Security Tool not recognized by McAfee SecurityCenter

Written by James McDonald

April 24, 2010

This post was written before McAfee wrongly identified svchost.exe as a virus and caused many large businesses to close their doors while the problem was resolved:

Fixing a laptop for a friend gratis Has some sort of malicious application known as “Security Tool” installed (under windows 7) into c:\programdata\81504826\81504826.exe
SecurityTool Icon

You would think that a Malware Application that installs itself into the RUN key with a random executable name and that shuts down cmd.exe and regedit.exe when you launch them would immediately be recognized by a so-called anti-virus anti-spam (10.15.106) suite such as McAfee version 9.15

No such joy. Right clicking and choosing to scan the file didn’t pick it up.

So after a suggestion from a friend I installed MalwareBytes which currently is scanning and has found the problem.

So trusting in your antivirus vendor to get it right all the time may get you caught out.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

You May Also Like…

Ubuntu on Hyper-v

It boils town to installing linux-azure # as root or sudo apt-get update apt-get install linux-azure...