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Trojan horse Generic5.HBI

by caktus / June 5, 2008 2:08 PM PDT

Anyone know anything about "Trojan horse Generic5.HBI"? The new AVG8 found it during a Safe mode scan. It was [supposedly] moved to the virus vault, but it still shows up in a scan. Previous versions of avg spyware scanner including when it was under the previous manufacturer (can't recall the name) and I could never get rid of it. Assuming it is was a false positive I've reported it to AVG but have never heard back. Even HouseCall detects it, but cannot eradicate it. Following passed scan results detecting "Trojan horse Generic5.HBI" I have even gone as far as performing both non-destructive as well as destructive system restorations and still this critter keeps being detected. I myself can only assume it is in fact a false positive, but I am hoping the pro's here in the virus forum might have something on it.



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"Trojan horse Generic5.HBI"
by Marianna Schmudlach / June 5, 2008 2:27 PM PDT

What is the name of the file AVG found? Could you pls. post the entire path. Did you clean up your temp.files?

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RE: file
by caktus / June 5, 2008 2:54 PM PDT

Marianna, thank you for responding.

I have since emptied the virus vault and cannot recall the particular file name. The scan with AVG8 took 4 hours, perhaps because it was run in Safe Mode. I will start the scan again before I go to bed.

Because this detection has been so pervasive, even following a destructive restoration, I'm beginning to wonder if it may some how be caused by my particular OEM (emachines) version of XP Home. And it doesn't seem to be causing any problems that I can detect. Any thoughts on this?


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by Marianna Schmudlach / June 5, 2008 3:01 PM PDT
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Hi Charlie,

"Generic" files are most of the time "found" by the heuristics.


Definition: Heuristic scanning methods vary depending on the vendor. Some claim to allow emulation of the file's activities in a virtual sandbox. Others simply scan the file more intensively, searching line by line for any offending sequences of code. Heuristics are designed to detect previously unknown viruses, that is to say, viruses that are newly released into the wild for which antivirus vendors have no specific definition files to address the threat. Unfortunately, heuristics are not very successful in catching newly released threats - mainly due to consumer demand for an unobtrusive scanner.

More here: http://antivirus.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-heur.htm

IF you find the same "generic" next time, turn OFF the heuristic scanner and see, IF it still finds it.

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One Other Thought, Charlie.....
by tobeach / June 5, 2008 3:23 PM PDT

It might be an integral part of some installed program you have always used & re-installed such as a game or toolbar or other. Perhaps a method used by program to auto update in the background. Since you're not now & haven't in past noticed any untoward behaviors, they might have thought this the cheapest way to "keep in touch". In other words non-malicious but methodology triggers heuristics?? Happy

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(NT) Thanks, Guy's. I'll check these things out.:-)
by caktus / June 5, 2008 5:01 PM PDT
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The actual file name,
by Tarq57 / June 5, 2008 6:02 PM PDT

It's location (path), and a right click & view the properties of the actual file will probably go a long way to putting your mind at rest. Or if not, maybe confirm some kind of infection.

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by caktus / June 6, 2008 9:29 AM PDT

I ran a new AVG8 scan in safe mode during the night, the results of which indicate no infections. Earlier I downloaded a 5.8MB AVG update and I'm wondering if this update may have had something to do with finally clearing up this infection, or false positive(?)

Thank you everyone for your help.


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(NT) I guess, this update was to correct the "false positive" ;)
by Marianna Schmudlach / June 6, 2008 2:19 PM PDT
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Trojan horse Generic5.HBI
by Dixie1413 / June 6, 2008 11:47 PM PDT

Trend Micfo found and removed this on my system. Rated it low.

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