Working with scan results
When a scan is finished, you receive an alert informing you about the results of the scan.
i have mcafee total protection
and i have a scan scheduled every friday
and i haven't seen any scan results ever
from a scheduled scan... until today
(i have for real time scanning but not this)
it shows a list of viruses from the scan
i click see all and it shows a list of files
ten of them... files i've had for years...
ok until today...
where did they come from?
it lists the file names but it doesn't say where it found them
it says it quarantined 40 in the last three months
there were two potentially unwanted programs
it only lists them by the thing they're supposedly infected with
i click on the link which goes to a mcafee page
and get this:
Threat Profile: Water joke
Risk Assessment: Home N/A | Corporate N/A
Date Discovered: 1/13/2002
Date Added: 10/20/2003
DAT Required: 4184
This is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) detection. It is not a virus or trojan.
PUPs are any piece of software which a reasonably security-or privacy-minded
computer user may want to be informed of.
N/A - This is not a virus.
N/A - This is not a virus.
Joke-Water, SystemOK joke
a "piece of software which a reasonably security-or privacy-minded
computer user may want to be informed of"
it's not a virus, has no symptoms, no method, no risk...
but it's potentially unwanted... because of what?
there were many joke programs for windows 3.1 and earlier
screensavers and desktop programs
some of them mcafee doesn't seem to like
but avast and avg said they were ok
screensavers that crumple your screen
eat holes in your desktop
you don't see those anymore...
i used to use some of these and they were fun
but these i hadn't seen before...
some of these are from the 80's
i recently copied files over from a backup drive
that has been untouched since 2008
and passed many avg virus scans
and mcafee began rejecting them left and right
games i've had for years and never played...
after searching, it seems the only way to find the scan results
is to look at the log file which i found under ProgramData
which also shows where the files originated from
* it would be much easier if there were a way
from within the program to view the log file or save the list... *
the program shows the number of files checked during the last scan
but the security report only shows what it's found from the beginning
which is nice, but it doesn't show the results from the last scan
i see the scan summary on the scheduled scan page shows the number of files scanned
but that's all it says and it doesn't show the date
i would assume it's the last scan but...
the number of files scanned doesn't match
the number it says in the main window under files checked during your last scan...
* it would really nice if you could just click on the security report
and see the results of the last scan *
Quarantined And Trusted Items
altogether it showed 48 files on the list in the past three months
i assume if i clicked restore it would restore them to where they were
but interestingly, there were 31 files in the quarantine folder
and after deleting about half of them through the program
there were still 31 files in the quarantine folder
and i can see they're still there...
actually i'm glad it didn't delete them
because after finding out what some of them were...
it flagged seven non-animated gifs from denny's restaurant
like DennysBaconCheddar.gif" with "W32/Giframer"
(i was going to use those for something)
all of the games it flagged with "Artemis!"
every single one... all with different numbers...
it seems strange that all of them could have the same trojan
that has escaped detection for twenty years...
it also flagged a zip of GameBase Amiga games with "Amiga/Generic"
since this is new i'm really not sure
but the label seems strange...
do i need to research every single one?
mcafee does really good on the stuff that's current...