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873 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 8:22 AM by thomas_r. RSS
  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 6:56 PM (in response to thomas_r.)

    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.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to John Galt)

    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.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,235 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 7:58 AM (in response to SwankPeRFection)

    You're still here? Why?

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)
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    Feb 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.

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  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,920 points)
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    Feb 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.

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