

same problem avast says their would be a virus

ofdpt23p13 04-05-2013 01:16 PM

What are you trying to pull? (Anti-virus message)
 
I was trying to patch star trek online today so I can do the first contact day stuff, when all of a sudden, my anti virus is popping to life saying that one of your files is infected. What's going on?

object is the file "crypticError.exe"
Infected with : Win32:Evo-gen



So again, I ask WTF? And don't tell me it's my anti virus just going wacko. I know better than that.

msk5 04-05-2013 01:19 PM

..but it is just your anti-virus going wacko.

tsurutafan01 04-05-2013 01:20 PM

Stop using Norton this instant or I'll have to ask you to leave the interwebz.

ofdpt23p13 04-05-2013 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tsurutafan01 (Post 9068001)
Stop using Norton this instant or I'll have to ask you to leave the interwebz.

I don't use Norton.

scrimpinion 04-05-2013 01:37 PM

Fact: most AV programs have lots of false positives

Why? because they use something called heuristics

Heuristics is a very specific kind of guessing. It's a little bit like profiling.

They scan and see a file or web traffic that has a similar name or sends data down a similar port that a program known to cause problems does.

Do heuristics-based antivirus programs catch some viruses before they're widely reported? well, that's the theory. In practice, they hardly ever do. what they ARE rather good at is mistakenly identifying something harmless as a threat.

A good antivirus program updates its definitions very frequently - every couple days or so. That kind of makes the whole heuristic threat detection more trouble than it's worth (especially since it eats up processing cycles).


So, ask yourself, which is more likely?:

1) Cryptic intentionally placed a nefarious program into their installer so they can sow chaos and tick off their customers

2) some top secret gang of super villains slipped the aforementioned program into Cryptic's installer, instead of just putting it into a pointless toolbar like everyone else does, cuz people install crap of their own accord if you ask them to

3) some crappy antivirus program uses faulty logic to block something harmless cuz heuristics are kind of a stupid way to handle security since it's prone to making mistakes.

the1tigglet 04-05-2013 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tsurutafan01 (Post 9068001)
Stop using Norton this instant or I'll have to ask you to leave the interwebz.

I was thinking it might have been that weaksauce wonky one that microsoft puts out actually.

Looks like Cryptic used Viral Matrix on you IRL. HA!

scrimpinion 04-05-2013 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the1tigglet (Post 9068411)
I was thinking it might have been that weaksauce wonky one that microsoft puts out actually.

heh, fun fact: Microsoft Security Essentials is one of the few (quite decent, actually) AV programs that *doesn't* use heuristics. it also has some false positives, but they're more along the lines of "hurr, what's dis? you wanna let it do it's thing? hurr" variety.


in other words, it's more likely to "advise caution" instead of "warn user of threat" where there is no threat.

benovide 04-05-2013 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ofdpt23p13 (Post 9067851)
I was trying to patch star trek online today so I can do the first contact day stuff, when all of a sudden, my anti virus is popping to life saying that one of your files is infected. What's going on?

object is the file "crypticError.exe"
Infected with : Win32:Evo-gen



So again, I ask WTF? And don't tell me it's my anti virus just going wacko. I know better than that.

Dude, lock the file into a "backyard" in your hard drive blocking all access to the rest of your computer, and break down Win32:Evo-Gen.

The Win32:Evo-Gen file is harmless. It's just data that contains graphics alterations, and a couple .txt files. Nothing nefarious about it at all. I've broken it down.


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