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    McAfee SiteAdvisor red flags AO

    sigh. Another testiment to ignorance.
    Nevermind the disclaimer that AO issues:
    ! ! PLEASE BE AWARE that some download files may include harmful or malicious code. Before downloading any files from AntiOnline, please verify all sources and make sure that you have adequate protections in place. By downloading any of these files, you agree to release us and to assume full responsibility for any damage which may be caused to your computer system, databases, files or other hardware or software, and understand that these files have not been checked, reviewed, approved or in any way endorsed by us. If you have any concern, then do not download.
    So what does McAfee SiteAdvisor do? red flags AO. Full details here and expanded details here
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    Interesting. One of downloads is from a tutorial thread on how to own a system (hence wouldn't necessarily have that warning and the other is from a SpyBlocker program which was probably submitted as legit.

    McAfee's program seems rather automated so kinda take it with a grain of salt. I imagine if you put PacketStorm or Astalavista through it, it'd throw red flags up the wazoo!
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    yes..... i beat somebody to it. posted it in the morning.

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    Great security resorce, with a nice community. There cms is not secure though, dispite it being private; some parts of it are vunrable to the most simple xss vunrabilitys.
    didnt understand what he's talking about.
    you are entering the vicinity of an area adjecent to the location.

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    Funny?

    Antivirus Version Update Result
    AntiVir 6.35.1.11 08.31.2006 no virus found
    Authentium 4.93.8 08.31.2006 no virus found
    Avast 4.7.844.0 08.31.2006 no virus found
    AVG 386 08.31.2006 no virus found
    BitDefender 7.2 08.31.2006 no virus found
    CAT-QuickHeal 8.00 08.31.2006 no virus found
    ClamAV devel-20060426 08.31.2006 no virus found
    DrWeb 4.33 08.31.2006 no virus found
    eTrust-InoculateIT 23.72.111 08.31.2006 no virus found
    eTrust-Vet 30.3.3052 08.31.2006 no virus found
    Ewido 4.0 08.31.2006 no virus found
    Fortinet 2.77.0.0 08.31.2006 no virus found
    F-Prot 3.16f 08.31.2006 no virus found
    F-Prot4 4.2.1.29 08.31.2006 no virus found
    Ikarus 0.2.65.0 08.31.2006 no virus found
    Kaspersky 4.0.2.24 08.31.2006 no virus found
    McAfee 4842 08.31.2006 no virus found
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    VirusBuster 4.3.7:9 08.31.2006 no virus found

    I just ran the spyblocker program through Virus Total, and nothing including today's McAfee found a virus
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    i remember the flag used to be green.

    maybe it a plot by microsoft and mcafee. people might try to stay away.
    you are entering the vicinity of an area adjecent to the location.

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    Why in the world would Microsoft and McAfee want people to stay away. Sites like these help Windows users keep their systems secure and give McAfee customers...
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    some public relations exercise required

    this ones for the admin and site owners. a red warning may keep some visitors away. someone should contact McAfee and clarify.

    Another thing i found, when i add ao to it's do not warn list...nothing happens. it's still red. even after i reloaded the browser.

    surely we don't need an unwanted watchdog for ao.

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    Re: some public relations exercise required

    Originally posted here by chizra
    this ones for the admin and site owners. a red warning may keep some visitors away. someone should contact McAfee and clarify.

    Another thing i found, when i add ao to it's do not warn list...nothing happens. it's still red. even after i reloaded the browser.

    surely we don't need an unwanted watchdog for ao.

    It is only a watchdog if you use the software. That site says exactly what it does and nowhere in those descriptions does it say that either one of them is a virus. It tells you what changes are made. I would say the problem is with spyblocker pro. For some reason there is something in there that is making McAfee think it is a trojan. But when you look at what it is doing you can see it really isn't. As for the other one. It was just the way the user created the perl script. It hit on another signature that makes it think it is a virus.

    If you don't like what siteadvisor is doing.. Don't use it.

    SBpro trojan is a false positive- http://www.spyblocker-software.com/m...showtopic=8327

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    precisely...thats what i wished was communicated..not here the posts, but to the software co.

    i also mentioned there is do not block site problem...

    neways..im outta here!
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    For some reason there is something in there that is making McAfee think it is a trojan.
    I guess that the heuristics scan spots the routine that shuts the application down for updates or whatever.

    I ran it through Virus Total and Jotti, and everything came up clean. Somehow it has been resolved, but I wonder how good SiteAdvisor is at updating itself?

    It seems to me that the product needs more thought and more work. After all, what do you expect to find on a security site .................. recipes for chili con carne?

    As a "general rule of thumb" I guess the product is doing a fair job. Looking from the outside I would say that it needs some sort of "whitelist" facility so as not to identify legitimate security sites with skiddie sites?

    I know that I am a pedantic old fart but I do get rather irritated by applications that see everything in "black & white". For example I have those that identify John the Ripper and Cain & Abel as malware................... more sophisticated applications merely flag them as "suspicious" and tell you that if you installed them: fine, if you didn't then you have a problem
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