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Threat Detected in Downloaded File FxFotoSetup.exe

by retiredjk / May 3, 2009 8:16 PM PDT

FYI Downloaded the file FxFotoSetup.exe.

As soon as it finished downloading AVG Free V 8.5.325 came up with a Resident Shield alert as follows...

Accessed File is Infected, Threat Detected,
File Name ....\FxFotoSetup.exe

Threat Name ... Trojan Horse Generic13.AHVG

Have downloaded many files previously from and have never seen this before.

URL of file DL

Any explanation ??

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Same here.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 3, 2009 8:58 PM PDT

I got the same report you did.

I use AVG 8.5 and interestingly when I downloaded the file and manually scanned it, AVG did not report any threat. But I then updated my AVG database to 270.12.17/2095, scanned again, and AVG immediately brought up the threat warning.

This FxFoto 6.0.071 file was added to CNET's site in January 2009 and none of the comments I saw mentioned any virus. I suspect this is a 'False Positive' by AVG. It happens on occasion with all anti-virus scanners.

I have checked this further by uploading it to an online virus checker at . The results are shown here;

To do that I had to disable the Resident Shield in AVG, not something I was happy to do, but I enabled it afterwards. But with the resident shield active, it was preventing me uploading to virusscan. I'm quite pleased with AVG's response there. False Positive or not, it was preventing me from onward transmitting a possible virus.

You will see from the virusscan report that only AVG reported a malware threat. That makes it more likely that this is a False Positive. However, that does not automatically make AVG incorrect.

Your next step, if you wish to pursue this further, is a choice.

1] Report this in our Spyware, viruses and security forum as you have done here. They are our experts, or,

2] Report it at the AVG Freeforum here;,page=1, and ask if it is a False Positive. I have had a quick look there, but don't see anything about this yet. You may be the first, Happy

Our Security Experts may do the same anyway. You may have to register with that forum to pot there.

In the meantime, I will pass this on to Lee, our Forum Admin, and ask him to notify the team, but unless the threat is confirmed, I don't think they will remove the file/entry.

Let us know what happens.


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FxFotoSetup Download
by retiredjk / May 4, 2009 10:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Same here.

Mark, many thanks for the speedy reply, a false positive was my first thought, and the report from Virusscan almost certainly confirms it. Agree not worth removing the file but a note saying AVG may report it as a threat may be useful.

Of course I d rather have AVG reporting a few false positives than missing a few genuine positives.

Thanks again for your reply to my original post and the investigation.


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Request sent to Download team for investigation. Thanks!
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / May 4, 2009 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Same here.

I will report back whether they find anything or not.

Thanks again!

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by retiredjk / May 4, 2009 4:02 PM PDT

Just tried downloading the same file again, this time AVG DID NOT report Threat found.

The only changes at my end,as far as I can see is AVG has done its daily update, now running AVG 8.5.325 Virus DB 270.12.18/2096.

Maybe a change in the virus DB signatures means that AVG now does not flag a piece of code in the FxFoto file as threat ?

Obviously no probs at CNET, as expected, again tks for ur assistance.


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Same here.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 4, 2009 7:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Update

Er.... did I say that before? Happy

But yes, I have just updated my own AVG database, re-downloaded that file and did a manual scan as well as AVG's interrupt scan of the download, and all is clean now.

Same database as yours.

Glad its sorted JK.


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Thanks for following up on this. The request has been sent..
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / May 5, 2009 4:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Update

to them already, so let's see what the Download team turns up.

Thanks again!

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