12-25-2008 11:08 AM
I downloaded a zipped file with an .exe in it for a program distributed from a commercial product website that I believe is safe. When trying to extract the file from the .zip, the .exe never makes it--it's always deleted under the threat name Suspicious.MH690 (which I've read elsewhere in another thread is a recent addition to NAV definitions).
I have to turn NAV off to get it to execute. I then have to exclude the file in Exclusions to get it to stay on the hard drive--otherwise, as soon as I turn NAV back on, it's gone.
I tried just scanning the file by itself after it was unzipped and excluded just to see if it detected any other threat after being successfully unzipped, and NAV deleted it with the same message: Suspicious.MH690.
I'm pretty comfortable this file is safe. I think just excluding the file from NAV is the way to go here, but is there a way to tell NAV not to delete it for Suspicious.MH690 but to look for other threats within the file? Is there a better way to get NAV to let the file unzip without turning NAV off for a few moments?
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12-25-2008 11:29 AM
Symantec’s antivirus products contain a highly sensitive detection technology designed to detect entirely new malware threats without traditional signatures. This technology is aimed at detecting malicious software that has been intentionally mutated or morphed by attackers.
If one or more files on your computer have been classified as having a Suspicious.MH690 threat, this indicates that the files have suspicious characteristics and therefore might contain a new or unknown threat. However, given the sensitive nature of this detection technology, it may occasionally identify non-malicious, legitimate software programs that also share these behavioral characteristics. Therefore, it is recommended that users manually check all files detected as Suspicious.MH690 by Symantec antivirus products for potential misidentification, and submit any suspect files to Symantec Security Response for further analysis. For instructions on how to do this, read Submit Virus Samples.
In rare cases where a legitimate file has been misidentified and subsequently quarantined, your computer may behave abnormally or you may find that one or more applications no longer function as expected. In such rare situations, you should open the Quarantine in your Symantec antivirus product. From here, you may review the list of all files detected as Suspicious.MH690 and, if you identify a potential misidentification, restore the file from quarantine and allow it to run normally.
If you 100% confident that the file is safe for your computer, then disable the compressed file scanning for time being as it is in .zip format. Otherwise, turn off NAV completely or exclude the .zip file from scanning.