standalone Adware/PUP scanner?

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by Snoop3, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. Snoop3

    Snoop3 Registered Member

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    if i scan a program known to have OpenCandy or some other adware PUP crud at Metascan or Jotti etc it seems like ESET NOD is the only one (occassionlly Filseclab or ClamAV) that is calling it malware. i guess the others have all been pressured or bought off.

    Would ESET consider making available a small standalone adware/PUP scanner?
     
  2. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

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    I think the ESET Online scanner will detect PUPs/PUAs, but i'm not sure.:doubt:

    But you could also continue to use VT as you have done until now, if you're only going to scan one file to find out if there's PUPs/PUAs inside before installing.
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    ESET never detects potentially unwanted or unsafe applications as malware. It's the problem of the file scanning service if they don't display correct classification.
     
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    agoretsky Eset Staff Account

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    Hello,

    It's possible that an unknowingly (or otherwise) infected application might be bundled with a PUA. In that case, you might see reports of both the malware and the PUA on the file. I'm not sure, though, as I don't recall this scenario happening off the top of my head, though.

    You could probably use the ESET Command Line Scanner (filename: ECLS.EXE) with the appropriate command-line options to perform a scan only for adware, potentially unsafe and potentially unwanted applications only, if you wanted to search your download directory (or wherever you save downloaded files to). It probably would be better just to scan them as they were downloaded, as well as periodically scanning that directory.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky
     
  6. Snoop3

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    thanks for the replies.
     
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