wont let me open IOS.ini

Discussion in 'WormGuard' started by tutankamon, Dec 15, 2003.

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  1. tutankamon

    tutankamon Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2003
    Lancashire U.K.
    Hi all,
    I have recently downloaded the trial version of Wormguard, first of all, I cant see it running anywhere,even when I look for it with Appswat, and other programs which show running processes. I know it is there because when I went to open IOS.ini with notepad to see what was in there, Wormguard suddenly appeared, saying"Warning! for security reasons this file has been blocked from opening etc" underneath that was Risk Assessment: Medium

    *> Suspicious strings detected.
    WormGuard has found a few strings in this file that are suspicious.

    *> Contains suspicious string: virus
    What does this mean? I have selected" Do nothing but stop the file from running" what now?
  2. Pilli

    Pilli Registered Member

    Feb 13, 2002
    Hampshire UK
    Hi tutankamon , WG does not work as a normal backround process, it only fires up when files are opened or try to open a file.:)
    If you know what IOS.ini is then open it but if you do not then try viewing the file safely (WG option). WG has no database and relies on the file contents to decide if a file is suspicious or not.
    You have to make the final decision.

    Take a good look through the help file and this may enable you to make the correct decision.

    This link may help: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q138/8/99.asp

    HTH Pilli
  3. CompilerBacter

    CompilerBacter Registered Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    Yes, opening a text file with the word "virus" in it will have the same effect, you get the idea.
  4. Gavin - DiamondCS

    Gavin - DiamondCS Former DCS Moderator

    Feb 10, 2002
    Perth, Western Australia
    Obviously Wormguard 4 has taken a long time and things like this are already well thought out :) The new engine recognises file types and what will open or execute something. In short this means "running" IOS.ini like you have done will NOT trigger an alarm because it would launch notepad.exe ios.ini. Notepad would be scanned and found to be clean, hence 0 danger :)
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