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TechRepublic recommended downloads identified as Malware

By plandok ·
In the last few days, I have downloaded "no-charge" programs from TechRepublic recommendations. My anti-virus software, ESET Nod32 has quarantined these downloads as a "variant of Win32.../adware........". I cannot find out what this unwanted program/malware is and wondered why TechRepublic is hosting it. Is it a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or relatively benign?

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So, uh, what programs?

by seanferd In reply to TechRepublic recommended ...

Hard to explain NOD's reaction without knowing. But, no, I don't thin k there is any malware being served by TR. "Internet security" apps tend to identify quite a lot of tool/utility apps as malware.

Since "adware" seems to be the classification, do these apps include, say, a Google toolbar or the like?

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Most likely

by OH Smeg In reply to TechRepublic recommended ...

You are experiencing a False Positive and if you can add this download to the Ignore List in your AV product it will cover the current problem.

Some AV Products can be more than a bit ferocious in protecting things from perfectly harmless things.

As stated above a lot of Utilities like are rejected like this.

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