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Windows 7: MalwareByte Scan Report

07 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 
MalwareByte Scan Report

After updating MalwareBytes Database, I did a quick scan today. It identified one malicious item as follows.

Registry Keys Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\itunes.exe (Security.Hijack) -> No action taken.

Of course I ignored it but why is an iTunes Registry entry being identified as a malicious item? I have been using my iTunes for ever but MalwareBytes had never identified this entry as malicious earlier.

Could someone please give me an answer.

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07 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

IFEO's, which is what this is, aren't always bad. In fact what triggered this is fairly commonplace in both good and bad apps.

In this particular case if itunes is working properly I wouldn't be too worried about it.
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07 Apr 2012   #3

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

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Of course I ignored it but why is an iTunes Registry entry being identified as a malicious item
Because many malware use this as a loop hole to launch themselves at startup. Its just a general mechanism of redirecting what application gets launched, so, lets take notepad.exe for example. I can make a key named notepad.exe but have it pointed to badapp.exe . Now everytime you try to launch notepad, instead of it, that badapp.exe will open.

But in this case, if this is the only thing your getting from the scan, then its most likely just a false positive.

You can do an online scan with Eset or Kaspersky if you want also if you've any doubts..
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07 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Thank you Maguscreed and EzioAuditore. Incidentally what is IFFO. Checked in Google but didn't get any satisfactory information.
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07 Apr 2012   #5

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

kind of hard to explain to someone really.
It would help if you googled the right acronym though.
IFEO
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07 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Thanks Maguscreed. Earlier I had mistyped. After getting your message I typed correctly, googled and found out.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
kind of hard to explain to someone really.
It would help if you googled the right acronym though.
IFEO
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