[RC5] AVG detects dnet.exe as a trojan and deletes it

Roderick Fikel rfikel at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 17 14:15:13 EDT 2007

I've had this problem a few times with Free AVG. I always just exclude it. Lately I have had a few too many false positives with AVG though, so I am giving avast a spin on one of my systems.


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----- Original Message ----

From: Kevin McCoy <kgmccoy at idk-inc.com>

To: D.net Discussion <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>

Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 11:11:08 AM

Subject: [RC5] AVG detects dnet.exe as a trojan and deletes it

    I noticed that dnet stopped working on two of my machines and went to investigate. It turned out that a couple of my users had installed Grisoft AVG anti-virus, and the thing had removed dnet.exe on account of it being a "trojan".


 A peek at the Grisoft forum and a search for "dnet" pops up a thread from back in July where another AVG user had the same problem. Grisoft tech support cited several articles that seemingly back up their claim that dnet is a trojan. If you read the articles closely, (as you all know), dnet was being installed and configured by a real trojan/worm program, but dnet.exe itself is benign. 


 Grisoft tech support said (and I quote):


 "Personally ( ie this is my opinion ), as many trojans and worms use this file that I would not consider it as safe and I would also associate it with malware."


 The recipient of this response was unamused.  :-) 


 AVG should be searching for and removing the trojan, not its payload. Symantec's NAV and CA eTrust don't do this, so it looks like AVG is the only major anti-virus program that does.


 Using Grisoft's logic - perhaps they should also remove Internet Explorer and/or XP itself, since they both are heavily involved with most major viruses and facilitate their distribution.  ;-) 


 I am going to write them about it, but I think that if more people wrote them as well, we could get them to change their policy. Please help me out by writing them and letting Grisoft know that they have made a big mistake.



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  Best regards,


  Kevin G. McCoy





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