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Wow what a coincidence this just happened to me this morning. My daily scheduled scan happened and all of a sudden 2 of my .exe game files came up as infected. Games that have been installed for months. I figured it was a false positive. AVG doing its' part to scare off those who pirate!!
I had just set it to ignore those files, I never had any problems running Psychonauts.

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It's called a false positive, and usually the only way an anti virus reads a game .EXE as a virus is if it's a cracked .EXE.

Me thinks OP is lying.
Lying about what? That I own the games mentioned?

Need I to post pictures with my game boxes and discs with my user name written by them? Because I think it's quite unfair to say someone is lying out of the blue, false positive or not.
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I'd say use a better antivirus.

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It's called a false positive, and usually the only way an anti virus reads a game .EXE as a virus is if it's a cracked .EXE.
I know for a fact that Hoodcom has both original games, so that's out of question.
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Need I to post pictures with my game boxes and discs with my user name written by them?
ok since you insist

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ok since you insist


Here it is.

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post #25 of 35
I seen this same command virus notified with players who downloaded Crysis 2 demo. It's a false positive and AVG sucks anyways.
post #26 of 35
I recommend Avira, never had a false positive... always detects viruses.
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post #27 of 35
What you have here is AVG detecting your report monitoring for your games. This is enabled so that if your games crash data is sent to the designers and distributors to allow them to fix the error to be distributed in the next patch. AVG is a great Anti-Virus but if you are using a free version it lacks the features to allow these kind of executables. Next time you recieve these messages you need to just ignore this kind of message.
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False positive.
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post #29 of 35
Some DRM methods show up as viruses, that's all it is, nothing to worry about.
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First, lets get something straight. You dont only need AV if you surf PORN. .. that is nonsense. Anyone who is on the internet can be subjected to malicious threats and code regardless of the content you visit. AV software is important because it monitors your activity in addition to referrencing your files against a master list of known threats. Without that process there is no definitive way to determine if you actually have "never had a virus"... Just because everything looks and feels the same doesn't actually mean you aren't infected. Remember, not all viruses break the functionality of your Operating System.

Now to answer your question, Antivirus programs are created by definition to find software vulnerabilities. When you install games and programs that are not legit, you typically need a key generator or "like" software. The AV programs find this software and mark it as a vulnerability, which in return raise all your warning flags. THis is why your AV is telling you that the game is a virus... since it isn't a legit version, the key generator included in the download is what is recognized as the culprit.

Good AV software has the ability to make exceptions to certain scanning and indexing, but you should know that Key Generators are software that can be exploited easier then manipulating the Operating System or other name brand software such as your flash player... office suite... etc.. so having your AV flag these types of software is good. A good question to ask yourself is "If I am going to be pirating games and software, then why am I trying to protect my computer by running an AV software"? ...Because you are more prone to malicious code then someone who uses legitamate versions of software because they wont be downloading files at an alarming rate...

If I wanted to release a virus.. wouldn't it be a good idea to call it Age of Tanks... or Modern Warfare 2 FREEE... it makes you think it is a free game.. guess what happens when you download it... you had no idea it was a virus but now you have been compromised.

So you can see that by downloading files that you aren't really sure of, can easily raise the risk of being compromised versus someone who uses legit software.

I should also mention that using free AV software is better than not having any at all, it is still better in my opinion to purchase a subscription as these "paid" subscriptions are what drive the industries virus definitions support. Meaning... your free AV software is getting its virus definitions from companies that charge for subscriptions (no names).

Hope that helps.
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