Anti Malware reporting a CNET file as malware

G:\CNET TechTracker\CNET_TechTracker_2_0_4_Update.exe

Is being flagged by Zemana as a malicious file. Is this a false positive or is CNET sending out malware?

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Re: malware

I've asked the forum manager to take care of your question and to move it to a better suited forum than this one, because it isn't about Windows 10 at all.

In the meantime, please submit the file to to see what some 40 antivirus-programs say about it. Can you share the results?

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Virustotal reports it's clean. But, Zemana reports this:

Sorry to post in the wrong forum. I guess that since I am running Win10 that this was the right place.

Virustotal reports it's clean. But, Zemana reports this:

Status : Scanned
Object : %userprofile%\documents\downloads\cnet techtracker\cnet_techtracker_2_0_4_update.exe
MD5 : FCDC6AEA8BFE11AB005C3C2385733C80
Publisher : CBS Interactive
Size : 1137832
Version :
Detection : Adware:Win32/CNETBundle!Ep
Cleaning Action : Quarantine
Related Objects :
File - %userprofile%\documents\downloads\cnet techtracker\cnet_techtracker_2_0_4_update.exe

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CNET's is known to include adware in it's downloads, but I didn't know that they do it for techtracker also.

But it's a known problem: already in 2016 Zemana found it and quarantined it in another downloaded program: (search for CNET). So your choices are:
1. don't use the techtracker app anymore
2. use it without this update (as long as it will work)
3. tell Zemana the exe-file is OK and there is no reason to quarantine it - then install that update

There are 2 variants for 3:
3a. After installing the update, do nothing and accept the adware on your system
3b. See if Zemana, or any other program such as AdwCleaner or MBAM is willing to remove or quarantine this adware after it is installed

All I can say: sorry for the inconvenience. Let's see what Lee Koo says.

Post was last edited on September 27, 2017 8:10 AM PDT

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Thanks, this is good info

I appreciate the prompt reply.


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CNET TechTracker has not been supported since 2014.

Hi Bob,

The CNET TechTracker app was discontinued around early 2014 and has not been supported since then. We no longer offer it for download on our site, so can you please let us know where you got this file? Was it saved on your computer from an earlier time, or did you download it from a current web source? (In the latter case, please provide the URL of the site in question.)

Feel free to reply here, or to send this information to us through our support form:

At the time that CNET TechTracker was developed, we did use what was called the CNET Installer or Installer to deliver the file. The Installer did show third party offers and was sometimes flagged by antivirus apps as a PUP or adware, but it has not been in use anywhere on our site for almost two years, and we do not include adware in any of our downloads.

That said, individual product publishers may still include additional, optional third party offers in their own installers (on any site). Although you are never required to accept any offers from a publisher in order to complete installation of their software, you will generally want to keep a close eye out to be sure that you see and have a chance to select the decline or opt-out option for any offers you do not want.

Jen Support

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