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Topic # 8961 9-Aug-2006 21:40
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I usually have my Vodafone Connect Card plugged into my laptop at all times and use it occasionally. Today, I double-clicked on its icon and my Avast antivirus popped out instantly advising me that it contains a virus (win32:Agent-ATQ) which I moved to the Chest as recommended. Then, the Vodafone software prompted me for a reinstall and asked to insert the Vodafone installation CD, which I did.

The re-installation did not work at first, but after a few phone calls with Vodafone support (who obviously told me that the virus is not in Vodafone's software), I managed to reinstall the software. However the virus warning appeared again.

The first thing I did then was to run a scan with my Avast antivirus. It found 2 occurrences of

Sign of "Win32:Agent-ATQ [Trj]" has been found in "C:\Program Files\Vodafone\Vodafone Mobile Connect\UpdateX.dll" file.

and also

Sign of "Win32:Agent-ATQ [Trj]" has been found in "E:\Software\VMC\program files\Vodafone\Vodafone Mobile Connect\UpdateX.dll" file.

the latter being on Vodafone's installation CD, which was inserted in my CD drive at that time, and being scanned by Avast.

I then ran the scan at boot time and it found 2 more occurrences of the dll in C:\System volume information\_restore{5432 ...etc}. I put everything in the Chest.

Is Vodafone's CD infected? Anybody else experiencing this?

At this stage, I have removed the card and the CD from my laptop, and I am reluctant to put them back in.


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Reply # 43641 9-Aug-2006 21:42
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I recommend you perform an on-line scan with other tools. My Avast Server and Avast desktop both complained about a file that has been safely used for the last year, without any changes. I suspect it's a false positive.

I would expect virus to be reported on a new file, and then spread to other files. It's very unusual for a virus to show up on an old file, out of nothing.







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  Reply # 43642 9-Aug-2006 21:45
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Alright, I'll run an online scan tomorrow, although it might be too late now, as the suspicious files have been moved to Avast Chest. I'll keep you informed.

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  Reply # 43643 9-Aug-2006 21:46
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I got that today too, which I think is false positive. After it was moved to the Chest, VMC doesn't work on the next run.

So I moved the file from Chest, back to VMC folder and renamed it back. And all worked again.


Oh yes, I am using Avast! 4 Home.




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  Reply # 43644 9-Aug-2006 22:00
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chiefie: Oh yes, I am using Avast! 4 Home.


I am using Avast! 4.7 Home too.

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  Reply # 43645 9-Aug-2006 22:18
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hehe.. i say you'd be safe... it very highly be false-positive.




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Reply # 43662 10-Aug-2006 09:51
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markwolk what version of VMC software you using thanks

There is no way its a virus

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Reply # 43663 10-Aug-2006 09:55
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i'm using the latest version from Vodafone NZ site. And i get the Avast alert for the file updateX.dll. Weird huh?




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Reply # 43665 10-Aug-2006 10:05
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I see in the Avast forums a few people complaining about virus being found on Google toolbar and others, with the same Trojan found on my old software. I think it's a bunch of false positive.

Again, test with other software. Online scans from Trendmicro are good.







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  Reply # 43669 10-Aug-2006 10:30
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johnr: markwolk what version of VMC software you using thanks.(...) There is no way its a virus
I use 7.0.607.374. I was unaware that it is possible to upgrade online. I haven't had the time to do the online scans yet; I will keep you posted.



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  Reply # 43699 10-Aug-2006 17:21
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OK, so I ran Panda online scan, the only online scan to my knowledge that allows scanning a CD inserted in the PC. It scanned Vodafone's CD and did not find any virus in it. I also ran Symantec's and Trendmicro's online scans of my hard drives, and nothing at all was detected. Avast's false positive seems like a good assumption.

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