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Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Torry » 02 Jan 2018 02:20

Good morning all. After some 15 years I have started raiding again mainly due to now being retired and bored lol.

I am having issues with Norton. It is giving me virus threats on levels which I believe are incorrect but just wanted to check if you folk are having these issues as well. An example is the level Pearl of Kojada. It is detecting threats in the PoK.exe as well as the Tomb_NextGeneration.dll. Is anyone having the same issues?

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by vimmers » 02 Jan 2018 05:58

hi torry long time no see
hope it's going well down under
its wrong forum to ask your question in
read here viewtopic.php?f=78&t=30828
and several others
viewforum.php?f=78&sid=afdcef65f77777d28e57578b85c80e7c

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Torry » 02 Jan 2018 06:27

Thanks Vimmers. Is as I thought. Sorry about the incorrect forum, have one of the mods move it would you? Ta mate.

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by José » 02 Jan 2018 11:25

Welcome back, Torry.
Yes, it's "normal" that your antivirus software alerts of a menace.
At least, yes in my case (I'm using Avast).
But only in very few levels like this. Don't worry about that, there's not any virus in the "exe" file.
What I do is to temporarily disable the antivirus only until I finish the level or stop playing.
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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Jorge22 » 02 Jan 2018 11:44

And what I do (using Avast too) is add the file to the exceptions. All will go fine from there.

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Tartan » 02 Jan 2018 14:35

I am doing this for each level.
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How do I exclude a file from Auto-Protect and scans?
If you think Norton identifies a valid application as a security risk, you can exclude
the file from Norton scans.
Exclude files from Norton scans
1 In the Norton main window, click Settings.
2 In the Settings window, under Detailed Settings, click Antivirus.
3 In the Antivirus settings window, click the Scans and Risks tab.
4 Under Exclusions / Low Risks, do one of the following:
■ In the Items to Exclude from Scans row, click Configure.
■ In the Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download
Intelligence Detection row, click Configure.
5 In the window that appears, click Add Folders or Add Files.
6 In the Add Item dialog box, click the browse icon. In the dialog box that appears,
select the item that you want to exclude from scans.
7 Click OK.

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by SuzanneJack » 03 Jan 2018 14:26

OMG...Hi Torry :D and Cher :D

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Jorge22 » 09 Jan 2018 13:28

Avast finally did it. When I tried to run Quest for Immortality, they sent the file to wherever their laboratories are, came up with the news that the file was malicious and quarantined it. So, I restored it and added it to Avast's exclusions.

Only, it's the same as nothing - my computer can't access the file, it's been blocked somehow. Can you believe that?

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Solved it by using an exe from the Christmas levels. Oh well, as long as it works...
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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by vimmers » 09 Jan 2018 16:19

try to extract it again
cos if you also have windows defender it can also be blocked there

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Jorge22 » 09 Jan 2018 16:39

Nope. Only Avast (and Malwarebytes but Malwarebytes has remained calm). And yes, I have extracted it again to no avail. And I already sent the file to Avast with my complaints (although experience tells me it probably won't make much difference).

At least I can play it by using another exe... :)
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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by MrJavi94 » 09 Jan 2018 21:23

I added the entire folder to my antivirus exclusion list, so I don't need to be turning it off every time I need to extract the contents of a zipped file into a level folder. I'm using Norton btw, and it works fine.
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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by High Priestess » 15 Jan 2018 00:41

I just came here to post the same thing - Malware and the only things I actively download are TR:LE levels.

Please don't think I am in any way complaining because I adore this site and its members plus the lovely levels that are being created. Once again today, my brother who is high-up in IT had to use Teamviewer to remove viruses and they all came from here apparently.

Well, that doesn't really HARM my computer as Windows Defender can be quite effective in quarantining things but I will have to get something else put on.

The only problem I have is that wretched Yahoo PUP. It reads "There is a recommended update for this PC" and it renders the user unable to continue in any open tab - so one has to restart which can be highly frustating if I am am working on an unsaved document.

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Matie » 15 Jan 2018 09:39

I highly doubt the source of malware would be custom levels... the antiviruses are giving false alarms because of the modified executable, they don't contain any malware or viruses. You can get malware from browsing the wrong webpage or installing a seemingly safe program.

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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Jorge22 » 16 Jan 2018 16:25

Yes, that exe is a pita.

I always assume every level is checked before being published for download.
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Re: Virus Threats in Custom Levels

Post by Torry » 17 Jan 2018 07:07

Thanks all and Hi SuzanneJack.

I have spent the last two weeks replaying TR1 and TR2 via the GOG versions and have just figured out how to run Unfinished Business on Windows 7 thanks to Paul at Glidos.net.

I must say these are bringing back memories as it has been 15 years since my last decent raid.

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