Steam Malware?!

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  1. Deadringers

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    Really strange one this morning...

    So I booted up my PC and everything was fine, rebooted for another reason..

    then on the 2nd boot of this morning came up with this:

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    Hopefully it isn't due to the copious amounts of porn I download but who knows!?

    Just strange that it is steam exe...it then came up with this:
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    I'll do it and let you know the results!
     
  2. Deadringers

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    after a quick google and scan it seems it is a false positive...I could disable AV but not going to.

    will have to wait till avast/steam sort this out.
     
  3. Sinzer

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    You should be able to set an exception in the settings of Avast. Just add your steam folder to it.
     
  4. MiniCho5en1

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    I'm getting fed up with it, its messed steam up 3 times this week.

    I've since followed the instructions of disabling avast for 10 mins, update steam and then enable all of avasts shields again once steam has finished and is open.
     
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  6. Deadringers

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    Just to update everyone..as of today Friday July 27 2012 (<<so that it appears in google results)

    Avast seems to have updated their virus database today for the 2nd time and it now doesn't pick up steam as a virus/malware :)
     
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    This is an alternative, get rid of Avast and get a better MS Security Essentials, best bit of anti virus software by far.
     
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    ^^wot he said^^ :D
     
  9. Deadringers

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    ...doesnt pick up Steam as a false postive for a start.....:D
     
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    Not everyone has had that issue though, have they, and I would dread to think what putting all my trust in microsoft software would do for my pc?!:laugh:
     
  12. Deadringers

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    I do wonder though as i only ever hear people say X is better...then just stop.

    if someone can provide me with some stats clearly showing how MS is better in the antivirus/malware side of things then i would gladly switch.

    personally i think they are all much of a muchness.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend Microsoft Security Essentials overall, but then I wouldn't recommend Avast either. In AV Comparatives' most recent file detection test MSE came last, detecting 93.1% of the infected sample files used, although it came first in the false positives test with 0. Overall they gave it a 1 star "standard" rating. Obviously that's just 1 test out of several that they do, plus Avast doesn't exactly do very well either in some of the tests and it does lose out to MSE in some of them.

    If you want the best AV protection, you need to pay for it. The 5 products that receive the top 3 star rating in AV Comparatives' "real world protection test" (which is arguably the best way of seeing which product is best) are BitDefender, G DATA, Kaspersky, Qihoo (which is a new one on me) and F-Secure.
     
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    For 99% of all home users MSE is all you need, plus some common sense not to click suspicious links and download dodgy executables.

    Very lightweight and not obtrusive like Avast and other popular free clients.
     
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    I'm sorry but you told me it was perfectly legit, and totally safe. I trusted you, now my PC keeps posting up pics you naked, it's bloody disgusting!

    :rotfl::laugh:
     
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    I don't use any anti-virus software :D

    Never had a problem, just stay away from porn and warez sites :smashin:

    But when building/setting up computers for anyone I always install MSE, free and seems to do a decent job with very little system resource usage.
     
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    Now, there's an obvious flaw in your argument there;):D
     
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    No flaw ;)

    Normal users tend to visit websites for "free" movies, mp3s, software etc. This is one of the most common ways to get a virus. Hence the need for anti-virus for them.

    I stay away from such websites, only obtaining anything like that from websites I've used for years that scan uploads for viruses prior to a user being able to download them.

    Unless you just meant beacause I mentioned staying away from porn websites! :laugh:
     
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    Woke up to this again this morning, it seems whenever Steam updates the FileSystem_Steam.dll is flagged as Malware by Avast.

    If it happens again, i'll be getting rid of Avast for something else.
     
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    You can run the definitions updater, it's been reported and fixed.

    I use Avast, and haven't started Steam when these false positives occur, but I'd rather have a programme that did what it did, in a way, than one that did nothing.
    Reading on the Steam forums, other AV software also did it/has done it.

    You can always add Steam to the exclusions list, that should stop it, from Avasts checking.
     
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    Heretic!
     
  22. MiniCho5en1

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    Finally managed to find where i needed to add the exclusion to stop Avast from flagging everytime steam wanted to update. I initially added it into the wrong exclusion list meaning steam was only skipped during full virus scans but was still being picked up by the real time shields.

    For anyone else who isn't sure it can be found by doing the following:

    Open avast user interface, click real-time shields down the left hand side, click file system shield, open expert settings (top right, underneath stop button), click exclusions, click add (bottom left) and use the browse button to find your steam installation, place a tick next to it, click ok and close avast interface.

    Had no more issues since doing those steps and steam happily updates now :)
     

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