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thingummijig
Level 7

Where to report suspected trojan/virus file?

I've just received two emails from unknown people that contain exactly the subject (part of my address), same text (just my name and address) and a .PNG attachment. 

According to many sites, .PNG are harmless, but in other sites they link them with trojans.  I ran it through the McAfee scan and it found no issue. 

However, I don't believe that two emails from unknowns in a clearly automated format are harmless.  I'd like to refer them to somewhere for further verification (and probably improvement of the scanner).  Is there somewhere at McAfee that I can send them?

If that doesn't exist, does anyone know of a way to safely open them with no chance of something ferreting around for data or causing other mayhem.

Cheers,

b.

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Where to report suspected trojan/virus file?

You can send it up to McAfee for further analysis and/or upload it to VirusTotal where is will analysed by all the major antivirus engines.

Send a file to Avert Labs for analysis:

http://vil.nai.com/vil/submit-sample.aspx

or

https://www.webimmune.net/default.asp

or

Email file to: virus_research@avertlabs.com

When submitting samples via E-mail all samples must be packaged in a .ZIP file. When creating this .ZIP file, it is important to understand that the .ZIP can be no more than 3 megabytes in size and can contain no more than 30 files. Additionally, any .ZIP file created must be password-protected using the password "infected" (minus the ""). Failure to follow these guidelines will cause your submission to be rejected.

VirusTotal:  http://www.virustotal.com/metodos.html

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thingummijig
Level 7

Re: Where to report suspected trojan/virus file?

Don't you wish the 'formal' sites were as quick and thorough?  Many thanks for that.

Cheers,

b.

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Where to report suspected trojan/virus file?

Yes indeed and you're welcome. ;-)

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