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    neyzen Guest

    Default Viruses found only at backup

    Zone Alarm found at least five viruses during backup to another hard disk. But ZA is always running on my computer, definitions updated daily, scanned weekly, for years. Any ideas how ZA could have missed these viruses all this time, especially the one in Eudora (which I haven't used for years)?

    One virus was found in ...\Eudora\attach\UntitledBO
    Another three in ...\Application Data\blinx\filescan\newmail_1252 (etc.)
    One Trojan in \Device\Harddisk Volume Shadow Copy 1\Docs\Settings\[User name]\Application\Trojan-Spy.html.Fraud.gen

    Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite

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    Default Re: Viruses found only at backup

    Sounds like these are possible phish sites or links.
    Hard to say.
    Could be just false positives.
    Best regards.
    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    neyzen Guest

    Default Re: Viruses found only at backup

    Hard to buy the false positive theory because:
    1. Zone Alarm alert rated them as "highly dangerous."
    2. If they were false positives, how come ZA catches them only now and not before (especially the ancient Eudora-related one)?

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    Default Re: Viruses found only at backup

    Just becasue these are rated high, does not rule out that these could be false positives.
    Perhaps the antivirus scanner had a recent defintions update which now includes the files.

    To be safe and sure, upload the files to VirusTotal and have them scanned. The large number of scanners will aid in determining if the files are okay or actually have phish links.

    Cheers.
    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    neyzen Guest

    Default Re: Viruses found only at backup

    <blockquote><hr>Oldsod wrote:
    Just becasue these are rated high, does not rule out that these could be false positives.
    Perhaps the antivirus scanner had a recent defintions update which now includes the files.

    To be safe and sure, upload the files to VirusTotal and have them scanned. The large number of scanners will aid in determining if the files are okay or actually have phish links.

    Cheers.
    Oldsod.
    <hr></blockquote>
    Thanks for the advice, but ZA only reports these viruses during complete backup of C: That happened twice, with a ZA scan of C: that came up clean in between. Something doesn't compute here, to coin a phrase.

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