Thomas A Reed wrote:
Further, I have found that avast! frequently mis-identifies .exe files as being Mac malware, which is plainly impossible.
Actually, there is a way for an .exe file to be Mac malware, though I've only seen one back in the Classic days and I still don't know why it was packaged that way. Self-extracting compressed files (usually .zip) will have an .exc file extension and can be opened with a Mac unzipper, even though the the self-extractor won't run. The remoteness of this possiblity is probably too small to measure.
lol, and none of those are INFECTIONS. Those are hard/soft errors. They can normally happen on highly compressed files.
Again, people on here indicated Avast is issuing False Positives. False Positives ARE/IS when a file is detected as infected by a virus when it is not. Nothing in your screenshot shows a virus infection. So, ya, RT*M.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 8:05 AM (in response to SwankPeRFection)
That is quite a unique and interesting perspective on the subject. I had never considered that hard/soft errors are/is a possibility on highly compressed files. Thank you for your illuminating explanation.MacBooks iMacs iPads AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 28 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 8:22 AM (in response to SwankPeRFection)
That is not a very well-informed point of view. If you are seriously suggesting that these problems are normal and that all anti-virus software will have identical issues, I can honestly say that I have tested quite a few (twenty different anti-virus programs most recently), and saw this problem from none of them.