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    We received word from Avast. They will correct this in an update scheduled for tonight, 8/22/07.

    -Damian


    Hello,

    This is false positive alert and will be fixed in next VPS update (tonight).
    We apologized for this problem.

    Best regards

    Michal Trs
    Avast! virus analyst


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    Ticket ID: JEQ-450169

    Department: Virus

    Priority: Low

    Status: Closed
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    With the latest update NOD32 still flags it as a trojan.

    I'm not a computer expert, exactly what causes these "false positive alerts"?

    I think it is quite strange how most if not all virus scanners now suddenly flag this software. Was something bad added to the software? I don't know what to think now. I hope a computer expert will correct my assumption.
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    Ace$pade,

    This is actually a very common occurance for many gambling sites. I'm not sure what causes it, but as you can see by the copy and paste of the response we received from Advert, this is nothing they are not used to.

    The "false positive" was a term used by the virus company, not Affiliated Web/UPP.

    I can assure you that nothing "bad" was added to the software. This sometimes happens when we make any major updates to the software, which we did recently.

    Damian Stevens
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    Virus scanners all want to show as many prevented infections as possible, that makes them competitive.

    This is basically good, as it makes them thorough, but it is a mixed blessing.

    They do automatically delete cookies of their choosing. The more the merrier, for above reasons.

    The free internet depends on cookies. Most of the websites offering free info depend on sales from clicks, and the resulting cookies.

    If this progresses to where only things like adsense escape...... you can see the picture that emerges for affiliates of all descriptions.
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    if i run ad-aware it finds loads of casino cookies,
    (warning!! malicious!!)
    i dont want those to be deleted...
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgoog View Post
    if i run ad-aware it finds loads of casino cookies,
    (warning!! malicious!!)
    i dont want those to be deleted...
    Yes, but with ad-aware, you can put things you don't want deleted into an exception list.
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    That's fine for us, but how many casual internet users are going to sort through cookies that a spyware program calls malicious and tells them need to be deleted?

    Close to none is my guess.
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    Avast corrected it. I can now download and install the software again.

    Let me explain:
    False positive is a common term in spam and virus detection. It means that was false to flag it as a positive.

    They flag this kind of software as a trojan, maybe because the download exe contacts the web server to download the rest of the software.
    So this has nothing to do with this specific software, nor something bad was added, this is just a common modus operandi, so anti-virus flag the suspicious download action.

    Hope it's clear now. It's a ongoing battle to make anti-virus software houses to remove these alerts from honest software.
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