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Prevx: A highly advanced crapware

I don’t know if you have heard of Prevx, but I have installed it on my Windows Server 2003 last week. These guys have created the most sophisticated Anti-virus software ever. It brings a new approach to virus and malware detection. It skips real malware files, and detects normal files as virusses. For example, I tried installing Microsoft’s Silverlight for Microsoft’s new search engine Tafiti, and Prevx detected a file as virus in this official package.

It also authenticates every executable it doesn’t know at start, thus rendering debugging slow as hell.

Just keep away.  Don’t trust this crapware.

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  1. john
    November 1, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I have not used the product so I’ll reserve my comment to only the “identification” of suppected malware/virus by the Privx product. I wrote an application for a company that sells Yellow Page directory listings (TIC), which assists the CSR in acquiring new accounts that were targeted through mass mail. The application does not update the registry or any files in directories outside of it own root directory and subdirectories. So, imagine my suprise when the applicaiton (ADTRACC.EXE) showed up on PrevX list of suspected malware. Suspected? How? Why? Also the PrevX site lists the creating company as unknown when the company’ name is clearly contained in the executable module.

  2. Excessive
    November 2, 2007 at 8:32 am

    Hello and thanks for stopping by.

    I suppose the product scans everything you run, and uploads file to PrevX server if it sees it suspicious. Most of the virusses/trojans come with a fake version information, and I think this is why they don’t trust your executable either.

    This approach is not acceptable, and makes your world as slow as hell if you’re a programmer.

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