Virus detected in Foldit

Case number:699969-2002678
Topic:General
Opened by:mimi
Status:Open
Type:Question
Opened on:Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 20:48
Last modified:Friday, August 19, 2016 - 15:29

I've just had Norton Security quarantine foldit because it detected a virus (Trojan.Gen.SMH) in it.
It has removed foldit.exe not only from the current foldit folder but also from backup copies.
I haven't yet tried reinstalling foldit although I am wondering if it will let me.
Has anyone else had anything like this happen?

(Wed, 08/10/2016 - 20:48  |  9 comments)


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As you know, we've had past instances with anti-virus software giving false positives on either the installer or foldit.exe itself. Just make sure as you're reinstalling to download the installer directly from the http://fold.it website and everything should be fine.

(I also let the team know that this was happening, of course.)

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Have just had Norton support doing a general check and disinfect of my system for the last 45 minutes. They have restored foldit and given it a clean bill of health. Pleased to be back working, I was afraid that it was going to take a permanent dislike to the foldit program.

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Same here. Norton detected the virus trojan.gen.smh and removed the foldit executable. Are you sure the executable is clean? Think I'll take a foldit break and wait a while to see if others weigh in.

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I let Norton load various special tools and go through with a fine toothed comb to check for viruses. I'm assuming that they know what they are talking about and that the system is now clean. I restarted foldit while they were still looking at the system and Norton did not detect anything then. Obviously something funny going on however if it isn't just me.

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Reading about trojan.gen.smh on the symantec site: "Trojan.Gen.SMH is a generic detection for many individual but varied Trojans for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against many Trojans that share similar characteristics." One common characteristic is use of IRC to send data, which foldit also does, making it look possibly suspicious. A new definition of trojan.gen.smh is included in virus definitions dated Aug 11, 2016, so foldit is probably getting newly flagged because the definition is new, not because foldit has suddenly acquired suspicious code.

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I now had the same trojan.gen.smh virus detection on both the installer and the foldit executable by Symantec. I have asked Symantec to confirm it is a false positive.

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Starting in the late 90s and creating its own reign of terror in 2003/2004 was Norton Anti-virus. NAV would claim a virus infection and proceed into a vicious loop that ultimately would destroy the operating system. Symantec blamed the failures on Microsoft, but MS came up some rebuttals that were actually quite valid. Needless to say, Symantec then decided to let thing lie low and changed NAV a little bit. I personally quit using NAV back in 2004 after having seen far to many of the problems created by the software ( Symantec loves to embed their softwares far to deeply into an operating system, which can lead to extremely bad hehavior ). I must add that in those days, Symantec's behavior was a shame on the software industry in general and lead to a sharp reduction in Symantec employees for a while. People got tired of their excuses. First thing I do on any new or used computer is remove all Symantec software. Only way I can trust the computer to work decently and consistently. These may be old stories to most, but I'll still tell them till the day I die.

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I've heard these stories too. I've also heard those old stories no longer apply with the newer Norton Anti-virus. If you can find a recent Norton Anti-virus article from a reputable site that still states Norton Anti-virus destroys operating systems or causes any more problems than other AV software please post it. BTW, pretty much every major software has gone through good and bad times. Windows is a good example.

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Interesting reading, but I think we're starting to get a little off track here. :)

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