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Malware Packer.Gen

by zeebell / February 3, 2010 12:43 PM PST

Dell Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 Computer
Inspirion 545s 00
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
6GB Memory
750GB Hard Drive

I use a program called Paint Shop Pro which has various plugins one can use to enhance images.

Tonight I ran Malware Bytes and it found 2 "Malware Packer.gen" files. I googled this to see what it was and there were a lot of links, but in reading them, got more confused the more I read.

The scan did show where the files were and they were in one of the plugin folders for Paint Shop Pro. I have used these files for about 5 years now with nothing ever being found by Avast or Malware Bytes.

Now all of a sudden I had these files -- I did quarantine them first to do some research and finally did delete them.

Can someone explain to me in "laymen's" terms what a malware packer.gen is please?



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Julea, about malware packer.gen and FP
by Donna Buenaventura / February 3, 2010 1:03 PM PST
In reply to: Malware Packer.Gen

Hi Julea,

That is an FP but for MBAM team to fix the detection, you will need to zip and send the file by creating a post in their False Positive forums, including the log: http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showforum=42

Their website only mentioned when they first detected a Malware Packer.gen: http://www.malwarebytes.org/malwarenet.php?name=Malware.Packer.Gen
But in my understanding, it's a generic detection by MBAM on a file that is packed (archived/compressed) but suspicious or acting as malware or similar.

They need to fix it but you have to send them a copy of the detected file.

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malware packer.gen
by zeebell / February 3, 2010 1:35 PM PST

Thanks Donna -- glad it wasn't really a serious problem. I don't have the files anymore as I got rid of them. I did run another scan afterwards and they didn't show up. I do appreciate your help though. I work so diligently at keeping our pc's clean. You may remember I help teach computer classes for our local computer club. Our instructor tells people I have the cleanest pc in Bella Vista (LOLOL)! Must admit it is very rare if something shows up.

Haven't seen you for awhile -- since last talking to you my XP died after almost 6 years and now I have Windows 7 and am loving it. I always was partial to Windows 98SE, then XP --- but I think Win7 has them beat! I do believe MS did us a favor with this OS. Maybe we'll be good to go for say 10 years (just kidding).

Thanks again,


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You're welcome, Julea
by Donna Buenaventura / February 3, 2010 5:17 PM PST
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You solved it though by removing the files Grin
I hope there's no next time which I doubt because scanners' FP are getting frequent nowadays, but if ever you will see this kind of incident again... I think it's best to send to them the questionable files by their scanner so they will double-check and adjust their detection. If it's important files or files you trust and been using for years, and not detected before, it is likely an FP only. You don't need to delete or remove your files because of an FP.

Yes, I remember our discussion last month about the other PC that died and we find search function in Windows 7 as nice feature Happy

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