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Confusing results

by Damn_machine / April 2, 2006 5:55 AM PDT

I did an online virus scan using Pandasoft's scanner. It indicated the presence of 3 instances of the Netsky worm. AVG did not find it, nor did the Symantec Netsky removal tool. The Pandasoft scan also "found" several spyware items which are not found in my system by Spybot, Adaware, Ewido or Windows Defender. What's the story? Is Pandasoft just trying to sell me their product with false positives, or is it really finding stuff that the others are missing?

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There are a world of false positives.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2006 7:23 AM PDT
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But if Housecall doesn't find it... It is, in my opinion a false positive.


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false positives
by Damn_machine / April 2, 2006 9:11 AM PDT

TrendMicro's Housecall also fails to find any problems. Must be a false positive. Thanks.

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Re: confusing results
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2006 7:36 AM PDT
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Maybe, if you tell more about these finds, we can say something more. A worm is a program, and you are supposed to know what programs you installed into what folder and when you did it. If suddenly there's a new folder in Program Files, created yesterday, and you didn't do it, it's likely to be malware, in my opinion. Anything other than dc* in your recycle bin is highly suspect. All Microsoft programs have a name and description and author in their properties. Anything in c:\windows folder that doesn't and isn't recognisable (from the filename or the creation date) as something belonging to your printer (hp* or cj*) is suspect. With dll's and ocx's it's comparable. Files with names like msdrivr1.exe that can't be found with google are suspect.

It could very well be a false positive. But it's nice to know for sure.


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by Damn_machine / April 2, 2006 11:14 AM PDT
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Kees - thanks for responding to my post. I am unsure about how to interpret your statement "A worm is a program, and you are supposed to know what programs you installed into what folder and when you did it."

According to Panda Software "Netsky.P is a worm that deletes the entries that belong to several worms, including Mydoom.A, Mydoom.B, Mimail.T and several variants of Bagle."
"Netsky.P spreads via e-mail in a message with variable characteristics, and through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs."
"Netsky.P is automatically activated when the e-mail message is viewed through Outlook's Preview Pane. It does this by exploiting a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, which allows e-mail attachments to be automatically run. This vulnerability exploit is known as Exploit/iFrame."

Visible Symptoms:

"Netsky.P is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer."

I don't believe that I (as you suggest) installed Netsky into my system. In fact, when I subsequently ran the Pandasoft removal tool, like the other removal programs that I had run previously, it detected no trace of Netsky. False positive I think.

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I Agree w/ Bob & Kees! In Another Post I Said:" Panda Not ..
by tobeach / April 2, 2006 4:14 PM PDT
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being one of my favorites"...and the unusual level of what I perceive to be false positives is one reason why.
I would trust the other removal tools "failure to find" as most likely correct. Happy

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