Keyfinder.exe flagged as malicious software

Posted on 2007-07-31
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Keyfinder.exe from Magic Jelly Beans is being flagged by TrendMicro's Anti-Spyware as malicious code.  Is this a false positive?

How does one know?

Running Windows XP Home SP2 - up to date
TM AntiSpyware V. 3.0 up to date
Question by:Robert

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abuckheit earned 1000 total points
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false positive:

Another thing I'd like to address is all of the emails I've been receiving saying the Keyfinder is infected with a virus. No... it's not. Your virus scanner, essentially, is being overprotective. It's trying to do more than scan for viruses. With today's wonderful world of spyware, it seems that a lot of scanners out there are identifying software that "can be used by a malicious user for malevolent purposes." (That is a direct quote from the Trendmicro write-up for the Keyfinder.)

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I just watched the movie, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"  Not that that is a direct segue, it's probably more of a non-sequitur.

Anyhow, I went to Trend Micro's website, and did a search on "keyfinder" - which came up empty.

I next googled "trend micro keyfinder" and went thru Ed Bott's Blog (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=233) to find a link back to Trend Micro about keyfinder (http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/grayware/ve_graywareDetails.asp?GNAME=CRCK_JBEAN.A&VSect=Td)

iIt's explanation does make some sense:  "Its information gathering capability can be used by a malicious user for malevolent purposes..." as you had noted.   Ah, back to the Electric Car movie.  As General Motors would like to tell it - if it would even acknowledge the EV1 - that the EV1 was not environmentally or financially worthwhile.  Segue with me now... Trend Micro will write up keyfinder on its website, but you can't find it thru Trend Micro!

My .02 USD, not sure it's even worth a single dong.


ps - $1 USD = 16,010 Vietnam Dong as of 7/10/07  Exchange rates are subject to change.

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