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    Default Virus or not-a-virus detected, risk "information", I cannot know if malicious or what

    ZoneAlarm Security Suite version:
    Vsmon version:
    Driver version:
    Antivirus engine version:
    Antivirus signature DAT file version: 1150772672
    AntiSpam version:

    So ZASS did its scheduled deep scan (every 6 months), all went well, but it found the following. I add comments with data and questions.

    File name:
    An utility to flash the firmware of certain optical drives, that I downloaded and stored on purpose.

    Virus name: not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.FirmwareFlash.a
    I know the tool goes about flashing firmwares, and I know flashing poses certain risks. Is this telling anything more, or different?

    Type: Virus
    Wasn't it a "not-a-virus"? So is it definitely about an infection, and not the file itself in its intended state? Or is the "file itself in its intended state" being considered a "virus" for better or worse reasons?

    Risk: Information
    Does this mean that the infection or file would attempt to steal information for instance?

    Treatment: Action required
    If I tick the detection checkbox, the buttons "Treat", "Ignore once" and "Ignore always" become clickable (not grayed out). So the detection hasn't got "automatic treatment", that is enabled in the "Scan Options". Does this mean that it isn't being detected as malicious, only as risky?

    Path: E:\Regrabadora\LiteOn iHAS120 X\
    E: is a logical drive of the hard disk where I store anything that I consider worth. It also contains some manual backups (like a copy of my Outlook.pst file). I back up its contents to external media from time to time.

    So in essence, I don't know if ZA has detected a risky but not malicious tool, or a malicious infection in one of my tools, or a tool that has malicious behaviour in itself.

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    Sky Soldiers Guest

    Default Re: Virus or not-a-virus detected, risk "information", I cannot know if malicious or

    How to diagnose and/or report antivirus/antispyware false positives :

    Note: Did a Search: not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.FirmwareFlash.a

    You searched for: " not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.FirmwareFlash.a"

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    Last edited by Sky Soldiers; April 23rd, 2014 at 06:55 AM. Reason: Note

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