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False Positives
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[ http://www.google.com/search?q=false+positive+cybersecurity ]



Greetings, Fellow Computer User,

This text file is also available online:
http://www.mdgx.com/fp.php
and also as plain text/ASCII file:
http://www.mdgx.com/FALSPOSI.TXT

Thanks a lot for your concern, I do appreciate your time.
If you're reading this, it is probably because a file at my site may have triggered a false/fake positive
virus/trojan/malware (rogue code) alarm/warning.
Those are but false positives, same as many others of their kind.

Here is some publicly available literature on the subject from trustworthy developers, entities and vendors
you may have heard of:
- NirSoft: Antivirus "False Positive" Problems:
http://www.nirsoft.net/false_positive_report.html
- NirSoft: Antivirus companies cause a big headache to small developers:
http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/
- Malwarebytes Labs: Explained: False positives:
http://blog.malwarebytes.com/security-world/2017/09/explained-false-positives/
- Sophos: How to investigate and resolve a potential false positive or incorrect detection:
http://support.sophos.com/support/s/article/KB-000037167/
- Panda Security: False positives - What are they?:
http://www.pandasecurity.com/en/mediacenter/security/false-positives-what-are-they/
- Virus Bulletin: The false positive disaster: Anti-Virus vs Winrar & Co:
http://www.virusbulletin.com/virusbulletin/2005/11/false-positive-disaster-anti-virus-vs-winrar-amp-co/
- McAfee: How to "White List" False Positives Manually?:
http://community.mcafee.com/t5/VirusScan/How-to-quot-White-List-quot-False-Positives-Manually/td-p/208713/
- VirusTotal: A first shot at false positives:
http://blog.virustotal.com/2015/02/a-first-shot-at-false-positives.html
- AV-Comparatives: Spotlight on security: The problem with false alarms:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/spotlight-on-security-the-problem-with-false-alarms/
- ResearchGate: Antivirus False Positives alerts, Evading Malware Detection and Cyber-Security issues:
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/268443769/
- ResearchGate: Finding and Solving Contradictions of False Positives in Virus Scanning:
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/239731963/
- Infocyte: Cybersecurity 101: What You Need To Know About False Positives and False Negatives:
http://www.infocyte.com/blog/2019/02/16/cybersecurity-101-what-you-need-to-know-about-false-positives-and-false-negatives/
- LifeHacker: How Do You Know If Your Download Really Has a Virus?:
http://lifehacker.com/5521993/
- HelloTech: Not a Virus: How to Verify a False Positive Detection:
http://www.hellotech.com/blog/false-positive/
- Wikipedia: Problems caused by false positives:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antivirus_software#Problems_caused_by_false_positives
- Gizmo's Freeware: What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection?
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-false-positive-antivirus-detection.htm
- Gizmo's Freeware: How to report false positives to multiple anti-virus vendors:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-report-malware-or-false-positives-multiple-antivirus-vendors.htm
- Rick Strahl's Weblog: Dealing with Anti-Virus False Positives:
http://weblog.west-wind.com/posts/2016/oct/05/dealing-with-antivirus-false-positives/
- Software Engineering: How to prevent my executable being treated from AV like bad or virus?
http://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/191003/
- Stack Overflow: Antivirus False positive in my executable:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3339136/

FYI:
Here is the original (classic) standard verification designed by the anti-virus pioneers (McAfee) using a
harmless fake virus [EICAR], which mimics virus code without any of its ill effects, just by using a
particular combination of ASCII/plain text characters, which sets off the anti-virus software by detecting
a fake (false positive) malware code/file signature:
http://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB59742

To my knowledge the files at my site are harmless, some are 10-15 years old or even older, eventually part
of executable (.exe) or Windows Dynamic Link Library (DLL) Portable Executable (PE) compiler routines used
back in those days by old operating systems (OSes) like MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 9x, NT4, 2000, XP,
and others.
NirSoft, for example, is one of the software developers who still uses successfully such techniques for
their programs even today, without any known harm.
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/10/19/nirsoft-publishes-antivirus-list-of-shame/
Some of these executables/files constitute or are part of ancient programs containing very old DOS/MS-DOS,
Win31 or Win95 style 16-bit or 32-bit code, and do not infect anything, only mimic by accident or by
coincidence the structure of some old/obsolete/outdated viruses/trojans found in some ancient databases.
Many such old programs contain similar harmless code, but somehow, even today, they still appear as
malware/trojans/viruses (rogue code) when scanned.
Many developers/businesses/providers/vendors/entities have eventually updated their software and databases
to recognize such false positives (white/safe listings), but unfortunately some have not (yet), and some
still refuse to add old/obsolete harmless code/executables/programs/files to their lists of false
positives, mostly because they are afraid of losing business/profit, popularity/fame, and/or being sued in
a court of law for liability. ;-(

IMPORTANT:
Microsoft Windows users:
In case you have any concerns, please submit respective executable(s)/file(s)/archive(s) to Microsoft
Windows Defender Security Intelligence (WDSI) for analysis, just to be safe:
http://www.microsoft.com/wdsi/filesubmission/
and also to any other trustworthy entity, because you should have them scanned by at least 2
independent/separate entities/providers/vendors.
That's why VirusTotal, for example,
http://www.virustotal.com/
uses more than 90 [!] such developers/entities/providers/vendors.
So does MX Toolbox, developers of MX SuperTool:
http://mxtoolbox.com/SuperTool.aspx?action=blacklist:mdgx.com

I usually ask the gracious contributors who send/recommend me files for public "consumption" to check them
for all possible "infections", and so do I before installing/sharing/testing/uploading/using them.
I do upload and post all the files at my site only after successful anti-virus scans from multiple
entities/providers/vendors.
http://www.mdgx.com/vir.htm
Here are the safety reports for my web site [mdgx.com] from trustworthy/accredited entitites:
http://www.mdgx.com/safety.htm
Many such files are meant to be used with older/obsolete Operating Systems (OSes) and Environments like
DOS/MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95/95 OSR2/98/98 SE/Millennium Edition (ME)/2000/XP/2003, OS/2, Linux and
reside at my site for longer than 10-15 years without causing any harm, devoid of complaints as far as I'm
aware, while being downloaded, used & shared for many years by millions of people all over the world.
I use Transport Layer Security (TLS)/Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) HTTPS protocol for my domain:
https://www.mdgx.com/
Everything at my site is being scanned constantly using updated malware/spyware/virus databases by my web
site host provider,
https://www.greengeeks.com/
one of the best in the business.
GreenGeeks safety reviews [rated it no. 5 in its category]:
http://digital.com/web-hosting/greengeeks/
http://www.g2.com/products/greengeeks/reviews
http://www.trustpilot.com/review/greengeeks.com
http://www.hostingmanual.net/greengeeks-review/
http://websitesetup.org/hosting-reviews/greengeeks/
http://www.websitetooltester.com/en/hosting/greengeeks-reviews/

FYI:
Just in case you don't feel comfortable using something/anything originated from my site, please
delete/uninstall it/them completely from all your computers/devices/storage units/internet sites.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this boring tirade in its entirety.



Best Wishes.
MDGx
[formerly known as AXCEL216]
owner, webmaster + editor of
http://www.mdgx.com/
FeedBack [e-mail]:
http://www.mdgx.com/form.htm



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