HpDeviceDetection2.dll trojan?

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  1. Ericthegreat
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    Ericthegreat Not New Member

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    AVG says its a trojan it is in my /programfiles/hp folder, im thinking it was a false positive but I removed it anyway, what do you guys think?
     
  2. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Check if your HP Updater now works.

    All it takes for a file to be detected as a "virus" is sharing a sufficient part of machine code with a virus to be deemed "similar" - if it was actually HP's DLL, it might have been harmless and could cause stability problems. Alternatively, a virus may "latch onto" a genuine file (infect) in which case it is preferable to attempt to cure it and if that's impossible, delete it.
     
  3. Ericthegreat
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    Ericthegreat Not New Member

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    Really don't know what hp update even is, this is a fresh install of windows, just for some reason I remember I had to install the hp support assistant for something, but I never had to use it.
     
  4. Foxi4

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    In that case the program you've never used will not function from now on. :P
     
  5. Ericthegreat
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    Whatever lol, you guys think it was prob a false positive then too tho?
     
  6. Foxi4

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    Depends. It could be a troyan which latched onto the file, it could be a file that was similar to a troyan - you'll never know since it's gone now. :P

    Googling the DLL's name could shed some light on the issue.
     
  7. Ericthegreat
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    Ericthegreat Not New Member

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    tryed that first lol, really no help.
    was one other guy had the same prob this month, I kinda highly doubt it was a virus cause I really dont do anything much other then go to this site on my windows partition (any real surfing is done on linux) but I guess you never know really.
     
  8. Zetta_x

    Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

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    I think it's a false positive. The way updaters work usually resembles a trojan. I'm guessing AVG tuned their heuristic's engine and poor HP updater happened to be classified as a trojan.
     
  9. Rydian

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    You could tell us what AVG actually says...
     
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    I do not have an answer for you but I will just leave this here.
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