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Windows 7: Can you disable FF's virus scan?

02 Apr 2011   #1
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Can you disable FF's virus scan?

1.) Can I stop FF from scanning downloaded files?

2.) If I stop this feature, will the file still be scanned by OS?

Basically, I have this feeling that FF is making the file get scanned twice and why not eliminate 1.

FYI, I use the Download Manager Tweak 0.9.5 ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...manager-tweak/ )


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02 Apr 2011   #2
RealPetChicken

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

i don't which firefox version you have but you can check this out

Browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
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02 Apr 2011   #3
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BTNH108464 View Post
i don't which firefox version you have but you can check this out

Browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
Thank you very much for that link, BTNH108464.

The article does not seem to address FF 4, which I am using, so I decided to try setting the values to false and seeing what happens. Pleasee see attached image for the exact changes I made.

After setting both values to false restarted FF and went to: eicar | THE ANTI-VIRUS OR ANTI-MALWARE TEST FILE

I downloaded some normal safe files and then downloaded some virus test files from EICAR. FF 4 did not scan files but MSE did catch the eicar files. I assume this means that the FF values are not overriding Window's security policy checks.

is this a safe assumption?

Thanks again


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03 Apr 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I think that it boils down to how quickly an AV finds a problem, as well as which ones it finds. Since FF only triggers which ever AV that you use, there would be no difference in it's detection rate, and even if it causes a double scan, it does not seem to cause any problems on my computer. The fact that I can see that the scan is actually performed makes me feel a bit more secure, whether I am or not.
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03 Apr 2011   #5
RealPetChicken

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BTNH108464 View Post
i don't which firefox version you have but you can check this out

Browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
Thank you very much for that link, BTNH108464.

The article does not seem to address FF 4, which I am using, so I decided to try setting the values to false and seeing what happens. Pleasee see attached image for the exact changes I made.

After setting both values to false restarted FF and went to: eicar | THE ANTI-VIRUS OR ANTI-MALWARE TEST FILE

I downloaded some normal safe files and then downloaded some virus test files from EICAR. FF 4 did not scan files but MSE did catch the eicar files. I assume this means that the FF values are not overriding Window's security policy checks.

is this a safe assumption?

Thanks again
Sounds great, on older versions of firefox it would override windows security checks, guess not in ff4. Safe to assume? Yes, but it is never a bad idea to do more tests
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03 Apr 2011   #6
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone

This preference should be left alone. It controls whether or not Firefox Sync includes your virus scanning preference when syncing. Keep it set to "true"


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thanks to everybody for helping
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