|10 Dec 2009||#1|
Weird Windows Defender behavior
To begin with, I run Windows 7 Professional. I keep it patched up to date. I also run ESET NOD32 v4, and Windows Defender is on by default. Malwarebytes AntiMalware is run once a week on-demand.
Today I launched Steam, connected, and found there was a patch. I downloaded the patch and let it install. After it installed, I reconnected to steam, and suddenly Windows Defender popped up.
The popup balloon didn't say that it had found a virus, or malware. It said it flagged SteamServiceTmp.exe, and that it wanted to submit the file to Microsoft. I don't know if this means there was a virus in the file or some other malware. I think that's unlikely, considering it came directly from Valve (That's the file that launches to patch the Steam Service), but I'm not sure what that means. I can't find any record of the file being detected in the Windows Defender History, at all. Does this mean I have a virus? What is this all about?
All I can find is this information from the Event Viewer:
Fault bucket 864089046, type 5
Event Name: AVSubmit
Response: Not available
Cab Id: 0
P1: Windows Defender
These files may be available here:
Rechecking for solution: 0
Report Id: 78cda38e-e5ff-11de-862f-001fbc01945b
Report Status: 0
EDIT: Upon review, here's the contents of the Report.wer file generated
Sig.Name=Problem Signature 01
Sig.Name=Problem Signature 02
Sig.Name=Problem Signature 03
Sig.Name=Problem Signature 04
Sig.Name=Problem Signature 05
AppName=Windows Defender User Interface
AppPath=C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
I uploaded the file to Virustotal, but the report has since expired. It came back with 1/41 as the result, with Panda finding the only positive (W32/Xor-encoded.A), and everything else being negative.
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|11 Dec 2009||#3|
It sounds like the file must be safe then. Thanks for the link!
Windows Defender keeps doing this, though. It did it for the second time just recently. This time I caught the balloon message: "Review files that Windows Defender will Send to Microsoft (Important)". Then it asks me to submit the files when I look for more information. I can find information in the Event Viewer, but not in the Defender logs. It doesn't say "This is a piece of malware" explicitly, but the logs in the Event viewer call this an "AVsubmission". This time it did it to me for uninstall_plugin.exe after updating Flash from Adobe's website.
Is this normal behavior for Defender? Is it saying these files are malware? Or is it just submitting them to Microsoft for some unknown reason?
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|12 Dec 2009||#5|
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