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Spyware in format factory 1.80?

By Elliah
Apr 5, 2009
  1. i just installed the latest version of format factory and mcafee keeps telling me there is Adaware BD-Search found. Is it a false positive or what?
     
  2. Char_X

    Char_X TS Rookie Posts: 170

    This is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) detection. It is not a virus or trojan. PUPs are any piece of software which a reasonably security-or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of.
    http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_133287.htm
     
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Considering that FormatFactory is a widely used tool, recommended by experts without reservations, if you got it from its official site and not from a dodgy source, it is highly unlikely that it contains any malware. Furthermore, Softpedia carries for it its usual certification of “No spyware, no adware, no viruses”.

    Nevertheless, for your sake, I downloaded the zipped installer and scanned it with 3 leading anti-spyware tools, without anything found. However, I have not installed it.

    Consequently, if you are sure about the tool’s source, you can report the matter to McAfee and if it’s a false positive, they should put it right in a following AV update.
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    wrong forum. viri questions are addressed in the security forum
     
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