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Avg Virus Scanner- Do I Have A Virus?

By SmAsHeR ยท 12 replies
May 12, 2004
  1. I have been using AVG virus protection from Grisoft for some time now but i have a problem with it. It keeps telling me that i have the virus Dropper.Small.4.AG. I searched google and found that the virus only get detected by AVG Virus Scanning. Is it a virus or is it a glitch from AVG?
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    AVG has a great heurstical scanner. For virus software, heuristic algorithms are "smart software" which detects new and unknown viruses.

    It could either be an uknown virus, or a spyware. "Dropper" could very well stand for spyware, which AVG often detects as unknown viral bodies. So it may be relatively harmless.

    And not all... Any, I mean... virus scanners are perfect. This could be a mistake too. Kavsperksy also has a great heuristical scanner and will detect many spyware / adware related programs as potential threats. But about 99% of the time, you'll find it is best to remove these things anyway.
  3. SmAsHeR

    SmAsHeR TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    I don't know what it is because when i tried to remove it, my computer started acting kind of funny. I would restart my computer and my icons would quit working after a while. the computer would not lock up, just the problem with the icons. i put the virus back and everything works fine now. i just keep getting those annoying virus detected warnings.

    this is from my virus scanner log

    24BF2115D284}\RP34\A0015216.EXE Trojan horse Dropper.Small.4.AG
    C:\WINDOWS\INETPAL\M3TSP8.EXE Trojan horse Dropper.Small.4.AG
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.LOG Cannot open; not checked!

    Test finished, duration 00:50:31.4 s
    46587 objects tested, 2 found infected

    :confused: puke: :confused:
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Those are NOT real system files and I'm absolutely sure they are some sort of virus / trojan.

    Perhaps try removing the virus in safe mode.
  5. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    I would get spyware/adaware and run those, as well as update AVG to the most recent definitions. In addition to AVG, I'd run TrendMicrosystem's online scanner (housecall) or another virus scanner in addition to AVG (as scanners frequently pick up different sets of viruses, and have different cleaning abilities.)

    Either way, with a trojan, I usually recommend backing up the data and reinstalling the operating system as soon as possible.
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  7. Impaler

    Impaler TS Rookie

    INetPal Trojan Horse Dropper

    I ran into this same trojan this morning while downloading a screensaver. I ran my AVG anti-virus, moved it to the vault, and removed it. All is well now. Can't understand why your AVG didn't remove it right. But I know absolute crapola about most things like this.

    But I have become proficient in removing viruses, after having used Kazaa for a while (damn people spreading viruses through "supposed" music files).
  8. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    For the record... "Dropper" is a generic term AVG uses for certain heuristical patterns. It means that AVG is nearly certain this is a true virus, just it has no record on file for the specific pattern that it sees.

    The Inetpal file mentioned above still gives high credibility to spyware/adware.
  9. Clancy

    Clancy TS Rookie

    AVG Checking outgoing E-mails

    I downloaded the latest version 7.0.289 yesterday and it's driving me crazy! It checks outgoing mail with attachments. I'm trying to send one photo and it has already taken 28 minutes and the AVG E-mail Scanner window says it is 46% complete. I thought I had disabled "check outgoing mail" and I rebotted the computer, but it's still doing it.
  10. whallawhalla

    whallawhalla TS Rookie


    Everytime I try to get to the site to download AVG, it tells me that i cannot connect to grisoft, is there any where else I can go to download avg?
  11. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Try majorgeeks....

    patio. :cool:
  12. whallawhalla

    whallawhalla TS Rookie

    now that I have AVG...when i open it to scan, it automatically closes itself?, I can't get it to stay open for more then like 5 seconds at a time :dead:
  13. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Download Hoster from www.funkytoad.com/download/hoster.zip
    Unzip/install/run it, press 'Restore Original Hosts' and press 'OK'
    Exit Program.
    Note: if you were using a custom Hosts file you will need to replace any of those entries yourself
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